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English students take literary tour of Nottingham inspired by DH Lawrence

Students taking third year module 'English and Creative Industries' visited three literary locations in one day, guided by the DH Lawrence society

Students with the Chair of the DH Lawrence Society
L-R: Chair of the DH Lawrence Society, Malcolm Gray and students Stephen Tomlinson and Kim Nguyen. Image courtesy of James Walker

Two students from BA (Hons) English took a day trip around three literary locations this November, as part of a digital storytelling module surrounding the life and work of DH Lawrence. The third year module, titled ‘English and Creative Industries’, involves informing and contributing to the work of English lecturer James Walker’s project to create a memory theatre inspired by the author. The project is inspired by Lawrence’s ‘Savage Pilgrimage’, a journey of self-discovery around Europe, Asia, Australia and Mexico.

The group were led by Malcolm Gray, the Chair of the DH Lawrence Society, who offered his insights into the inspiration DH Lawrence took from each of the three areas. Mining historian David Amos also presented to the group, giving a backstory into what life would be like in a mining community. Paul Fillingham, partner in the upcoming memory theatre, as well as several other digital literary heritage projects, was also available to answer any questions about the project.

The visit first saw the team travel to Beauvale Priory, the inspiration for Lawrence’s short story, ‘A Fragment of Stained Glass’. Following this, Malcolm Gray led the students to Breach House, Lawrence’s home in Eastwood, Nottingham, as well as Brinsley Colliery. The colliery is where Lawrence’s father worked and harks back to a time where mining was the main industry in the region.

English students reaped the benefits of having access to experts and were able to ask any questions they had about the topic. As part of the module, students will help to create a ‘visual essay’ to be uploaded to YouTube, which will also be used by the DH Lawrence Society to promote tourism to the author’s birthplace museum in Eastwood. Getting a full sensory experience in order to appreciate the complex mind of DH Lawrence will help students gain an understanding that can’t be achieved from books alone, and should help to create creative video content for their visual essays.

James Walker and Paul Fillingham are aiming to build and launch their memory theatre in 2019 to coincide with the centenary anniversary of Lawrence’s exile.

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English students take literary tour of Nottingham inspired by DH Lawrence

Published on 4 December 2017
  • Category: Culture; School of Arts and Humanities

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