Which Exeter sites are most associated with books and writers? As part of the Big Book Review, you're invited to join this interactive literary ramble across UNESCO’s City of Literature, Exeter, where you'll visit places of literary significance, from Exeter Cathedral - home to the 10th-century Exeter Book - to the birthplace of Penguin Books.
After the walk, the group will convene at Exeter Library to discuss the importance of place and regional writing for our wellbeing and identity with writers Virginia Baily (Africa Junction) and Zakiya McKenzie (Testimonies on the History of Jamaica Vol 1, Gifts of Gravity and Light) alongside Professor Laura Salisbury (University of Exeter). Dr Elizabeth Dearnley (University of Wolverhampton) and Dr Aidan Byrne (University of Wolverhampton) will introduce the Big Book Review and analyse regional variations in literary tastes.
You'll also have the chance to discuss your own literary favourites - confide your guilty book pleasures in the Literary Confessions Booth, share your thoughts on recent novels for the Big Book Review, and let researchers know your candidates for which books should represent Exeter.
Walk: Meet outside Exeter Library (13:45 for 14:00 start). The walk will take approximately one hour.
Talk: 15:15 start at Exeter Library.