Orientations: A Conference of Narrative and Place was held on the 30th and 31st of May 2018 at the University of Nottingham. Orientations is an interdisciplinary, international conference exploring the relationship between narrative, space, and place.

Our first keynote was delivered by Kit De Waal, author of My Name is Leon (2017), which won won the Irish Novel of the Year 2017 and was shortlisted for numerous other awards including the Costa First Book Award and the Desmond Elliott Prize. Our second keynote was delivered by Professor Andrew Thacker, who has published extensively on literary geographies and the twentieth century. More on our keynotes here.

Orientations featured a screening of Nature in Mind (2017) by poet Jo Dixon, an important short film that examines mental health through the lens of Nottinghamshire allotments. Complementing this, the conference closed with a reading from poet Aly Stoneman. Aly writes about landscapes, journeys and myths, is the Poetry Editor at LeftLion magazine and has been poet-in-residence for Lyric Lounge (2011) and The Observatory (2016-17).