If the canal routes and, later, the railroads, opened the country to travel, commercial flights opened the globe. Trains – and later cars – had a massive impact on literary narratives. What about airplanes? Where does the airport and flight fit into literature? Air travel is a relatively new technology and certainly, travelling to distant destinations is a new leisure pursuit for the vast majority of UK’s population. Airports are contentious spaces and air travel is the subject of often-fierce debates. Train travel has a long association with literature in the UK – from Dickens’ reading tours to the sensation novels of the 1860s, which relied on the new fast travel possibilities to enable exciting plots that could include new settings for intrigue. But what have airports and air travel done for language – especially poetry?
Join Dr Nasser Hussain, a poet and literary critic at Leeds Beckett University, on 28 June for an evening of flying machines and language.
This coffeehouse discussion takes place on Wednesday 28th June at 6.30pm. Tickets are £3 or £2 with a YorkCard and can be purchased from any York Library,