photograph Prof. Sean O’Brien’s work included in ‘Writing Britain’ exhibition at the British Library

Writing Britain celebrates great British literature

Writing Britain: Wastelands to Wonderlands, examines how the landscapes of Britain permeate great literary works. The exhibition features over 150 works across sound recordings, videos, letters, photographs, maps, song lyrics and drawings - as well as manuscripts and printed editions – from authors including Chaucer, William Blake, Virginia Woolf and JG Ballard. 

The exhibition features Sean O’Brien’s poem ‘Fireweed’ from his 2009 collaboration, Night Train, with artist Birtley Aris alongside manuscripts and drafts of British literary masterpieces, including the earliest manuscript of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Charles Dickens’ manuscript for Our Mutual Friend. As well as classics, the exhibition also has work from contemporary authors such as JK Rowling’s manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and Kazuo Ishiguro’s manuscript for The Remains of the Day. 

The exhibition is now open at the British Library. For more information, opening times, and tickets, please visit the British Library website here

To learn more about Sean O’Brien and Birtley Aris’ collaboration, Night Train, or to purchase a copy, please visit Flambard Press’ website here.  

published on: 19th July 2012

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