Cavafy: Life & Work : Jenny Morris

"Constantine P. Cavafy, the Greek poet, was born in Alexandria in Egypt when Egypt was still part of the Ottoman Empire. He died there in 1933, when Egypt was a Kingdom. During his youth, Cavafy lived in many different places, including Liverpool and Constantinople, but his poetry was written when he returned to Alexandria in 1885 where he became a journalist and civil servant throughout the period when Egypt was a British protectorate and beyond. His themes were philosophical, sensual and historical. His poems have been widely translated and disseminated, though mainly only informally during Cavafy's lifetime. They have also inspired many other writers and some artists, notably David Hockney. Participants are welcome to bring a copy of a translation of Cavafy's poems, but this is by no means necessary. "

Tutor: Jenny Morris

"Jenny Morris is an Associate Lecturer at the OU and also a schoolteacher, teaching Classics and Philosophy. She read these subjects at the University of Cambridge and undertook postgraduate research at University College London. She was Head of Classics at Bedford High School for Girls for twenty years and continues to teach in local schools. She started working as a tutor here at the REC in 2011 and enjoyed the company of its students immediately. "