Land Lines: British Nature Writing, 1789-2014

Welcome to the website for Land Lines, a research project exploring British nature writing from the late eighteenth century to the present. The project is a collaboration between researchers from the Universities of Leeds, Sussex and St Andrews, and will involve various public events, including a museum exhibition, public talks, schools and a family fun day. This website will act as an information hub for activities relating to the project. Landlines is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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Events

Land Lines will involve a number of public and scholarly events from 2017-19. Check this page for upcoming activities.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Land Lines present two events based at the Flamborough Head Living Seas Centre. Please follow the links below for more information and booking:

Friday 14th September 2018, ‘The Sea Inside: Memories, Feelings, Experiences’: A talk and reading from writer Philip Hoare 

Saturday 15th September 2018, ‘Living Seas: Nature writing-themed family fun day out’ with acclaimed writer Philip Hoare

 

19 May – 21 September 2017, Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton: ‘Stories on the Wing: Birds in British Literature’

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This special exhibition explores the relationship between British birds and storytelling through the ages. Combining books and specimens, it shows how ornithologists have turned their observations of birds into stories and how birds have sparked our imaginations over time through myths, folk tales and creative writing.

The display is accompanied by a series of public talks. Click the links below to book your free tickets:

Thursday 15 June 2017, 7.30-9pm: Flying off the Page: Birds in Literature, Victorian Era to the Present.

In this double-event, Will Abberley (University of Sussex) will explore Victorian writing about birds while Nicholas Royle reads from his new novel An English Guide to Birdwatching.

Thursday 13 July 2017, 7.30-9pm: Messengers and Metaphors: Birds in Art and Literature.

Mark Cocker, author of Crow Country and Birds Britannica, will talk about the use of birds as symbols and mythical figures through history.

Thursday 10 August, 7.30-9pm, 2017: Romantic Writers and the Mystery of Birds.

David Higgins (University of Leeds) will explore how writers in the Romantic period found inspiration in birds.

 

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Contact

Welcome to the website for Land Lines, a research project exploring British nature writing from the late eighteenth century to the present. The project is a collaboration between researchers from the Universities of Leeds, Sussex and St Andrews, and will involve various public events, including a museum exhibition, public talks, schools and a family fun day. This website will act as an information hub for activities relating to the project. Landlines is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The researchers behind Land Lines are:

Professor Graham Huggan (University of Leeds).

Dr David Higgins (University of Leeds).

Dr Will Abberley (University of Sussex).

Dr Christina Alt (University of St Andrews).

The email address for the project is landlines@leeds.ac.uk.

 

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The project web site was created by Will Abberley. To contact him, please use the form below.