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Literary Festival 2013: Place Writing: landscape, nature and identity


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Speaker(s): Paul Farley, Tristan Gooley, Sara Maitland
Chair: Professor Tim Cresswell

Recorded on 2 March 2013 in Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building.

Paul Farley has received widespread acclaim for his poetry, including the Whitbread Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the E.M. Forster Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year. From 2000-02 he was poet-in-residence at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere, and as a broadcaster he has made many programmes with the BBC on art, landscape and literature, including Auden: Six Unexpected Days, The Larkin Tapes and Children of the Whitsun Weddings. Edgelands, a non-fiction book (co-written with Michael Symmons Roberts), was serialised as a Radio 4 Book of the Week in 2011. His latest collection, The Dark Film, is a Poetry Book Society Choice.

Tristan Gooley is a writer, navigator and explorer. He has worked in travel most of his life, led expeditions on five continents and pioneered a renaissance in the very rare art of natural navigation. Tristan is the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed single-handed across the Atlantic. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Institute of Navigation and Vice Chairman of the UK's largest independent travel company, Trailfinders. His books include The Natural Explorer and The Natural Navigator. His website is www.naturalnavigator.com.

Sara Maitland is the author of numerous works of fiction, including the Somerset Maugham Award-winning Daughters of Jerusalem, and several non-fiction books about religion. The Book of Silence was shortlisted for four prizes: The Orwell, the Saltire, The Scottish Arts Council book award and the Bristol Festival of Ideas Book prize, and has sold more than 30,000 copies. Born in 1950, she studied at Oxford University and currently tutors on the MA in creative writing for Lancaster University. Her latest book is Gossip from the Forests.

Tim Cresswell is pofessor of human geography at Royal Holloway.

This event forms part of LSE's 5th Space for Thought Literary Festival, taking place from Tuesday 26 February - Saturday 2 March 2013, with the theme 'Branching Out'.

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