'Norman Nicholson - A Regional Poet?'
|Dates:||7 March 2017|
|Times:||12:00 - 13:00|
|What is it:||Forum|
|Organiser:||John Rylands Research Institute|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public, Secondary schools|
|Speaker:||Dr Antoinette Fawcett|
The Cumbrian poet Norman Nicholson (1914-1987) was, perhaps rather dismissively, described in his Times obituary as ‘the most gifted English Christian provincial poet of his century’. The run of adjectives which qualify the term ‘gifted’ here seem intended to limit both the importance and the interest of his oeuvre. Yet Nicholson was far more than simply a provincial or regional poet. The current revival of interest in his work is centred on his importance as a poet and writer of place and environment, a forerunner in many respects of today’s eco-poetic movement. In his own time, particularly in the late 40's and throughout the 1950s, Nicholson’s work was highly respected, garnering not only many awards and prizes, but also the interest of an international audience. This talk looks at the evidence for Nicholson’s reception in the non-Anglophone world, as preserved in the John Rylands Library archive.
Dr Antoinette Fawcett
Role: John Rylands Research Institute Visiting Fellow
Biography: Antoinette Fawcett is an independent scholar with links to the Universities of East Anglia and Newcastle, and a lifetime of professional involvement with English and World Literature. She obtained her PhD in Literary Translation at the University of East Anglia in 2014 with a study of the process involved in her translation of poems by the Dutch Modernist poets Martinus Nijhoff (1894-1953) and Gerrit Achterberg (1905-1962). She is a founding member of the Norman Nicholson Society, and editor of 'Comet', its newsletter-journal.
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The Christie Room
John Rylands Research Institute and Library