Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017

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Host: Edinburgh International Book Festival
Location: Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh
Speaker: Lavinia Greenlaw, Joseph Farrell, James Runcie

Lavinia will be appearing at this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival discussing her book about William Morris, Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland.

Travel broadens the mind. Joseph Farrell, a noted translator from Italian, assesses the final years of Robert Louis Stevenson who settled in Samoa in 1890 and whose expert knowledge of the Pacific islanders turned him into a fierce critic of foreign interference. Poet Lavinia Greenlaw follows William Morris's travels in Iceland and probes the conflicted reasons for people wanting to leave home. Chaired by James Runcie.

William Morris described Iceland as ‘that most romantic of all deserts,’ journeying there in 1871 and 1873 to escape domestic difficulties. Lavinia Greenlaw will explore our conflicted reasons for not staying at home, by following the footprints of Morris’s prose from his Icelandic Journal and interposing her own ‘questions of travel’.

Lavinia Greenlaw is a poet and writer of fiction and non-fiction. She has held residencies at the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Society of Medicine, is on the Council of the Royal Society of Literature, and is a former Chair of the Poetry Society.

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