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Past event held on Sunday 15 October

Bloomsbury Festival: Spirit of Place: Landscape and Self
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Spirit of Place by Susan Owens
Spirit of Place is published by Thames & Hudson in paperback at £12.99.

Susan Owens

Spirit of Place

Artists, Writers and the British Landscape

When we look at the landscape, what do we see? Do we experience the view over a valley or dappled sunlight on a path in the same way as those who were there before us? We have altered the countryside in innumerable ways over the last thousand years, and never more so than in the last hundred. How are these changes reflected in – and affected by – art and literature?

Spirit of Place offers a panoramic view of the British landscape as seen through the eyes of writers and artists from Bede and the Gawain-poet to Gainsborough, Austen, W.G. Sebald and Barbara Hepworth. Shaped by these distinctive voices and evocative imagery, Susan Owens describes how the British landscape has been framed, reimagined and reshaped by each generation. Each account or work of art, whether illuminated in a manuscript, jotted down in a journal or constructed from sticks and stones, holds up a mirror to its maker and their world.

Susan Owens will be in conversation with Will Ashon