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57. Talk: A Route of Evanescence

17 October 2021, 13:30 - 14:15

Enjoy the whole festival live online for £165 with a Digital Festival Pass. All events will be available on demand after broadcast until 30th November, so you can catch up at a time which suits you.

This event is a pre-concert talk which will be streamed online for free. Watch this conversation live at 13:30, or afterwards on demand. The livestream will be available to view on this page (no ticket required). Please refresh this page at 13:30 to view the livestream.

For in-person audiences, this event is only available if you have purchased a ticket for Event 58: Settings of Emily Dickinson

Erica McAlpine, Associate Professor of English at the University of Oxford, introduces the poetry of Emily Dickinson, with particular reference to the role played by nature in Dickinson’s output.


This event is an in-person and livestreamed event. Livestreamed performances will be available to watch live in our Digital Concert Hall at the advertised performance time and will be available to watch again and on demand until the end of November.

Want to watch this concert in person and at home? 'Hybrid' tickets, valid both in person and for the Digital Concert Hall, are also available for an additional £3 to the in-person price.

All our seating is unreserved. This means you are guaranteed a seat in your chosen area, but not a specific seat. In order to allow for social distancing, you will be seated as an individual or as a group, based on the number of tickets you booked for this concert.

For groups of more than 10, please phone or email the box office to book your tickets.

The event duration is approximately 45 minutes, with no interval.


(Online bookings only)

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For even further discounts click here for more information on our Festival Passes.

Tickets for both in-person and the Digital Concert Hall will be issued as eTickets by default. Printed tickets are available on request, for an additional fee.


Due to COVID-19 we have to do things a little differently this year. In order to keep everyone safe, our seating and concert conditions are subject to change in line with changing government guidance.

For more information about our COVID-19 safety measures, please click here.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 on the day of the concert, please do not attend, but get in touch with our box office to arrange a refund.

Artist Portrait

Erica McAlpine

Erica McAlpine


Erica McAlpine grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She is an Associate Professor of English and Fellow of St Edmund Hall at Oxford, where she lives with her husband and two children. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The New Criterion, The Spectator, Slate, and elsewhere. She studied English and Latin poetry as an undergraduate at Harvard before earning an MPhil from Cambridge and a PhD from Yale. Her book The Poet’s Mistake appeared with Princeton University Press in 2020, and The Country Gambler, a c... Read Full Biography

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