To Oklahoma … and Beyond

16 October 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

UCLan lecturer takes Woody Guthrie show on the road

Will Kaufman, the singin’, hard-travelin’ Professor of American Literature and Culture at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is on the road to Oklahoma and beyond.

In November he will fly to Tulsa at the joint invitation of the Woody Guthrie Center and the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, where he will be presenting a series of ‘live musical documentaries’ on America’s legendary Dust Bowl Balladeer.

In the company of Guthrie’s daughter Nora, Professor Kaufman will perform his two acclaimed shows, Woody Guthrie: Hard Times and Hard Travelin’ and Woody Guthrie: The Long Road to Peekskill. Whilst there he will also be interviewed for Tulsa’s ABC-TV programme, Good Day, Tulsa and the Center for Poets and Writers’ Writing Out Loud podcast.

Immediately upon his return to the UK, Professor Kaufman will be jetting to Middelburg, The Netherlands, for presentations on Guthrie at the Roosevelt Study Centre and for the launch of a new CD – America through the Eyes of Woody – by the Dutch acoustic group, Champagne Charlie. Kaufman wrote the liner notes for the CD.

All these travels will follow a performance of The Long Road to Peekskill at the Tristan Bates Theatre in Covent Garden, London, on Saturday 26 October, as part of the Paul Robeson “Art as a Weapon” Festival.

On 30 November, Professor Kaufman will present The Long Road to Peekskill as a UCLan public event in the Mitchell and Kenyon Theatre.

For details see or contact Jenny Bennion on or call 01772 892596.