Library to celebrate the Broads’ literary heritage

Just Regional
Jan 28, 2013 2 mins read

The influence that the Norfolk Broads have had on artists, poets and writers over the years will be celebrated at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library next month, as part of a prestigious link-up with the British Library.

The Millennium Library in Norwich is one of only four libraries in the UK to be selected to participate in the Writing Britain project. This follows on from an exhibition that ran over the summer last year at the British Library and celebrated Britain’s wealth of exceptional literature using literary items spanning 1,000 years selected from the British Library’s archives by curators.

A number of these items will be loaned to the Millennium Library and put on display during February as the project is expanded to reflect local literary histories.

Two famous literary figures whose links to Norfolk are not so well known will be the focus of exhibitions and events held during February as part of Writing Britain: The Broads Effect.

Twentieth century poet John Betjeman came to Norfolk on family holidays in his youth but didn’t fall in love with the county and its landscape until much later in his life, at which point it became an inspiration to him. His poems featuring the county include Norfolk, East Anglian Bathe and A Mind’s Journey to Diss.

Harold Pinter, best known as a playwright, adapted LP Hartley’s Norfolk-set novel The Go Between for the cinema in 1970. Pinter was keen to stay faithful to the settings of the book and the film was shot in Melton Constable, Norwich and Heydon.

Two original Betjeman poems featuring Norfolk locations and Pinter’s original screenplay for The Go Between have been loaned by the British Library to the Millennium Library for the exhibition. These will go on display in the library for two weeks –  February 9-23, while a wider exhibition featuring photographs and other information about the two writers and LP Hartley and their relationships with Norfolk and the Broads, will be held in the main foyer of The Forum from February 9-15.

There will also be a display of original new work by eight young people who have been inspired by the Norfolk landscape.

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