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Sunday 19th November, 2023
Brewery Arts Centre - Malt Room - Kendal
9:15am (GMT+0:00) Europe/London (Greenwich Mean Time)
Run time: 1 hour

Event Details

Noreen Masud has always loved flatlands. Her earliest memory is of a wide, flat field glimpsed from the back seat of her father's car in Lahore. As an adult in Britain she has discovered many more flat landscapes to love: Orford Ness, the Cambridgeshire Fens, Morecambe Bay, Orkney.

In the flatlands of Britain, Noreen is reminded of the flat places of Pakistan, and her own heritage. Undertaking a pilgrimage around Britain's flatlands, seeking solace and belonging, she weaves her impressions of the natural world with recollections of her own early life, to explore the depths of the histories hidden there.

Join Noreen on stage to explore the strange and mesmerising nature of flat places, where she offers a startlingly vivid and intimate account of the land beneath her feet.

Noreen's book 'A Flat Place' will be available to purchase at the Festival book store over the Festival weekend.

There will be a book signing straight after the event.

Published by Hamish Hamilton.


'Expansive, arresting, with sly humour... Masud establishes herself as a significant chronicler of personal and national experience' Financial Times

'Noreen Masud fathoms the depths of flat landscapes - sharp, subtle and very moving' Robert Macfarlane

'Haunting and generous, beautifully written - this book is a gift' Preti Taneja

'A Flat Place reminds us that there is hope in the smallest of gestures' Sara Ahmed

About Noreen Masud

Noreen Masud is a lecturer in twentieth century literature at the University of Bristol, and an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker. A Flat Place is her first trade book.