Finding a Place: creative-critical wanderings in landscape with Anna Burton

Walking Writers Salon

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2024-05-15 18:00
18:00 UTC
Free for supporting members!
Video recording

The idea of ‘place’ helps us to consider our relationship to, and journey through, life’s landscapes, both literal and metaphorical. Whether we feel well-placed, on top, lost, out of place, or facing an uphill climb, we often describe our positionalities through metaphors about our physical positions, and, in turn, our relationships to our physical surroundings can have a profound impact on our sense of where we are in life. 

In this series of creative-critical talks hosted by walk-listen-create’s poet-in-residence Shani Cadwallender and writer-in-residence Amelia Hodsdon, we invite scholars and writers whose work explores landscape, walking, and ‘finding a place’ to discuss what their latest research reveals about human relationships to place. 

To celebrate the recent move towards incorporating creative or ‘non-traditional’ methodologies into research, our guests will also provide a stimulus for creative works, to which our writers-in-residence will respond. These creative responses will be presented alongside the main talk, followed by a (hopefully productively!) meandering discussion and Q&A. 

Shani and Amelia have invited researcher and author Dr Anna Burton to be their guest. Anna has researched and written extensively about trees and how they have influenced the way we write about them – you can read some of her work in “Trees in Nineteenth Century English Fiction: A Silvicultural Novel“.

Anna Burton

Anna Burton

Dr Anna Burton is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Derby. Anna’s research is concerned with representations of trees and woodland in nineteenth-century literature and culture; her book, Trees in Nineteenth-Century Fiction: The Silvic...

Shani Cadwallender

Shani Cadwallender

Poet in residence Writer in residence 2023/24

Shani Cadwallender is a poet, teacher and PhD researcher at Birkbeck UoL, whose interests are in trees, identity and ecopoetics.

Amelia Hodsdon

Amelia Hodsdon

Writer in residence 2023/24

I work with words for a living, to learn, and for fun. I walk in the gaps. Originally from Cheltenham, I recently moved back after 25 years in London, and am relearning the local landscape. Words for a living: editing and proofreading, formerly for the Gua...


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