There will be a public debate on 'Why Literature Matters', sponsored by The Leavis Society and the University of Hertfordshire. Bernard Harrison and Howard Jacobson will be representing The Leavis Society. All are welcome to attend and participate in the general discussion.
'Why Literature Matters' will be held at the Bloomsbury Institute in Bedford Square (London) on 17 May 2017, with the following invited panelists:
The meeting will begin at 6:30, preceded by a wine reception at 6:00. Each of the panelists will have 10 minutes to voice their views on whether/how literature matters, and particularly whether it matters to the understanding of human psychology and morality, or whether such things are better left to 'specialists'. There will then be 30 minutes of discussion between panelists, and the final 30 minutes will be open to reactions from the floor. The panelists and organisers will then be invited to dinner at a nearby restaurant. Though we cannot afford to invite everyone, anyone attending the debate is most welcome to come along to the restaurant. Please do let us know a couple of weeks in advance so we can book!