Creating Chaucer


Creating Chaucer

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 Saturday 27 April 2024


 At the Weston Library

 Free, just drop in!
Booking required for Telling Tales

About the event

Join us to explore Chaucer’s world through creative activities, talks and discussion.

  • Take a highlights tour of the exhibition Chaucer Here and Now with curator Marion Turner
  • Make a moving puppet of Chaucer with Sigi Koerner
  • Learn cartoon drawing in a live session with artist Kristen Haas Curtis
  • Create your own original traveller’s tale and make a Tabard Inn for its telling  
  • Take the constellation challenge and discover how horoscopes were read in Chaucer’s day with Shelley Williams
  • Make a pilgrim badge as a souvenir of your visit
  • Print a Chaucer keepsake

Telling Tales: Marion Turner in conversation with Patience Agbabi, 1.30 – 2pm
Sir Victor Blank Lecture Theatre

Professor Marion Turner, curator of Chaucer Here and Now, talks to prize-winning poet Patience Agbabi, author of Telling Tales, about how and why she created her own versions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in forms ranging from rap to sonnets.

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Living Library, 1.30 – 3.30pm
Chat to academics in our ‘Living Library’ and explore topics including:

  • Travel and travel writing in the Middle Ages with Professor Anthony Bale
  • Chaucer in the nineteenth century with Dr Clare Broome Saunders
  • Scribes and readers of Chaucer: the first century with Professor Daniel Wakelin
  • Medieval women, modern voices with Dr Laura Varnam
  • ‘Hooly blisful martir’: Chaucer’s pilgrims in Canterbury with Dr Alison Ray
  • The Medieval in the Modern with Professor Carolyne Larrington


This event takes place in person in Blackwell Hall at the Weston Library.

Weston Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

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 Wheelchair access

The Weston Library is wheelchair accessible.


The Bodleian Libraries Learning Programme is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust:

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