View the winning lecture in the 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability competition

“Reading With the Grain: Sustainability and the Literary Imagination” by Dr Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Professor Richard Marggraf Turley, and Professor Howard Thomas.

ASLE-UKI recently teamed up with INSPIRE (Institute for Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness) of University of Wales Trinity Saint David, with two events, the first being a symposium on literature and sustainability, held at Lampeter in March, and the second being a public lecture competition. For more details on both events please see the ‘Conferences and CFP’ page on the ASLE-UKI website.

The 2013 INSPIRE Lecture on Literature and Sustainability  competition  invited entrants to write a lecture on the topic of how literary scholarship might engage with the sustainabity debate. The prize was the opportunity to deliver the winning lecture at the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts.

The competition was won by a team of three collaborative authors: Dr Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Professor Richard Marggraf Turley, and Professor Howard Thomas, all from Aberystwyth University. The winning paper was titled: Reading With the Grain: Sustainability and the Literary Imagination.

This lecture was given at the Hay Festival on 23rd May 2013, followed by a conversation between director of INSPIRE Jane Davidson, the winners of the competition and chair of ASLE-UKI, Adeline Johns-Putra. The winning lecture is now available to view on YouTube.

The second INSPIRE lecture competition, with the same prize of a platform to present at Hay, will be announced in January 2014.

ASLE-UKI wishes to thank Jane Davidson director of INSPIRE, Andy Fryers at Hay Festivals, the competition judges Dr Matthew Jarvis,  Dr Paul Wright and and Dr Adeline Johns-Putra, and of course the winning entrants Dr Jayne Elisabeth Archer, Professor Richard Marggraf Turley, and Professor Howard Thomas, for their superb lecture and its performance at Hay.