Talking Place: Day One


Registration and coffee

10.00am – 10.40am: Keynote Speech

Rachel Lichtenstein: Contemporary British Women Exploring, Writing and Researching Place

Based on three decades of experience as ‘one of the few prominent female figures operating within the fuzzily defined field of contemporary psychogeography’ (The Guardian), Dr Rachel Lichtenstein will give an illustrated talk on her own research and unique multi-media creative practice, alongside celebrating the work of other female place writers and discussing how the field is changing for women today.

10.45am – 11.45am: Session One

Women Walking

Anna Chilvers (chair)

Julia Bennett (Chester) – Lockdown Scrapbook

Mary Pearson (Plymouth) – Mapping by Walking

Sonia Overall (Canterbury) – Boxed Walking Festival

12.00pm – 1.00pm: Session Two

The Spirit of Place

Jess Edwards (chair)

Joe Fenn – In Place of Worship

Rachel Andrews (NUI Galway) – Recovering: Mapping the Spatial Presence of Ghosts at an Unmarked Burial Site in Co. Cork

Sharron Kraus – Real and Imagined Places

1.00pm – 2.00pm

Three film presentations running will be shown during the lunch break – details below

2.00pm – 3.15pm: Session Three

Words, Water and Belonging

Sarah Jasmon (chair)

Sarah Butler (MMU) – Place and Prepositions                         

JLM Morton – Wool and Water: Power and Place

Sarah Jane Butler – Writing Away from the Self 

Jodie Matthews (Huddersfield) – A Fluid Place

3.45pm – 5.00pm: Session Four

Place and Community

Sarah Butler (chair)

Jenna Ashton (Manchester) – Our Green and Pleasant Land

Annie Lord (MMU) – The Neighbouring Orchard

Claire Boardman (York) – Communities within Communities

Elaine Speight (UCLAN) – FEED: A Public Baby Feeding Chair

Films (will be shown at lunch time in the main hall)

R M Francis – The Chain Coral Chorus: a geopoetics filmpoem

Nirmal Puwar/Adele Reed – In Memoriam: Tree Felling at the Plaza

Mark Goodwin – 3 film poems: Earth Acceleration, Situation and Moor

To book your place for Day One of the symposium, click here

5.30pm – 7.30pm

The event space and bar at the IABF will be open for relaxed conversation and networking

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