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Literature’s relationship with nature

A round-table discussion entitled ‘Losing My Space’ about the relationship between literature and nature will be held tomorrow at Palazzo de la Salle, Valletta, as part of the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival.

The members of the panel – Teodor Reljić, Arjan Hut and Roger West – will discuss how nature has always been the focus of literature and how authors’ relationship with nature changes as the landscapes and seascapes change. But nature remains a source of inspiration and concern, of pure spiritual renewal and of concern transfixed by agony.

Among the questions that panel moderator Immanuel Mifsud will put to the panel are: how does the lack of natural environment and open spaces translate to literature? How do we write about trees and fields when they no longer exist?How do we write about the colour of the changing sea? How does literature deal with the daylight robbery occurring when our space and light are being stolen by buildings that reach for the sky?And how does literature document our struggle for space?

Losing My Space will be held tomorrow at 8pm at Palazzo de la Salle, Valletta. Admission is free. For updates, visit the Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival Facebook page.

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