International conference

A Tribute to Kathleen Raine (1908-2003)    

Due to the health crisis, the conference has been postponed to 

Thursday March 24  and Friday March 25, 2022

25-26 March, 2021

Paris – Sorbonne Nouvelle


KR                                                                                                                                 © Claire Garnier-Tardieu


The aim of the international conference A Tribute to Kathleen Raine is to give full prominence to one of the major literary figures of the twentieth century, a poet, autobiographer and an essayist, more than fifteen years after her death. The conference will bring together her English and French friends, who greatly admire a work not to be forgotten, but given due praise. It will take place in Paris, a city cherished by Kathleen Raine who had very strong links with France, which she called “The golden land of the Imagination”.

On June 5, 1987, she received the title of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Caen on the 30th anniversary of the rebuilding of the university; in 1994, the title of officier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres , and, in 2000, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. The same year, she was made Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.

Kathleen Raine is known internationally for her work on William Blake and W.B. Yeats, and for her unwavering commitment to culture and the sophia perennis; a commitment which led to the foundation of the Temenos Academy, in London, whose Patron is the Prince of Wales.


The conference is organised around three strands:

  • The poet
  • The autobiographer
  • The essayist and philosopher

The tribute will consist of three plenaries, two panels, one on Kathleen Raine and France, the other on The Temenos Academy, parallel sessions and, finally, poetry readings, dances and musical performances.






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