Stapleford Granary

Course description

14.00–18.00  £60

In partnership with Literature Cambridge 

T. S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land (1922) is one of the monuments of modern English literature. But how do we make sense of this strange, fragmented piece of writing? How do we begin to read it – what were Eliot’s concerns when he was writing, just after the First World War ­– and how does the poem speak to us now? Two expert lecturers will open our eyes to this poem, helping us to understand some of its interests and its literary techniques, and showing us why The Waste Land can be so rewarding to read.

Michael Hrebeniak and Sarah Cain will provide some essential sign posts to guide us through the poem and to understand the context in which it was written. We also provide a rare opportunity to hear the poem read aloud in full by a superb reader.

An inspiring and accessible course for readers of all ages.


Artist/speaker: Sarah Cain & Michael Hrebeniak

Further info

Sarah Cain is a Lecturer and Director of Studies in English at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where she teaches a broad range of modern literature, with a special interest in T. S. Eliot. She has published on literature and science, on fact-checking in the New Yorker, and lectures widely, including at the T. S. Eliot Festival.

Michael Hrebeniak is a Lecturer and Director of Studies in English at Wolfson College, Cambridge. He teaches a wide range of twentieth-century literature and film, with a special interest in American literature. He is also a jazz musician and film maker. He recently made a film about Cambridge’s Stourbridge Common, called Stirbitch. His publications include Action Writing: Jack Kerouac's Wild Form (2008).