The Marlowe Society
Old Weavers House in Canterbury next to the River Stour
09 May 2013

Marlowe Day 2013 in Canterbury: 8th June

Programme and Booking Details

Marlowe Day 2013 will once again be held in Canterbury on Saturday 8th June, and the final full programme has now been confirmed. Attendees should assemble at the Dominican Priory on St. Peter's Lane between 10:30am and 10:45am, where coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Both members of the Society and non-members are welcome to attend. Places for the full day (lunch, lectures, and visits) are priced £15.00, and can be reserved by sending a cheque (payable to "The Marlowe Society") together with your details and the required number of places, to our new Treasurer, Alexandra Wieck by Tuesday 4th June at the very latest. Alternatively payment can be made by direct/internet bank transfer, but please also e-mail your details and requirements to the Treasurer so that the payment when received can be matched with the application. Payment details for these two methods are as specified on our Joining Page.

Marlowe Day is held in the city of Canterbury, where of course Marlowe was born, grew up, and attended the King's School. The main venue for Marlowe Day will be the Dominican Priory on St. Peter's Lane, which is close to Westgate (for parking) and Canterbury West station (which now has the highspeed rail link to/from London St Pancras). The Priory is where attendees should meet and where the majority of the day's events take place. After an introduction to Marlowe Day by Society Chairman Valerie Colin-Russ at 10:45am, there will be a short walk to the Marlowe Memorial (close to the New Marlowe Theatre on Friars Lane - see map) for the traditional wreath-laying ceremony.

The Dominican Priory,
St Peters Lane,
CT1 2BP.

Following the ceremony, we have a stimulating, entertaining and varied programme of events. We are very privileged to welcome three renowned academics who will each discuss various aspects of Christopher Marlowe, his life, and his work. Author and scholar Ros Barber will discuss and read from her acclaimed novel-in-verse, The Marlowe Papers. In the afternoon, Amy Licence, an historian specialising in women's lives in medieval and the early modern period, will give a talk entitled Family Life in Marlowe's Canterbury. Finally, Dr Richard Wilson, who gave such a stimulating talk on Marlowe and Shakespeare at our last AGM, will this time speak to us on the subject of Dr Faustus and the Law of Contract.

Marlowe Day: Saturday 8th June 2013


  • 10:30 to 10:45 - Assemble at the Dominican Priory.
  • Coffee and biscuits.
  • 10:45 - Chairman's Welcome
  • Chairman of the Marlowe Society, Valerie Colin-Russ, welcomes members, friends and guests.
  • 10:55 - Wreath-laying
  • A short walk to the Marlowe Memorial for the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at 11:00.
  • 11:30 - The Marlowe Papers
  • Poet, novelist, and scholar Ros Barber discusses and reads from her book verse-novel.
  • 12:45 - Buffet Lunch
  • Including a free glass of wine.
  • 14:00 - Family Life in Marlowe's Canterbury
  • A talk by Amy Licence, an historian specialising in women's lives in medieval and the early modern period.
  • 15:00 - Dr Faustus and the Law of Contract
  • A talk by Dr Richard Wilson, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Kingston University, who spoke so brilliantly at our recent AGM - we just had to have a return visit!
  • 16:15 approx - Tea & Farewells
  • Tea will be served after Dr Wilson's talk.