Writing Britain: lecture series

As the world’s attention turns to the UK this summer, the British Library will be celebrating some of the outstanding treasures of its English literature collections. Featuring a range of stunning items, some of which have never been seen before, Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands will draw on the breadth of the Library’s collections to explore how writers from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf and Hanif Kureishi have been inspired by, and helped to shape, the nation’s understanding of landscape and place.

To accompany this exhibition, a series of lectures will be offered in the British Library’s Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre. Students can attend a 1-hour talk and follow it with a workshop in the Writing Britain exhibition. Lectures are aimed at GCSE, A Level and IB students. They are particularly suited to students hoping to go on to study English at undergraduate level since they provide a taste of university-style lectures.

Lectures are free of charge and will provide an opportunity to:

  • hear from expert speakers and ask questions
  • be inspired by speakers and their passion for the subject
  • broaden students’ understanding of English literature
  • inspire students to go on to study English at university

Speakers include:

Portrait of Daljit Nagra

Daljit Nagra - Poet and teacher

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 11-12pm and 2-3pm

Portrait of Charmian Knight

Charmian Knight - Academic and teacher

Tuesday 17 July 2012, 11-12pm and 2-3pm

Portrait of Nick Maes

Nick Maes - Travel writer

Thursday 13 September 2012, 11-12pm and 2-3pm

Portrait of John Bowen

John Bowen - Professor of 19th Century Literature at the University of York

Tuesday 18 September 2012, 11.15-12.15pm and 1.30-2.30pm