Writing the West: Literature and Place

25th May 2018

Writing the West: Literature and Place

Writing the West - Literature and place

Okay listeners. I know – there’s an argument that this one is a bit of a cheat being as how it’s not Swindon based. BUT despite what some people in Salisbury might think (don’t ask), Swindon is full of literature lovers and writers too. Heck, we happen to have a 25-year-old literature festival do we not?! And, aside from that one of my old lecturers from UWE (University of the West of England) is involved in it. So – y’know ….  If you’re into literature you might be interested in this.

Writing the West: Literature & Place:

 Is a free online course on some major poets and novelists associated with Bristol, Bath, and the West of England. Learn how Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, Jane Austen, Mary Shelley and Thomas Hardy found inspiration in the West Country, and how they contribute to the culture and economy of the region today. You’ll explore their lives, gain insight into their writing, and see the places that influenced them.

Open to all; starts June; 4 weeks duration; 3-4 hours study per week


This free online course offers learners the opportunity to explore the work of four writers or groups of writers from the Romantic & Victorian era with strong links to Bristol and the South West.

The course covers Bristol’s Romantic poets (Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Lovell, Robert Southey), Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, and Thomas Hardy, and addresses the following two overarching questions:

  • What has been the importance of place to writers in the South West?
  • What is the importance of writers to places in the South West today?

The course invites learners to consider how the featured writers were inspired by the landscapes and cityscapes of Bristol, Bath, and the West of England and how they engaged in a local or regional context with social and political issues of national importance. Learners will also consider how these same writers are remembered today and how they contribute to the cultural economy of the region; here in particular there will be scope for learners to share their own knowledge and experiences in an interactive learning environment.

To enrol on the course go here: https://www.udemy.com/writing-the-west/

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