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Esther Rutter: This Golden Fleece - Meet the Author [Online Event]

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2020-06-17 20:00
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This Golden Fleece traces the history of wool and knitting throughout the British Isles. Esther Rutter travels the length and breadth of the British Isles, knitting as she travels, to seek out just how wool has shaped Britain’s landscape, language, culture and economy.


Over the course of a year, Esther Rutter - who grew up on a sheep farm in Suffolk, and learned to spin, weave and knit as a child - travelled the length of the British Isles, to tell the story of wool's long history here. She unearthed fascinating histories of communities whose lives were shaped by wool, from the mill workers of the Border countries, to the English market towns built on profits of the wool trade, and the Highland communities cleared for sheep farming.

Each chapter follows the creation of a particular garment pertinent to Britain’s craft culture, from protest knitting to fishermen’s jumpers, from funeral stockings to knitted swimwear. Through these garments Esther examines the places and people that created them, working in the little-known stories of knitters from Shetland to the Channel Islands, from Wales to East Anglia.

In today’s knitwear industries, she finds tradition and innovation intermingling. She also seeks to ‘myth bust’ commonly held assumptions and stories about knitting, and examines the role of knitting in the creativity of writers such as Virginia Woolf and Lytton Strachey.

This Golden Fleece is at once a meditation on the craft and history of knitting, and a fascinating exploration of wool's influence on our landscape, history and culture.

Esther Rutter studied English at Magdalen College, Oxford, where she held an academic scholarship. She has worked at the Wordsworth Trust and at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and is currently Writer in Residence at the University of St Andrews. Growing up on a sheep farm in Suffolk – where as a child she learned to spin, weave and knit – she retains an affection for all things woolly. She lives in Fife, Scotland.


Wednesday 17 June, 8.00 pm
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