17 March 2022
Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle, NE1 7RY
How has the environment influenced communication across the circumpolar north? From the correspondence of 19th-century explorers to Indigenous narratives and memorials, the circulation of personal histories is interwoven with topography. Nancy Campbell explores textual practice in the north, and considers how contemporary readers salvage and interpret these, often fragmentary, documents.
This is a joint event organised by the Yorkshire and North East committee and Tyneside Geographical Society.
Nancy Campbell received the prestigious Ness Award 2020 from the Royal Geographical Society for her literary response to the arctic environment, including works of non-fiction (The Library of Ice), poetry (Disko Bay) and artist’s books (How to Say ‘I Love You’ in Greenlandic). In 2018 she was appointed the UK’s Canal Laureate - the poems written during her two-year tenure were installed along the waterways where they could be seen projected on wharves at night, stencilled on towpaths, or engraved into fish gates. Nancy’s work has been commissioned for arts and heritage organisations including the Royal Academy, the British Library, the BBC, and most recently the Dutch chamber orchestra Ensemble VONK, and she contributes regularly to the Guardian and the Times Literary Supplement. She grew up in the 'debatable lands' of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, and is currently based in Oxford.
The talk is free, and advcance booking is not required. The talk will start at 17:30 (doors open 17:15) and will be held in the Curtis Auditorium, Herschel Building, Newcastle University. The Herschel Building is on George Place, opposite Haymarket Metro and Bus stations and is easily accessed by public transport. Nearest parking is at Eldon Square or Eldon Garden Multi-Story Car Parks, which are both free after 17:00.
All event attendees will be expected to follow any COVID-19 rules that the venue has in place. Please do not attend the event if you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms.
In line with government and public health COVID-19 guidelines, this event may be cancelled or the capacity may be reduced at short notice. If this happens, we will be in contact to notify you and arrange a refund (if required).
Event is co-delivered by the Society and the Tyneside Geographical Society.
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