24th May 2021 by

Page Breaks – Right On Track (2nd June)

Our reading for this week will be two short essays about train travel.

“With everyday minutiae gone at least temporarily, and with scenery providing the backdrop so essential to introspection, we find the time to reflect. And while other forms of transport take away from this process… trains inspire it.” (Margarita Gokun Silva, ‘Right on Track’)

Text (Reading)

Both these pieces are quite sentimental about train travel, but we don’t have to be! We’ll treat these as a starting-point for wider discussion, so you’re welcome to pick just one, rather than reading both.

  • Margarita Gokun Silva, “Right on Track” (Aeon, 2109)
  • Hannah Jane Parkinson, “For silence or great conversation, the best journeys are taken by train” (Guardian, 2021)

“Time” and Place

  • Wed 2 June, 1 pm
  • Zoom: Link (Password: pagebreaks)

Looking forward to seeing you all again soon! This event is run by Dorothy Butchard and Toria Johnson (d.butchard@bham.ac.uk and t.johnson@bham.ac.uk). Please email us if you have any questions, but you’re welcome to just turn up.

About Page Breaks

This is an informal weekly reading group within the Department of English Literature. All welcome! 

Page Breaks: Postgraduate Seminar in English Literature