Ridgeway Literature Project (2014 - 2015)
Artsreach are set to launch two new and unusual reading groups in Dorset this autumn...
Aimed at exploring the wide range of literature inspired by and written about the South Dorset Ridgeway area, readers will be invited to delve into an exciting list of authors spanning three centuries, ranging from the familiar - William Barnes and Thomas Hardy, to the modern writings of Ian McEwan and Christoper Nicholson. The list dips into the Powys family with writing by John Cowper, Llewelyn and Philippa, and visits works by their friend, Sylvia Townsend Warner, whilst also allowing readers to enjoy the beauty of Kenneth Allsop's observations and the gripping fiction of John Meade Faulkner. Lesser-known works by authors such as David Garnett, Emma Tennant and Christopher Priest will also be devoured and discussed.
A series of guest speakers will add to the experience, helping to deliver an insight into some of the more challenging writers. A walk within the South Dorset Ridgeway area to explore the landscape and settings of some of the writing is also planned. Readers will investigate and discuss common themes, look at the relationship between people and the landscape, examine trends and movements in literature and discuss why it is that some authors remain in print, whilst others do not. Readers will also examine how writers have used poetry, prose and fiction (both novels and short stories) in their response to the landscape, and gain a greater understanding of the South Dorset Ridgeway's inspirational qualities.
This project is part of the South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership series of projects, and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project is also supported by The Grassroots Literature Works Fund and Battens Solicitors
Please note that the Tuesday evening group is now full, but places are still available on the Sunday:
Meeting on: Sundays, 3pm - 4.30pm
Venue: Strangways Hall, Abbotsbury (DT3 4JR)
Dates: Sunday 12th Oct - 16th Nov - 14th Dec - 18th Jan - 15th Feb - 15th Mar
No specialist knowledge is needed to take part but places, at a cost of just £15 per person, are limited. (Please note that to attend any additional literature related events may cost extra)
As a taster, the reading list pre-Christmas will cover Moonfleet by John Meade Faulkner, poems of Phillippa Powys, The Sailors Return by David Garnett and Dorset Stories by Sylvia Townsend Warner.
A full copy of the reading list will be made available to those who have signed up when we host a launch event for the project, the date of which will be confirmed shortly.
To book, please contact Artsreach on 01305 269512, stating which group you would like to join.
For anyone who is interested in the project but unable to attend the groups, an option to follow the project online will be made available.