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Literary Atlas artwork hits the road

4 March 2019

Wales-wide roadshow showcasing new artworks commissioned in support of the interactive online Literary Atlas gets underway.

The Cartographic Imaginaries exhibit will visit six venues across Wales in the next 12 months culminating in a six-week installation at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay between January and February 2020.

Literary Atlas, a joint venture between Cardiff University and Swansea University and in partnership with Literature Wales and the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods (WISERD), plots locations featured in English-language novels set around Wales.

Hundreds of works of fiction were studied, however, the project chose to focus on 12 books in detail. Researchers recorded all geographical references mentioned in the stories allowing users to follow each plotline around Wales and the world. The interactive tool enables and encourages them to explore the locations and places that have shaped the novels and their characters.

To support the project, 12 artists were commissioned to create original artworks to reflect each book.

Oriel Davies in Newtown is the first venue to host the touring exhibit (9 February - 18 March), followed by Pontio, Bangor (7 March – end date TBC), National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth (23 March – 8 June), Swansea Museum (6 July – 8 September) and Galeri Caernarfon (13 September – 25 October).

Professor Jon Anderson, of Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning, who led the project, said: “We’ve seen a high-volume of visitors using the website and exploring the interactive map for each of the 12 novels and developing their understanding of the relationship between geography and literature."

“I’m delighted that the artwork roadshow is underway and that these thoughtful and innovative reflections on the 12 novels’ key themes can be seen and appreciated by the people of Wales. I hope they find them as illuminating and thought-provoking as I did, and that they evoke a sense of place and time.”

Professor Jon Anderson Professor in Human Geography, Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Explore the interactive Literary Atlas and view the selected artworks.

Find out more about the upcoming exhibit venues.

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