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A MERL-DEL Seminar Series
February 28, 2019 - March 14, 2019

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February 28, 2019
March 14, 2019
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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A black and white archive photo of sheep in a field being watched over by a shepherd leaning on a fence, for the seminar series

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. 

Thursday 28th February

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

Thursday 7th March

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

with folk singer and songwriter Martin Simpson 

Thursday 21st March – cancelled

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

Suzy Joinson in conversation with author, Julia Blackburn.