Sussex Literary Landscapes

Sussex Literary Landscapes

Sussex Literary Landscapes, a talk  by Dr Goeffrey Mead
Tuesday 8th October

(Thanks to Oliver Campion for the photo of Rye)

Geographer Geoffrey Mead (who is also one of our Trustees) treated us to a celebration in words and pictures of the landscapes in our county from the 11th century to today — highlighting our good fortune that on this small and increasingly populous island so much ‘green space’ remains for us to enjoy and admire today.

Matching each photo, historic or recent, to a quotation, he led us through both changes and continuities within the landscapes surrounding us , no doubt inspiring a number of the audience to further exploration of the Sussex writings of William Camden, Celia Fiennes, William Cobbett, Daniel Defoe, Richard Jefferies, Rudyard Kipling, Hilaire Belloc,  E F Benson, Stella Gibbon, Patrick Hamilton, Graham Green  — and many more.  A second outcome of the evening for some was a renewed determination to visit some of the locations so lovingly, humorously or pithily described.  Certainly everyone left with a greater understanding of the geography, history, diversity and literary associations of Sussex.

First posted in Literary and Artistic Rye, Past Talks on 9th October 2013
Last updated: 4th March 2015