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R.M. Francis – The Chain Coral Chorus: a geopoetics filmpoem In collaboration with filmmaker, Paul Stringer, this short filmpoem explores the sites that make up the UNESCO Black Country Geopark. Focusing on R. M. Francis’ poetics and poetry, and discussing Kenneth White, Francis Ponge and Don McKay, this film is a tour across this post-industrialContinue reading “Films”

A Memory of Darkness – Louise Beer

Louise Beer works between London, Margate and Aotearoa New Zealand. She uses installation, moving image, photography and sound to explore humanity’s evolving understanding of Earth’s environments and the cosmos. Louise creates objects and experiences that reflect the incomprehensible nature of reality, from the ocean floor to the night sky. In 2021, Louise was awarded aContinue reading “A Memory of Darkness – Louise Beer”

Place and Community

Panelists Sarah Butler (chair) Sarah Butler has three novels published by Picador in the UK and with fourteen international publishers: Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love (2013), Before The Fire (2015) and Jack and Bet (2020). In November 2018, she published a novella, Not Home, written in conversation with people living in unsupported temporary accommodation in Manchester. Sarah’s work explores ideas ofContinue reading “Place and Community”

Words, Water and Belonging

Panelists Sarah Jasmon (chair) Sarah Jasmon lives on a boat on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Lancashire and writes novels, short stories and creative non-fiction. An associate lecturer in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University for several years, she is currently studying for a PhD in Creative Geography in which she explores the canalsContinue reading “Words, Water and Belonging”

The Spirit of Place

Panelists Jess Edwards (chair) Professor Jess Edwards is the Head of the Department of English at Manchester Metropolitan University. His main areas of interest are both the literary aspects of geography and the geographic aspects of literature, with his early published research concerned with the early modern period when a recognisably ‘modern’ cartography first emerged.Continue reading “The Spirit of Place”

Women Walking

Panelists Anna Chilvers (chair) Anna is particularly interested in the links between writing, walking and the landscape, and in 2015 received a grant from the Arts Council to walk the five hundred miles from St Abbs in Scotland to Ely in Cambridgeshire as research for her 2020 novel, East Coast Road. When she’s not sittingContinue reading “Women Walking”

Different Ways to Access Space

Panelists Sarah Butler (chair) Sarah is a novelist, with an accompanying practice in socially-engaged, place-specific writing. Fascinated by the relationships between stories, places and communities, her work explores identity, belonging, landscape and home. She has a particular interest in urban spaces and urban change, and is one quarter of Women Talk Place. Julia Webb-Harvey JuliaContinue reading “Different Ways to Access Space”

Language and Belonging

Panelists Emma Dawson Varughese (chair) Emma Dawson Varughese is a Staffordshire Moorlands artist. She grew up surrounded by fire-making, woodworkers and a couple of generations of ‘makers’. Her creative practice ‘Aag’ (Hindi: fire) uses pyrography and decorative metalware on tree sections or on wood pieces. With a PhD in literary studies (Nottingham, 2007), her workContinue reading “Language and Belonging”

Green Spaces and Ordinary Folk

Panelists Jane Samuels (Chair) Jane Samuels is a writer, visual artist and teacher from Manchester. Her work is grounded in place, walking and psychogeography and her written and visual work explores walking methodologies, the inherent power structures that play out in place, and the human relationship with urban and rural environments. In 2019, Jane publishedContinue reading “Green Spaces and Ordinary Folk”

Ways of Walking

Panelists Nikki Fairchild and Carol Taylor Nikki Fairchild is Associate Head (Research and Innovation), School of Education and Sociology, University of Portsmouth. Her research is theoretically informed by critical feminist materialist and posthumanist theory-praxis. She employs creative methodologies to disturb knowledge production and relationality entangling with gender, place-spaces, time, temporality and childhoods. She is anContinue reading “Ways of Walking”


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