Caught by the River

Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands

11th May 2012

This exhibition at the British Library looks good. The programme of events begin today and run until 25 September.

From William Blake to the 21st-century suburban hinterlands of J G Ballard, Writing Britain examines how the landscapes of Britain permeate great literary works. It will allow visitors to read between the lines of great works of English literature, discovering the secrets and stories surrounding the works’ creation, shedding new light on how they speak to the country today.

Over 150 literary works, including many first-time loans from overseas and directly from authors: sound recordings, videos, letters, photographs, maps, song lyrics and drawings – as well as manuscripts and printed editions.

Further information on the British Library website.

A look at just a few of the featured manuscripts – with curator Jamie Andrews, on the BBC news website.

Guardian Books podcast.