Project finds literary inspiration in Cornish landscape
The Cornish landscape that has inspired such writers as Daphne
du Maurier and Sir John Betjeman is the subject of a new research
project by University of Exeter academics. Lecturers in Geography
and English at the University's Cornwall campus are
uniting to investigate the relationship between landscape
and literature in a Cornish context. The project will bring
in £12,000 of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research
An innovative workshop series in May and June 2007 will bring
together school children and local poetry groups with scholars
and project partners Truro College and Sense of Place. Indoor
and outdoor creative writing workshops are planned for writers
ranging from college students to published poets. Local schoolchildren
will have a day out exploring and writing about the local
This will feed in to the research's exploration of
theories of landscape, looking at the relationship between
the process of writing and the inspiration of the surrounding
Dr Adeline Johns-Putra, Director of English, explains: "Cornwall's
unique landscape and literary heritage provide an ideal space
for our research. This project is significant as it involves
the local and cultural communities in Cornwall in academic
research. We hope to initiate long-term research around the
idea of place and creativity based at the Cornwall campus."
Dr Adeline Johns-Putra is collaborating with Professor Catherine
Brace, Director of Geography on the year-long project. An
international academic conference, 'Text Landscape Identity'
will be held at the Cornwall Campus near Falmouth in September
Further information can be found on website: www.uec.ac.uk/conferences/understandinglandscape
The £100 million Tremough campus is a Combined Universities
in Cornwall initiative of which the University of Exeter
and University College Falmouth are two of the founding partners.
It is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One),
the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher
Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall
County Council. Set in 70 acres of countryside, but close
to the waterside towns of Penryn and Falmouth, the campus
offers a lively student community. The University of Exeter
is expanding its courses available to include Politics, Law
and History to existing degrees in Mining Engineering, Geology,
Biology, Geography, English and Renewable Energy.
For further information contact Abigail Dixon at the University
of Exeter on 01392 262307 or email: Abigail.Dixon@exeter.ac.uk.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). The University of Exeter is a partner of
The project is funded by the AHRC Landscapes and Environment
Programme under their Research Networks and Workshops Scheme.
Grant number AH/E502806.
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