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A MERL-DEL Seminar Series
February 28 - March 21

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February 28
March 21
12:00pm - 1:00pm
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The Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road
Reading, Berkshire RG1 5EX United Kingdom
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We welcome back our popular collaboration with the Department of English Literature for a third exciting series, Writing the Rural. This year’s talks are chaired jointly by Dr Paddy Bullard and by our current Research Fellow, writer Suzy Joinson. Their guests include the usual inspiring mix of writers and literary thinkers, as well as folk musician Martin Simpson.

The seminars take place on selected Thursdays, 12-1pm at The MERL. Booking is recommended as places are limited. (Link coming soon)

Thursday 28th February

Graceful clods: soil in eighteenth-century poetry

Tess Somervell, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, School of English, University of Leeds

Thursday 7th March

Seagulls and Hares: Writing in a time of Environmental Crisis  

Suzy Joinson in conversation with Tim Dee and Hugh Dunkerley.  

Suzy Joinson is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, University of Chichester and Research Fellow at The MERL.
Hugh Dunkerley is a Reader in Creative Writing and Contemporary Poetry Programme Coordinator, MA in Creative Writing, University of Chichester.
Tim Dee is a writer, BBC radio producer and birdwatcher and author of The Running Sky and Four Fields.

Thursday 14th March

Song Maps and Ridgeways: songwriting and landscape

with folk musician Martin Simpson 

Thursday 21st March

Time Song – Journeys in Search of Doggerland: Time and Landscape  

Suzy Joinson in conversation with author, Julia Blackburn.