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Love of the Land: The Wanderers and Towards Mellbreak

Tim Pears and Marie-Elsa Bragg Interviewed by Lucy Atkins

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

4:00pm

1 hour

St Cross College

£7 - £12.50

Novelists Tim Pears and Marie Elsa-Bragg discuss their new books, in which love of the land and nature feature strongly.

Pears’s The Wanderers is a story of adolescence, survival, longing, loneliness and love. It follows two teenagers before the outbreak of World War I – Leo who leaves his love behind after being banished from the farm where he lived and who is taken in by gypsies, and Lottie who is absorbed by the natural world back on the farm estate. Pears’s work has often been likened to that of Thomas Hardy. He is author of Wake Up, In a Land of Plenty, which was adapted into a BBC television series, and A Revolution of the Sun.

Bragg’s poetic novel Towards Mellbreak is a hymn to the landscape of Cumbria and to a disappearing world. It follows Harold, who runs Ard farm in the fells and who is battling to keep the farm and preserve a way of life. Bragg is a writer, lecturer, ordained Anglican priest and duty chaplain of Westminster Abbey.


Here they talk to journalist and novelist Lucy Atkins, author of The Night Visitor, The Other Child and The Missing One.

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FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine