Discover the Exeter Book (July)

Event Date: 
01/07/2015 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm
Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives

Wednesday 1st July 2015, 13.00-15.30 (Library and Archives, Palace Gate)

Your opportunity to experience the oldest book of English literature in existence – right here in Exeter!

Written in about 970AD, the Exeter Book is the oldest of only four surviving books of Anglo-Saxon literature anywhere in the world. Much admired for its beautiful writing and the quality of its verse, this unique book of poetry has been at Exeter Cathedral since Leofric, the first Bishop of Exeter, gave it to his church in around 1072. Within its 246 pages are some 40 poems and nearly 100 poetic...

Golding's archive given to university

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:03am

Lord of the Flies, the classic novel by William Golding, marks the 60th anniversary of its publication today (17 September).

The same day, a significant part of Golding’s archive, including the manuscript of his most famous novel, will be consigned to the University of Exeter on long-term loan.

This will be the first time that academics, students and members of the public will have extensive access to the drafts of Golding’s published novels, providing the opportunity to see and study in detail the workings of the Nobel Laureate.

Lord of the Flies is often used as a...