Friday, 19 June 2009, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

The Idea of the North

Professor Peter Davidson

The idea of the North lies at the intersection of poetry, myth, art and the myriad ways in which artists, poets and explorers have filtered the north's stark natural splendour through their imaginations. The author, Peter Davidson, offers a route through the various shapes the North has taken in the minds of humans, be it a 'North' which is the other end of town, Manchester, or the Arctic Circle.

Praise for Professor Davidson's book, The Idea of the North:     "From the Old Norse sagas to the fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen, from     the films of Bergman to the paintings of Eric Ravilious, from Nabakov's Zembla     to Simon Armitage's Yorkshire, Davidson finds that the north is a breeding     ground for ghosts, a place of exile and punishment, the antithesis of the human.     Yet its bleak landscapes have inspired poetry of great beauty: ice, crystal,     diamond and glass all blur in recurring images . . . Davidson never lets his     learning cloud his enthusiasm for this wide and protean subject and his writing     shares the awe of the poets who preceded him on this journey."         - The Observer

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This is a part of the series of events which were be held in collaboration with the 2009 City of London Festival.   

Other lectures included: 
       Metamorphoses: The Terrible Beauty of Change      
       London's Lost Rivers
       Out of the Wasteland: Hope for a Greener World
       Musical Morals and Moral Music: The Artist and the Environment
       Burns the European  

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Professor Davidson is Chair of Renaissance Studies at the University of Aberdeen.

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19 June 2009

The Idea of the North
Professor Peter Davidson

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