The original Land Lines project hosted a number of public and scholarly events from 2017-19. Please see below for an archived list of our events. Check our homepage for upcoming events related to our current follow on projects!
- Nature Writing’s Future Pasts: Land Lines Conference, 28th February–1st March 2019: more details and the CfP here.
- Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Land Lines presented two events based at the Flamborough Head Living Seas Centre in September 2018:
- 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’
This special exhibition explored the relationship between British birds and storytelling through the ages. Combining books and specimens, it showed 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 was accompanied by a series of public talks:
- 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) explored Victorian writing about birds while Nicholas Royle read 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, talked 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) explored how writers in the Romantic period found inspiration in birds.