River Tourism
Bridge over Loire Valley, France (shutterstock_109233011)
  • Rooms 102 and 105, Rolle Building, Plymouth University

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This conference, hosted by the Tourism Knowledge Transfer Researchers in SERC showcases the research being done on creation of place through new writing methodologies, including Charlie Mansfield's (2015) new concept of the toureme, and issues in Place Branding.


  • 12pm: Arrival and coffee (Room 102, Rolle Building)
  • 12.15pm: Dr Andreas Walmsley - Welcome and Introduction to Devon and TKT Research Culture at Plymouth University
  • 12.30pm: Professor Sheela Agarwal - Keynote
  • 12.45pm: Denise Maior-Barron - Manga and Film in Place-Making  
  • 1.05pm: Isabel Galleymore - Nature Writing Pedagogy
  • 1.20pm - 2.15pm: Break for delegates to use cafés around Rolle Building and Drake's Place
  • 2.20pm: Dr Hugues Séraphin, Winchester University - Impacts of Travel Writing on Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Destinations: The Case of Haiti 
  • 2.50pm: Dr Danielle Bishop - Zola, Thérèse Raquin and the River
  • 3.10pm: Zoe Roberts - Plymouth University ResM Research postgraduate, The River Dart and Alice Oswald's poem Dart 
  • 3.30pm: Dr Jos Smith, Exeter University - Confluence: From local to national in British Riverine Landscape Aesthetics
  • 4pm: Break for tea (use the cafés around Drake's Place and Rolle Building) and then to Room 115, Rolle Building for: 
  • 4.50pm: Dr Tom Mayberry, CEO, South West Heritage Trust
  • 5.15pm: Tim Hannigan, travel writer based in the South West
  • 5.35pm: Dr Corinne Fowler, Director of The Centre for New Writing at the University of Leicester, and Dr Harry Whitehead, novelist, Senior Tutor for Creative Writing at the University of Leicester, and chair of the annual Literary Leicester Festival.  
  • 5.55pm: Close 

Reserve speakers

  • Dr Charlie Mansfield - The Loire Valley Destination Image and Place Writing: a Research Practice
  • Dr Natalie Semley - Tourism Knowledge(s), the Gannel Estuary, Cornwall

Visit the conference website for further information and to book a place. Please note this event is open to the public.

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