UWE Bristol and M Shed co-host conference on West Country writing

Issue date: 01 May 2012

M Shed Bristol 11 and 12 May 2012

The Regional History Centre at UWE Bristol and the M Shed museum will co-host a two day conference at M Shed on 11 and 12 May 2012 that will explore the historical contribution of writers and writing to the making of the English West Country.

National and international speakers will discuss the latest research on ways in which writers and writing have shaped public perceptions of the region's identity, from the adaptation of Arthurian legend by later generations, to the development of the idea of Thomas Hardy's 'Wessex' and treatments of West Country dialect and accent by twentieth century screen writers.

Dr Steve Poole, Director of UWE Bristol's Regional History Centre, said, “We have been regularly running jointly organised public lectures and roundtables with M Shed since last October and they've been going so well we decided a two day conference was the perfect way to cement the relationship. M Shed has emerged as the natural place to host public discussions about the city's past and we're expecting this event to be extremely popular. There is a huge public appetite for intelligent history programming and we very much want to work in partnership with the city's key cultural institutions to meet the demand.”

Bristol Museums deputy director, Tim Corum, commented, “We are very excited about this conference. It confirms M Shed's position as a catalyst for continuing discussions about the historical roots of the city of Bristol and its surrounding region which are so important for understanding the diverse communities and experiences that make up the city today. We have been working with the Regional History Centre on collaborative projects like this from M Shed's earliest planning stages, but this is the most ambitious to date.”

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West will also give a talk on the Saturday morning.

Tickets for the conference, which also forms part of the May Festival of Ideas in the city, can be booked online through the Regional History Centre

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