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Lunchtime Lecture: Beckett and the Portrait

15 August 2019, 13:15

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions and Gallery Supporters) Book online, or visit the Gallery in person.

Samuel Beckett
by John Minihan
1984
NPG x28996

Immerse yourself in history, art and culture at our popular Lunchtime Lectures. Doors open at 12.45. Lectures begin at 13.15 and last approximately one hour.

Samuel Beckett's work often concentrates on the face, and this reflects a long interest in the portrait. In this illustrated talk Conor Carville draws on Beckett's writing, published and unpublished, to show how Beckett used painting as a stimulus throughout his career.

Conor Carville is Associate Professor of English at Reading University. His book on Irish cultural theory The Ends of Ireland: Criticism, History, Subjectivity, appeared in 2012. Samuel Beckett and the Visual was published from Cambridge University Press in March 2018. Other recent publications include essays on Beckett's early poetry, and on his novels Watt and Murphy. His book of poems Harm’s Way was published by Dedalus Press in 2011, a new collection, English Martyrs is forthcoming in September.