2014 marks 150 years since the death of arguably England’s most significant poet of the natural world, John Clare, in an asylum in Northampton.
Talks and performances will accompany the showing, responding to the poet’s 80-mile walk, reimagined by the film, from an Essex asylum, back to his home village of Helpston, Cambridgeshire.
Hosted by Professor Simon Kövesi of the Department of English and Modern Languages.
About the speakers
FILM MAKER, ANDREW KÖTTING; WRITER, IAIN SINCLAIR AND ARTISTS, JEM FINER AND KIRSTEN NORRIE PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS
Andrew Kötting’s films include ‘Gallivant’, ‘This Filthy Earth’ and ‘This Our Still Life’. He is Professor of Time Based Media for the University of Creative Arts.
Iain Sinclair’s 2005 memoir Edge of the Orison: In the Traces of John Clare’s ‘Journey Out of Essex’, is the inspiration for ‘By Our Selves’. Other works include Ghost Milk and American Smoke.
Jem Finer was one of the founding members of The Pogues, cowriting many of their songs. He has been artist in residence at the Universities of Oxford and Bath.
Kirsten Norrie is a musician performance artist who makes video and objects, and who publishes poetry under the name MacGillivray.