Jodrell Bank marks the Summer Solstice with a fascinating day of panels, screenings and walks celebrating renowned, award-winning novelist, Alan Garner.

Recognised as one of the most significant storytellers of recent times, Garner’s work is influenced by the history of Alderley Edge, where he has been a long-time resident, its rooted archaeology and its connections to the larger universe through Jodrell Bank Observatory and the Square Kilometre Array.

The special programme features a handpicked cohort of experts from across the worlds of archaeology, physics and literature who will each discuss how Garner’s fiction has inspired them, delving into how time and place are reimagined within his classic novels.

From panels discussing whether scientific discovery, fiction and other creative methods can advance our sense of our place in the universe, to an immersive walk around the Jodrell site reflecting on the objects and ideas which have inspired Garner’s work, visitors are invited on an insightful journey into one of our generation’s great literary minds.

Also happening as part of Jodrell’s Summer Solstice programme, a separate ticketed evening event invites Sarah Perry to discuss her groundbreaking new novel, Enlightenment, before a Q&A session with the internationally best-selling author.

Described as a ‘story of love and astronomy’, Enlightenment sees Perry weave a web of entangled relationships and emotion, as the novel’s characters become trapped within the conflict between faith and fact, spurred by an obsession with a vanished nineteenth-century astronomer said to haunt a nearby manor.

Jodrell Bank’s Summer Solstice activities will be taking place on Fri 21 Jun. For full programme information, and to book your tickets, click the button below.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Fri 21 Jun, Jodrell Bank
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Mon 17 Jun 2024