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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 Oxford Literary Festival partners & sponsors

FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Chêne Bleu Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner 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 Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College 10th St Hilda's day at the festival St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University The Feathers Hotel Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden Wadham College Wadham College