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Visiting Writer Series - Philip Marsden

Released: 27.11.15


‘The Meaning of Place, Mud and Stones into Stories’ is the title of a talk to be presented by award-winning author Philip Marsden on Tuesday 1 December at 18:30.

Part of the University of St Mark & St John’s Visiting Writer Series, this free public lecture invites the audience to hear from Philip’s most recent book, Rising Ground.

When he moved to a remote creekside farmhouse in Cornwall, the intensity of his response took Philip aback and led him to a journey westwards to Land's End through one of the most fascinating regions of Europe. Rising Ground is the resulting book that discusses why layers of mythology build up around particular features in a landscape. 

Philip Marsden is an award-winning author of a number of works of travel, fiction and non-fiction, including The Bronski House, The Spirit-Wrestlers, The Levelling Sea and, most recently, Rising Ground (Granta, 2014).

Jan Morris from the Literary Review describes the book as “Equally entertaining and enlightening... Marsden’s references are glittering. This is a timely volume, describing in beautiful prose the opulence of our natural and human fabric. Guaranteed to fill the windows of Cornish bookshops, it is a superb and educative work which should be read everywhere”.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work has been translated into fifteen languages. After years of travelling, he now lives on the tidal upper reaches of the River Fal in Cornwall with his wife, children and various boats.

The Visiting Writer Series is organised by the Faculty of Culture & Language Science and takes place in the University of St Mark & St John’s Library Lecture Theatre. To be sure of a seat, please make a reservation by calling 01752 636700 ext 6522.

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