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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 BBC World Service International radio partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Head of Zeus The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Italian Cultural Institute HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture British Academy BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner Earthwatch Europe Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Jill Dunsmore New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Jesus College St Hilda’s College St John’s College St John's College The Queen’s College The Queen's College Exeter College Exeter College Hertford College Keble College Keble College Oxford Brookes University Said Business School University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Princeton University Press Felicity Bryan Associates University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Conference Oxford Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford University Press Floris of London Critchleys City Audio Visual Eynsham Hall Macdonald Bear Hotel Sloane Club Ashmolean Museum British Humanist Association The Story Museum Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine Liaison Financial Services