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Maureen Lipman

Under Cover: A Poet’s Life in Publishing

Jeremy Robson Interviewed by Maureen Lipman

Sunday, 31 March 2019

4:00pm

1 hour

Worcester College: Lecture Theatre

£7 - £12.50

Jeremy Robson talks about his life as a successful poet and publisher that saw him work with many bestselling authors and occupy a place at the heart of the UK’s poetry scene, in conversation with his friend, and one of his authors, actress and comedian Maureen Lipman.

Robson’s new memoir is full of stories of those he has worked with including driving Muhammad Ali around Britain, enjoying a laugh with Spike Milligan, and a poetry tour of Israel with Ted Hughes. He talks about his friendships with the likes of Dannie Abse, Laurie Lee and Vernon Scannell, and about the hundreds of poetry and jazz concerts he famously organised. He describes the challenges and joys of founding his own independent publishing company and offers an insight into the changing face of the publishing industry.

Robson worked in publishing before founding his own publishing company, Robson Books, in 1973. He edited many landmark poetry anthologies. His own poetry has been widely published, including his most recent collections Blues in the Park and Subject Matters. He initiated and participated in the highly popular Poetry and Jazz in Concert events that featured many leading poets and musicians.

Lipman is an Olivier-winning actress who has played many leading theatrical, television and film roles during a long and successful career. She recently starred alongside Martin Shaw in The Best Man at the Playhouse Theatre and re-joined the cast of Coronation Street for the second time. Lipman is author of several bestselling books.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden