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Theme - North-South Conference

Past events

Owenvarragh

27 June, 7.30pm, Rymer Auditorium, University of York

‘A circus of sound, words, and images’: live recitation, recordings and images from poet and novelist Ciaran Carson’s elegy to Belfast, The Star Factory, devised by Martin Dowling and Una Monaghan, from John Cage’s 1979 Roaratorio, an Irish circus on Finnegan’s Wake, with live music performed by traditional musicians from Belfast.

Admission: Free, ticketed


Grim Tales: How literature has demonised the North of England

27 June, 2pm, Berrick Saul Building, University of York

Writing about the north of England has for years woefully concentrated on the bleak and dour. This is one of the themes of True North, a book by Northern Editor of The Guardian, Martin Wainwright.  In this talk he shows that where authors have achieved a balanced, contextual description of the North, their good work has been undone by critics, the media and others via the selection only of the glum side. Wainwright presents a contrary image and argues that it is important to do so if the present, shameful, imbalance between northern and metropolitan England is to be put right, as it must be.

Admission: Free, ticketed