Description of Event

The Irish Times published an article on this event on 11 April – see here:

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/a-literary-treasure-map-of-trinity-college-1.3044845

Within the 2017 Trinity Week itinerary of public engagements, this two-day programme on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 April aims to create a literary atlas of the university. An atlas is a collection of maps in a volume. This particular atlas will be participatory and creative, and will draw on a diverse range of perspectives and techniques to remap Trinity. We are particularly interested in using excerpts from literary works set in or responding to Trinity to generate new creative responses to the university.

This is a participatory programme: members of the public will experience creative engagements with the site of Trinity through an audio tour, promenade theatre performance, and a pair of public workshops, Reading Place and Writing Place, which will encourage participants to think about how they navigate and evoke place.

The audio tour and promenade theatre performance will be created by current M.Phil students in the Irish Writing and Creative Writing programmes. We have organised a pair of pre-workshops by a visual artist with expertise in audio installations and a theatre practitioner with experience of site-specific and promenade performance. In these workshops, M.Phil students will translate the literary excerpts that we provide into the creative maps of the audio tour and promenade theatre.

In addition to these intimate and participatory elements, the programme offers scholarly reflections from invited speakers in a pair of roundtables, the first on Trinity’s History and Collections, the second on the Literary and Cultural aspects of campus. We are delighted that experts from a range of disciplinary backgrounds have kindly agreed to participate in these roundtables.

The activities and events of this programme will draw on the knowledge and creativity of writers, artists, lecturers, students and college staff, which will together form a set of phenomenological maps, by which participants can navigate and engage with Trinity. Participants will also have the opportunity to reflect on the ways in which they make sense of space, as they devise, adapt and reinforce their own imaginative maps beyond the walls of the university.

We are very grateful to many people in Trinity for their encouragement and support. The image that we are using for our posters and programme is a 1761 Bernard Scale map of campus that the Glucksman Map Library and Digital Resources and Imaging Services have allowed us to reimagine as a treasure map for this event. We want to note here our gratitude to Paul Ferguson, Tim Keeffe, and Sharon Sutton.

Here is the original map:

Baroniam suam de Enishowen in Comitatu Donegal describi curavit,

And here is a close-up of the altered map:

bernard-scale-map_red-dotted-lines_cropped-to-campus-only

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