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Dear Memory…

Part of the Being Human Festival of Humanities

Powis Hall, Main University Building, Bangor LL57 2DG
Thursday 14 November 2019, 18:00–20:00
School of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics

‘Poetry of place’ is the idea at the heart of ‘Dear Memory…,’ a free workshop held at Bangor University as part of the Being Human Festival 2019. Combining literary, creative, and scientific approaches, we will think about the relationship between place and memory and explore how writing about, or to, a place might change the way we understand ourselves, our relationships with others, and our sense of historic and environmental belonging. The workshop is inspired by Thomas Hardy’s poetry – specifically the poem ‘Alike and Unalike (Great Orme’s Head) – but our focus lies on the landscapes and places of North Wales and the way in which they record, shape, and are in turn shaped by our memories. We will take poems as a starting point for our discussions and reflections about the relationship between place and memory, providing sample poems in English and Welsh but also inviting participants to share their own favourite ‘poetry of place.’ Throughout the workshop, participants will be encouraged to express themselves, verbally or visually, on a series of postcards, thinking through and responding to questions about our memories of place. Together, we will explore how writing – our own and that of others – can mediate and transform our perceptions of the places that loom large in our imaginations and cultural memories. The workshop is informed co-organised and -hosted by Dr Catherine Charlwood (Liverpool University), whose research on the links between memory and poetry combines literary analysis and insights from cognitive psychology, and Dr Karin Koehler (School of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics), who researches literary responses to infrastructural development. The event is free and there is no need to register.