Thursday, 23 February 2012

Readings for Tuesday 28th February

As mentioned below our next meeting will take place on this coming Tuesday, led by Laurie Mckee. We'll be talking about Robin Hood and theories of hospitality (especially Derridean), and our texts are:

As usual, all are warmly and hospitably welcomed to join and discounted wine will flow. If you're not on the mailing list and would like to join in, just email us at

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Change of Date and Upcoming Events

The session planned for Friday 17th February has been postponed until Tuesday 28th February, at 4.30pm in Lipman 121. Laurie McKee will be leading the session on Robin Hood, Jacques Derrida and hospitality. We'll send the readings around shortly.
The following meeting will take place as planned on Friday 16th March, led by Anna Hope.
In the mean time, there are a couple of events over the road at NCLA to keep you busy...
  • 22 Feb TippingPoint: An evening of readings and multimedia artworks. Editor Gregory Norminton will be in discussion with some of the authors (Jay Griffiths; Lawrence Norfolk) who have contributed to his anthology Out of Chaos: Short Stories for our Shared Planet (Oneworld, 2012). The stories were specially commissioned for Norminton’s collection and respond to ecological crisis.
  • 23 Feb NCLA Water Poetry Competition Award Ceremony with John Burnside and W.N. Herbert.
...and a new website featuring Prof Donald Hayden’s photography of locations and routes from Wordsworth’s Travels in Scotland and his walking tour of 1790 is now online.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

CFP: Spatial Perspectives

On the 22nd June, Oxford University will be hosting an excellent-sounding conference investigating the ways in which literature and architecture interact. Writers and researchers are invited to propose papers discussing textual spaces and spatial texts, narrative and architecture, interiors and design and many other topics. For more information and details of how to get involved  head over to

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Events in February

A couple of events at the Lit & Phil this month will appeal to those of us interested in places and spaces. On the 22nd Natasha Vall of Teeside University will examine how, after 1945, the North East struggled to create cultural policies which would support its vernacular culture. Then on the 29th a number of creative writing staff from Northumbria University will read from their work, including Ian Davidson and Michael Cawood Green whose rich works explore issues of space and location (see: for more information).

Some other snippets: the London Review of Books has some excellent articles this month, including Jeremy Harding's discussion of European borders and John Burnside's moving recollection of his time in the Arctic Circle (

We'll see you again towards the end of this month (date tbc) for a session on Derrida, hospitality and (believe it or not) Robin Hood.