In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan…except we didn’t. Instead, we revelled in Marcus Sedgwick’s delightful meditation on the white stuff, and how wonderful it is. We chose some readings to illustrate his life in the Alps, where he has lived for the past five years to give his family a last, real experience of sublimity.
Books we discussed to accompany his new book were The Snow Child, Doctor Zhivago, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, The Snowstorm by Beryl Netherclift, as well as Frankenstein, One Night In Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore and Kolmynsky Heights by Lionel Davidson. A truly global discussion!
Toward the end of Winter, Mr Conway entertained us with his take on landscape in literature, inspired by his Christmas present of Nicholas Crane’s new book The Making of the British Landscape. Among landscapes discussed were the Valleys of Wales, the moors as described by the Bronte sisters and the landscape of Greenland as depicted in Miss Smilla’s Feelings for Snow by Peter Hoeg.
Mr Conway highly recommended the President of the Royal Geographical Society’s musings on our beautiful land, which as he says, “To care about a place, you must know its story”.
You can watch the videos to the above two talks here: