Prof Fiona Stafford: Why trees matter
Wednesday June 19 16.00-17.00
Professor Fiona Stafford, Fellow and Tutor at Oxford’s Somerville College open proceedings on Wednesday afternoon with her reflections on why trees matter. Author of The Long, Long Life of Trees(Yale 2016), writer and presenter of the BBC Radio 3 series The Meaning of Trees, Prof. Stafford will remind us of the cultural importance of trees within literature and society from the 18thC on.
Prof Stafford will talk about the cultural significance of trees and how we have celebrated them in words, through cultural practice, and in our lives. Read more…
Professor Stafford studies Romantic poetry. Her research interests include Ossian, Austen, Burns, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, the Shelleys, Byron, Heaney, Carson, literature of the Romantic period, the literature of place, nature writing (old and new), Scottish poetry after 1700, dialogues between English, Irish and Scottish literature, literature and the visual arts, and contemporary poetry.
This event is the opening keynote address at the Evolving the Forest international conference and is open for booking to the general public.
Tickets are limited. Seats available in the balcony only (except to those with limited mobility).