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Author talk brings inspirational “wilderness” to local library

By council_spoke  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

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The appeal of an historic landscape which has inspired many literary greats will be explored with a free event held by Bath & North East Somerset Council at Midsomer Norton Library.

Local author John Bull will give a talk entitled "That Howling Wilderness", on Tuesday 16 October from 7pm to 8pm, on the High Peak area of Derbyshire and its magnificent scenery and heritage. The evening talk is part of the Council's "After Hours" programme of events designed to promote the wider use of libraries.

Mr Bull, who lived in High Peak for thirty years, has recently published a book about the area which, similar to Bath and North East Somerset, has a mining history. High Peak became a breathing space for the industrial cities of the north and was Britain's first National Park.

The area's pre-historic stone circles, Roman garrisons and wild beauty have produced strong literary echoes – from inspiring Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" and romantic or gothic fiction from Charlotte Bronte and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, right up to present-day novelists like Hilary Mantel.

Councillor David Dixon (Lib-Dem, Oldfield), Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: "Our After Hours events give people the chance to get even more benefit from Bath & North East Somerset Council's libraries outside of their normal opening times. John's talk aims to transport you to an atmospheric landscape which has served as a backdrop to a wide range of classic novels – many of which can be picked up from your local library."

The event is free but spaces are limited so anyone interested in attending is advised to reserve a ticket by popping into Midsomer Norton Library on the High Street, next to the Holly Court Arcade.

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