Round-table ‘Community, Brexit and Fiction’

Since the leave vote in June 2016, there has been a wealth of literary works that teased out the ramifications of Brexit in many aspects of our lives. On the 31st of January 2020, as the United Kingdom left the EU, the Poet Laureate, normally expected to pen poetry for national events, remained silent. Unsurprisingly so perhaps, given the fragmenting of the country around the fraught questions of the Irish border and Scottish referendum. This round table will explore how this fragmentation of the United Kingdom in the aftermath of Brexit is reflected in the writing of authors from the four nations, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

With Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London), Anne Varty (Royal Holloway, University of London), Timothy Baker (University of Aberdeen), David Wheatley (University of Aberdeen), Patrick McGuinness (University of Oxford).

Convened by Henriette Korthals Altes (Maison Française d'Oxford).

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