Introduction to Lowry : Gary Day

"Lowry has never been regarded as a great painter, merely a popular one. This one day course will ask what is the secret of Lowry’s appeal. It will look at his life as well as his paintings and, in the process, suggest that there is far more to Lowry than was ever dreamed of in Brian and Michael’s 1978 hit song Matchstick Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs."

Tutor: Gary Day

Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan next year.