The Coleridge Lectures: Reimagining the city
2 April 2015, 6.00 PM - 2 April 2015, 7.30 PM
Reception Room, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, Queen’s Road, Bristol, BS8 1RJ
Think of ‘nature’ and most of us think of the deep countryside – but the natural world can live side-by-side with us in cities, too. 82% of us now live in urban areas, and in this richly imagined journey through one day in a British city, novelist and nature writer Melissa Harrison will bring to life a world that most never know is there, and explore the social and ecological benefits of reimagining our relationship with our wild urban neighbours.
This lecture is part of a new annual series inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s radical lectures in Bristol in 1795. The 2015 series is run in association with Bristol Festival of Ideas, the Cabot Institute at the University of Bristol and Bristol 2015. It is part of The Romantic Poets and Bristol programme, which celebrates the life of Thomas Chatterton, Hannah More, William Wordsworth, Coleridge and others in the city, and Bristol as the place where Romanticism was born with the first publication of the Lyrical Ballads. The programme focuses especially on nature and the emotions, place and the environment, and also looks at Bristol as a city for science, philosophy, ideas and political debate at the time of Coleridge and today. The 2015 theme is Radical Green. Future themes are: Utopias (2016); Revolution (2017) and Peace (2018).
This event is free to attend and open to all, but booking is required. Click on the booking link HERE. Please note booking opens 19 February 2015.
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Other events in the Coleridge Lectures series
17 February 2015: Kathleen Jamie - Poetry, the land and nature
23 February 2015: Anna Coote - Green and social justice
25 February 2015: George Monbiot - What a green government could really do if it tried
26 March 2015: Andrew Kelly - Animals in the fraternity of universal nature