Writer Robert MacFarlane to speak at University of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Mar 03, 2016 11:07 AM |
Author to discuss human impact on planet Earth on Thursday 10 March

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 3 March 2016

Revered British writer Robert MacFarlane will be delivering the University of Leicester’s free public Annual Creative Writing Lecture supported by Santander Universities on Thursday 10 March.

Robert will discuss the impact humans have had on our planet and how Earth has been pushed into the ‘Anthropocene’ due to our actions.

Robert has twice judged the Man Booker Prize and his works on landscape, people and place have won him numerous literary awards and have seen his work turned into documentaries.

The lecture, which is held in partnership with Literary Leicester and the Centre for New Writing, represents a rare opportunity to hear Robert speak.

The talk will also be a feature article in the following Saturday’s Guardian Review.

Dr Harry Whitehead, Senior Tutor for Creative Writing from the University of Leicester’s School of English, said: “Robert MacFarlane is among the most revered living British writers and his subject is both fascinating in itself and closely linked to the University of Leicester’s research.

“In 2016, scientists led by researchers here at the University of Leicester, will recommend on whether we have now entered the Anthropocene - a new epoch of Earth history in which human influence has come to shape the planet so powerfully that it will leave its mark in the geological record.

“Robert will ask: so how might we write about this new phase of time? What stories, images, dreams, hopes and fears will populate the literature of the Anthropocene?”

In January research from the University of Leicester suggested that Earth’s oceans and lands will be buried by increasing layers of plastic waste by the mid-century due to human activity: http://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/press/press-releases/2016/january/human-impact-has-created-a-2018plastic-planet2019-research-shows

Later this year the Anthropocene Working Group led by Professor Jan Zalasiewicz from the University of Leicester’s Department of Geology will gather more evidence on the Anthropocene, which will help inform recommendations on whether this new time unit should be formalized and, if so, how it might be defined and characterized.

The free public lecture, ‘The ‘Anthropocene’ Era: Writing the end of Nature’, will take place at 6:15pm on Thursday 10 March at the University of Leicester’s Peter Williams Lecture Theatre.


Notes to Editors:
For more information please contact Dr Harry Whitehead on hdw5@leicester.ac.uk


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