Olivia Laing : To the River - the story of Sussex's river Ouse

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Saturday 9 July 4pm ST MICHAEL'S CHURCH

By Adam Jones

We offer a warm welcome to Olivia Laing, the newest member of our area’s rich literary tradition, who talks about To the River, the story of Sussex’s river Ouse in which Virginia Woolf drowned in 1941. One recent midsummer week, Laing walked Woolf’s river from source to sea. The result is a passionate investigation into how history resides in landscape – and how ghosts never quite leave the places they love. Laing explores the roles rivers play in human lives, tracing their flow through literature and mythology alike. To the River unearths stories from the Ouse’s marshy banks, from the brutal Barons’ War of the 13th century to the19th century amateur naturalists who first cracked the fossil code. Central among these ghosts is, of course, Woolf herself: her life, her writing and her watery death. In part a fluid, fragmentary biography of the extraordinary English writer, refracted back through the river she loved, it is a beautiful, lyrical work that interweaves biography, history, nature writing and memoir.

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