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What makes 'the coast' the subject of so many creative and literary works? "Coast as Muse" will explore the cultural significance of the coast as a provocation for art, literary work and critique. The speakers represent practices of writing, drawing, collecting and representing the many ways in which the coast has shaped our cultural consciousness.


  • Tom Sykes and Louis Netter (University of Portsmouth). Authors of a new travelogue 'Coast of Teeth' a contemporary illustrated investigation of twelve English seaside towns.
  • Anna Iltnere, Librarian of the 'Sea Library', Jurmala Latvia
  • Mark Frost and Maggie Bowers (University of Portsmouth). Creators of the Portsmouth Literary Map:

All welcome, this seminar is free to attend but booking is required.