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St Gabriel’s

St Gabriel’s

The Poetry of Pop

The Poetry of Pop: Was Ancient Drama the Rock Music of its Era?

This ground-breaking occasion fusing high academia and cutting edge cool featured Simon Gallup and Roger O'Donnell of iconic band The Cure, speaking on the modern perspective, with Dr Henry Stead, author of A Cockney Catullus, giving the Classical angle. A lively debate ensued, with topics ranging from the mania of Greek theatre, rebellion in modern music and the overarching themes of love and death that encompass much of life and art.

So is modern rock the ancient drama of today? Who won? The jury is out. The Cure v Aeschylus: an honourable draw.

This fascinating talk was organised by the Classics Department and raised £260 for the charity Classics for All, which promotes access to Classics for all children in the UK.