Fantasy Worlds: Fantasy Maps

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Cartographies of the imagination.

This event will take place in the British Library. It will be simultaneously live streamed on the British Library platform as part of Fantasy Worlds: A Day of Talks online day pass. Tickets may be booked either to attend in person (physical) or to watch on our platform (online) either live or within 48 hours on catch up. Viewing links for the online version will be sent out shortly before the event. 

As two-dimensional depictions of a three-dimensional world, maps can only ever offer us a representation of reality. But what of maps of fictional or even fantastical places? 

Why are fantasy writers from J.R.R. Tolkien to George R. R. Martin, in particular, so drawn to cartography? What do these fabulous charts add to the story? When did it all begin? How close do they map onto the timeless worlds they illustrate? Where does the line lie between truth and fiction in the weird and wonderful landscapes of gamers, ancient and modern?  

Our panel will help unravel the mystery of fantastical maps in conversation with the author Travis Elborough.  
Described by the Guardian as ‘one of the country’s finest pop culture historians’, Travis Elborough has been a freelance author, broadcaster and cultural commentator for over two decades now. Elborough’s books include Through the Looking Glasses: The Spectacular Life of Spectacles and Atlas of Vanishing Places, winner of Edward Stanford Travel Book Award in 2020. 

This event accompanies our exhibition Fantasy: Realms of Imagination, supported by:

Wayland Games   

If you’re attending in person, please arrive no later than 15 minutes before the start time of this event.

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Name: Fantasy Worlds: Fantasy Maps
Where: Pigott Theatre
The Knowledge Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: From £5 – £10
Concessions available
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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