'Writing Britain: Wastelands To Wonderlands' Exhibition to Celebrate Authors Who Captured British Landscapes

First Posted: 29/02/2012 07:46 Updated: 29/04/2012 10:12   PA

A little-known chapter left out of most editions of the Wind In The Willows is taking centre stage in an exhibition which will explore how writers have been inspired by the British landscape.

Kenneth Grahame's hand-written version of the chapter, The Piper At the Gates of Dawn, featuring the God Pan, is one of over 150 literary works to go on display at the British Library.

Writing Britain: Wastelands To Wonderlands will look at how writers from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf and Hanif Kureishi have been inspired by the British landscape.

The show, part of the London 2012 Festival coinciding with the Olympics, will explore how writers have featured the countryside, industrialisation, rivers and seashores, London and suburbia over the years.

Curator Jamie Andrews said: "We are very excited to share the wealth of the country's literature in the summer of 2012 and to explore how writers from William Blake to Angela Carter have helped shape the nation's understanding of our landscape and surroundings.

"Writing Britain celebrates the incredible collection of great literary works held at the British Library, spanning more than 1,000 years to the present day.

"These rare and unique collections will help give a fascinating and new insight into the creative thinking behind iconic British novels, poems and illustrations."

Writing Britain: Wastelands To Wonderlands runs from 11 May to 25 September at the British Library.

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