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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Event Archive

This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

Some of our public events are recorded and are available as podcasts via our Research English At Durham blog.

Exploring Northern Lights

17th October 2015, 11:00 to 12:00, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)

Part of Durham Book Festival 2015.

Why does the literature of the fantastic continue to be so enduringly popular? Why are both child and adult readers so drawn to stories of magic, the supernatural and the strange, set in worlds other than our own? And what might such stories tell us about our everyday lives, and the world around us?

As part of Durham Book Festival’s celebration of 2015’s Big Read, Northern Lights, a panel of researchers from Durham University will be considering these questions. Experts from Literary Studies, History and Theology will consider Northern Lights, and other stories of the fantastic, and we welcome questions from and discussion with all readers of fantastic literature.

Chaired by Professor Simon James

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