Spirits of Place Symposium

Opening: 1 Aug 2024, 09:30 - 17:00

12 Oct 2024

Regular hours

10:00 – 17:00

Cost of entry

Saturday 12th October, 10am-5pm

£12 Early bird (until 1st August), £15 Full Price

£10 Student

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  • Nearest bus stop Borough Road, opposite Birkenhead Central Library
  • Nearest station Birkenhead Central, good regular connection to Liverpool City Centre & across Wirral
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A day of talks and presentations on the theme of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’s connections to Wirral and the North West.


A day of talks and presentations on the theme of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’s connections to Wirral and the North West.

As part of the Material Matters artists’ collective and co-operative’s Into The Wyld residency, Spirits of Place is an exciting one-day programme of talks and presentations. Exploring the connections between the region and the medieval poem Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, Spirits of Place brings together a wide range of guest speakers across the fields of academia, literature, art and archaeology following an acclaimed first symposium held in Liverpool in 2016.

The symposium will be led by writer John Reppion and features presentations around the themes of the tale by leading scholars and writers from across the UK including Associate Professor Silvia Battista, Dee Dee Chainey, Maria J. Pérez Cuervo, Professor Stephen E. Harding, Professor Carolyne Larrington, Mark Penman and Adam Scovell.

Stories are embedded in the world around us; in metal, in brick, in concrete, in wood, and in the very earth beneath our feet. Our history surrounds us, and the tales we tell – true or otherwise – are always rooted in what has gone before. The ‘spirits of place’ are the echoes of people, of events, and of ideas which have become imprinted upon a location.

Spirits of Place speakers will delve deep into the incredibly rich folklore and history of the Gawain poet’s Wyldrenesse of Wyrale, the North West, and beyond.

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Patric Rogers

John Reppion

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Adam Scovell

Maria J. Perez Cuervo

Stephen Harding

Dee Dee Chainey

Mark Penman

Carolyne Larrington

Silvia Battista

John Reppion

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