Made In England
Made in England: Cambridgeshire
Join us as we take a look at some of Cambridgeshire's most noted literary and artistic figures, as part of the Made in England Project.
Cambridgeshire's links to literature are numerous and historically significant.
Cambridge University has produced an extensive and renowned list of literary alumni. Lord Byron, William Wordsworth, John Milton, Alfred Tennyson, Vladimir Nabokov, A.A. Milne and Samuel Taylor Coleridge are just a few of the major names in literature to have studied there.
Sci-fi writer Douglas Adams, who is best known for his 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', was born in Cambridge. Young up and coming novelist Nicola Barker is from Ely.
Cambridge-born artist Jenny Saville is famed for her paintings depicting the form of the female body, whilst Peterborough's Christopher Perkins was a noted 20th century portrait painter.
Legendry group Pink Floyd formed in Cambridge and some of their early experimental work is said to be inspired by the Fenlands. The Cambridge Folk Festival is a popular annual event that draws folk fans from all around the UK and beyond.
Made in England
Made in England is a joint partnership between BBC English Regions and Arts Council England to bring audiences and artists together in unique collaborations to provide exciting new cultural experiences.
It is a project dedicated to exploring how England – the place and the people - is expressed through creative and artistic forms.
Think about the Lake District - dramatic and elegant, the lush greens and icy blues depicting an unspoilt England. William Wordsworth was so inspired by the landscape he wrote poems, sonnets and ballads dedicated to it.
Non-traditional art is just as important to recognise - graffiti on the streets, estates built in the Sixties, and even regional accents. Does this architecture, history and culture inspire you to think of all things English?
If you’re bursting with enthusiasm at the thought of creating something - why don’t you see how you can get involved? Visit the main Made in England site to find out how you can get your creative juices flowing.
last updated: 18/04/2008 at 14:46