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Death of Professor Sir Geoffrey Hill

Friday 01 July 2016

The College is very sad to announce the death of Professor Sir Geoffrey Hill (Keble 1950), Honorary Fellow and University Professor of Poetry 2010-15.

Born in 1932 Sir Geoffrey Hill was an English poet, professor emeritus of English literature and religion, and former co-director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University where he taught for 18 years. He received the Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in 2009 for his Collected Critical Writings. The publication of Broken Hierarchies (Poems 1952–2012) was widely celebrated. Hill is recognised as one of the principal contributors to poetry in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He was a regular visitor to Keble and will be greatly missed by many.

We send our deepest sympathy to his family.

A Memorial Service will be held in Keble Chapel on Saturday 22 October at 2pm. A reception will follow in Keble Hall. For catering purposes, please indicate if you are planning to attend the reception here.

Many tributes have already been paid to this great poet, including an obituary written by the son of the late Keble Fellow, Dr Denys Potts, available here.