Countryside in Crisis – The Poet’s View

An illustrated talk by Brian Maidment

The pastoral tradition in British poetry is usually seen as a celebration of natural beauty and abundance. But many poets saw the countryside as a place of conflict and dispossession with the human presence forming a danger to rural harmony and continuity. This talk looks at the way that writers have discussed the social and economic circumstances of rural life over the last two hundred years with an increasing sense of anxiety and threat. Writers discussed will include Robert Burns, George Crabbe, John Clare, Gerard Manley Hopkins and William Barnes.

Tickets £5 to include refreshments from the Town Hall on 01588 630023

Doors open at 7.30pm

Proceeds to the Town Hall Trust