19. February 2019 - 18:00 till 20:00
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‘Poetry, Philosophy and Potatoes’ with Rebecca Earle | The Leeds Library | Tuesday, 19. February 2019

‘Poetry, Philosophy and Potatoes’
What do we talk about when we talk about potatoes?  Most of the time, potatoes are a byword for ordinary. Potatoes are dependable, a trustworthy staple, which today are eaten all over the world.  But potatoes also tell stories about who we are, about family, and about our links to the cosmos.  This talk explores some of these stories, from the poetry of Seamus Heaney to the potato’s role in War and Peace.
Rebecca Earle has been researching the global history of potatoes, and their journey from the South American Andes to everywhere. She is the author of Potato (Bloomsbury, 2019).  Professor Earle is based in the School of Comparative American Studies at the University of Warwick.
All are welcome but booking is essential.