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The Reynolds Lecture 2023 – Wisdom sits in places: the extraordinary power of the sense of place

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06/07/2023 | 17:30 - 18:45
Emmanuel College, Cambridge

Madeleine Bunting, an award-winning British author and former journalist, reflected on the power of place and the many ways in which we use it to inspire identity, belonging and deep attachment.

Over the last twenty years, Madeleine Bunting has written three non fiction books in which a sense of place is central including an acre of the North Yorkshire moors, a journey through the Hebrides and most recently the English seaside resort. In this talk, she reflected on the power of place and the many ways in which we use it to inspire identity, belonging and deep attachment. Reflecting on the history of English and Scottish place-making, she considered the complex politics of place, reinvention, conservation and neglect.

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Biography

Madeleine Bunting

Madeleine Bunting is a prize-winning author and former Guardian columnist. She has written six books of non-fiction, most recently The Seaside, England’s Love Affair, and two novels. She is a regular BBC broadcaster and Visiting Professor at the LSE’s Institute of International Inequalities.

About the Reynolds Lecture series

Lord Richard Wilson established this annual lecture series in honour of Dame Fiona Reynolds, his successor as Master of Emmanuel College. The lectures are co-hosted by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, Emmanuel College, and the Centre for Science and Policy (CSAP).


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