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Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape

A talk by Jay Griffiths

Friday, 15th of Nov 2013 | 18:00 Uhr
Telegrafenberg A32, 14473 Potsdam

Language: English

While travelling the world in order to write her award-winning book Wild, Jay Griffiths became increasingly aware of the huge differences in how childhood is experienced in indigenous cultures. From communities in West Papua and the Arctic to the ostracised young people of contemporary Britain, she asks why we have enclosed our children in a consumerist cornucopia but denied them the freedoms of space, time and deep play. She uses anthropology, history, philosophy, language and literature to illustrate children’s affinity for the natural world, for animals and woodlands, and examines the quest element of childhood. Arguing that the risk-averse society enfeebles children, robbing them of the physical freedom they both want and need, Griffiths illustrates how the stress of overscheduled lives denies children their hours of unclocked reverie.

‘Reading this book feels like playing in the woods.’ Independent

Jay Griffiths is a British writer living in Wales. With her first book (Pip Pip: A Sideways Look at Time) she won the Discover award for the best new non-fiction writer to be published in the USA. Her second book (Wild: An Elemental Journey) was shortlisted for both the Orwell prize and for the World Book Day award and won the inaugural 2007 Orion Book Award in the USA. In autumn 2013 Jay Griffiths is artist in residence at PIK with a stipend from the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm.

Reservation necessary, the entry is free. For reservations call 0331 288 2519 or -2502

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