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Durham University

Centre for Poetry and Poetics

Professor Richard Hingley

Richard Hingley is Professor of Archaeology and Director of the Centre for Roman Culture. He is the author of Hadrian's Wall: a life (Oxford University Press, 2012), which explores the life history of this significant Roman monument, trying to explore it from cultural and antiquarian perspectives. This includes a brief exploration of various poems that have drawn upon the Wall, including works by Rudyard Kipling and W. H. Auden, along with some more recent poems included in the art project 'Writing on the Wall' (2006). His work also considers how how scholarship can sometimes kill-off public interest in the monument while art tends to bring it to life. This is addressed in general terms in a recent article: 'Living Landscape: reading Hadrian's Wall', Landscapes 12. 2 (2011) 41–62.