Free Think­ing: Be­ing Hu­man – The Lost Lug­gage Of­fice, Ghosts and War­rior Po­ets

Ra­dio 3, 10pm

The Observer - The New Review - - THURSDAY 16 - Stephanie Billen

As part of the Be­ing Hu­man fes­ti­val cel­e­brat­ing hu­man­i­ties re­search across UK uni­ver­si­ties, Matthew Sweet be­gins a stim­u­lat­ing jour­ney in Can­ter­bury, where things be­come psy­cho­geo­graph­i­cal as two writ­ers, the un­known au­thor of the Old English poem An­dreas and Rus­sell Hoban, help him see the city in very dif­fer­ent ways. In Trans­port for Lon­don’s lost prop­erty of­fice he meets Kate Smith, a his­to­rian fas­ci­nated by how we have tried to con­trol ma­te­rial loss through the ages, and in Portsmouth’s sup­pos­edly haunted Wymer­ing Manor he dis­cusses the “ar­chae­ol­ogy of ab­sence” with aca­demic Karen Fielder.

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