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Explore Northern England’s wild places with no need for waterproofs. Join us for a World Café event and discuss literary objects from moors, uplands and other wild English landscapes. Are ‘Uplandish’ folk rude and uncivilised? Why are Yorkshire moors important to literary history? And how wild are the uplands?
The World Café will be led by York St John University English Literature and Creative Writing staff whose research investigates the uplands of Northern England in a wide variety of ways. At the event you’ll be able to join a range of small group discussions as we explore several different ways of looking at the Pennines, the fells of the Lake District and beyond. This will include the dark history of the moors as a gothic and primeval space of loss and violence and the pleasures of literary tourism around the Brontës and the Lake poets.
Alex Beaumont, Helen Pleasance and Adam Stock of York St John will use physical objects, excerpts from literary texts, visual materials and other cultural forms to guide you around well-known and much-loved landscapes. They’ll show you how the uses of these places have changed over the years, and why they matter so much to regional and national culture and identity. You’ll get the chance to engage with the uplands through a range of literary concepts and creative writing exercises.