“Truly It Felt Like Year One”: A Virtual Tour of Angela Carter’s 1960s Bristol

An exciting new event celebrating Angela Carter’s Bristol connections will be taking place on Saturday 14th November. As part of the Being Human Festival 2020, a virtual walking tour of Carter’s Bristol will be taking place, led by some of the world’s leading Angela Carter scholars.

One of the twentieth-century’s most acclaimed novelists, Angela Carter came of age as a writer in 1960s Clifton, where she experienced life in post-war Bristol, looking at a horizon bombed-out and derelict, but also booming with reconstruction schemes. On this virtual walking tour through Clifton and Hotwells, we will revisit the places and counterculture that inspired her writing, in a society undergoing transformation and renewal so profound, that she declared: “Truly, it felt like Year One.”

Join author Dr Stephen Hunt, author of the recent Angela Carter’s Provincial Bohemia (Bristol Radical History Group) on a virtual tour of Angela Carter’s 1960s Bristol followed by Q&A with Professor Marie Mulvey-Roberts and Dr Charlotte Crofts (co-founders of the Angela Carter Society). The tour also draws on Dr Zoe Brennan’s (UWE Bristol) chapter ‘Angela Carter’s Bristol Trilogy: A Gothic Perspective on Bristol’s 1960s Counter Culture’ in Mulvey-Roberts (ed.) Literary Bristol: Writers and the City (Redcliffe Press, 2015)

If you would like to book a place on this event, head over to the Event Brite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/it-felt-like-year-one-a-tour-of-angela-carters-1960s-bristol-tickets-115347010012

The event will take place online as a webinar due to the pandemic. Once you register you will have access to the webinar link and a downloadable PDF of the map which you can use as a self-directed tour guide. We hope to run the event as a walking tour when all this blows over.

This is event is part of the Being Human Festival 2020, the UK’s only festival of the humanities. This event and accompanying map is funded by UWE Bristol. The map was devised by Hunt, Crofts and Mulvey-Roberts and designed by Richard Grove, in partnership with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol Archive, Bristol Know Your Place, UWE Regional History Centre, Bristol Festival of Ideas and Bristol Cultural Development Partnership. Technical support is provided by the Digital Cultures Research Centre. Being Human is the UK’s national festival of the humanities, led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.


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