Alexandra Harris and Rachel Lichtenstein: Testaments to Constancy and Change
This event took place on Sunday 5 March 2017 as part of Jewish Book Week 2017. To watch a video of this event, click here.
In Weatherland, Alexandra Harris’s subject is not the weather itself but the weather as it is daily recreated in the human imagination. She builds her remarkable story from small evocative details and catches the distinct voices of compelling individuals: Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud and John Ruskin wants to bottle one. In this richly illustrated panorama of cultural climates on the move, Harris cleverly reveals that weather is at the very heart of English life and culture.
The Thames estuary is one of the world's great deltas, providing passage in and out of London for millennia. Rachel Lichtenstein has travelled its length and breadth and in Estuary: Out from London to the Sea she presents many voices, offering a thoughtful and intimate portrait of the estuary’s community and environment, how each has shaped and continues to shape the other.
Alexandra Harris is currently Professor of English at the University of Liverpool. Her first book, Romantic Moderns, was published in 2010, winning both the Guardian First Book Award and the Somerset Maugham Award. She has written a short biography of Virginia Woolf and Weatherland: Artists and Writers under English Skies was published in 2015. She reviews for the national press and presents arts documentaries on Radio 3 and 4.
Rachel Lichtenstein is the author of several books, including Rodinsky's Whitechapel, Keeping Pace: Older Women of the East End and Diamond Street: The Hidden World of Hatton Garden. Trained as a sculptor, her work has been exhibited in venues including the Whitechapel Gallery, the Barbican, the British Library, Woodstreet Galleries in Pittsburgh in the USA, and the Jerusalem Theatre in Israel. From 2002 to 2004, she was the British Library's first Pearson Creative Research Fellow.