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New City Lit Fellows announced

Story added 27th Feb 2020


We are excited to announce this year’s new City Lit Fellows. Congratulations to Professor Dame Mary Beard, Dame Evelyn Glennie and Dame Ruth Silver.

City Lit Fellowships were established by the Board of Governors in 2015. City Lit Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have shown a significant commitment to adult education in the United Kingdom and who have provided support and inspiration to City Lit and our students.

Professor Dame Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known Classicists – a distinguished Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Newnham College. She has written numerous books on the Ancient World including the 2008 Wolfson Prize-winner, Pompeii: The Life of a Roman Town. In addition, Mary presented highly acclaimed TV series, as well as documentaries on Pompeii, Caligula and Julius Caesar, and is a regular broadcaster and media commentator. Mary is also Classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement and writes a thought-provoking blog, A Don’s Life. Mary’s new two-part documentary, Shock of the Nude, is broadcasted on BBC Two in February 2020.

We are delighted to present Mary with her City Lit Fellowship Award on Wednesday 22 April in the John Lyon’s Theatre at City Lit. We will discuss her life and career and conclude the evening with the presentation of her Fellowship award followed by a glass of wine and book signing session. Find out more here >

Performing worldwide with the greatest orchestras, conductors and artists, Dame Evelyn Glennie’s solo recordings, which now exceed 30 CDs, are as diverse as her career on-stage. A double GRAMMY award winner and BAFTA nominee Evelyn is a composer for film, television and music library companies. Evelyn was awarded an OBE in 1993 and now has over 100 international awards to date, including the Polar Music Prize and the Companion of Honour. Evelyn is currently embarking on the formation of The Evelyn Glennie Collection. The vision is to open a centre that embodies her mission to Teach the World to Listen.

‘My career and my life have been about listening in the deepest possible sense. Losing my hearing meant learning how to listen differently, to discover features of sound I hadn’t realized existed. Losing my hearing made me a better listener.’

Dame Ruth Silver is the founding President of the Further Education Trust for Leadership, an independent think tank focusing on the leadership of thinking in and about the FE and Skills system. She was, for 17 years, the Principal of Lewisham College, a large vocational further education London college serving a diverse and multicultural population, offering inspiring and challenging courses, with widening access into education and onwards to economic life at the core of the curriculum. Dame Ruth writes and broadcasts extensively on educational matters and is deeply committed to economic and social inclusiveness.

Find out more about our Fellowships


[Evelyn Glennie photo credit Jim Callaghan]