White cliffs of Dover get writer in residence
Published: 20th Aug 2012 11:27:36
The white cliffs of Dover are to get their own writer-in-residence who has been commissioned to explore their impact on British identity.
Julian Baggini will spend a week based at South Foreland Lighthouse recording his observations in a blog.
He was born in nearby Folkestone and his mother is from Dover.
The National Trust, which commissioned Mr Baggini, is trying to buy a stretch of the cliffs and has raised £800,000 of the £1.2m it needs to do so.
Mr Baggini said: "These are a natural feature of our landscape which have been here for thousands of years, they're not things which have been erected in the last century or so."
The writer and philosopher said the cliffs were the first sight of the British mainland seen by his Italian immigrant father who came to the country in the 1960s.
"For millions of Britons living across the world, the white cliffs are a clear symbol of Britain, in much the same way that the Statue of Liberty has defined America," he said.
"Even if we've never been to or seen the white cliffs of Dover, there is a collective sense that they matter.
"I want to get a real sense of what the white cliffs of Dover mean for British people, including those for whom the cliffs were the first sight of the country which would become their adopted home."
The National Trust already owns about four miles of the chalk cliffs.
It wants to fill in the gap between the two segments it already owns, creating a five-mile (8km) contiguous reserve with guaranteed rambling rights and nature protection.
Its campaign has been backed by actress Dame Judi Dench, singer Joss Stone and yachtswoman Dame Ellen MacArthur.
At 17:05:48 in SportLeicester City manager Nigel Pearson insists he is not worried about his unresolved contract situation.
At 16:55:25 in SportHead coach Garry Monk says he will not consider his own future until Swansea City secure Premier League survival.
At 16:52:24 in EnglandA father whose son's life "ended abruptly" at Hillsborough had his dreams cut short through the "failures of others", an inquest was told.
At 16:52:17 in SportFormer Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing believes the entire city would be lifted if the Reds end their 24-year wait to win the league title.
At 16:51:11 in BusinessThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants minimum age restrictions and health warnings on e-cigarettes.
At 16:48:47 in HeadlinesJust two months ago the message on Syria was very simple.
At 16:44:30 in Northern IrelandA nurse in the Republic of Ireland who admitted taping a patient's mouth to keep him quiet has been given the Probation Act.
At 16:44:14 in ScotlandScottish retailer Scotmid has warned it does not anticipate "a meaningful retail upturn" this year after reporting a slump in operating profits.
At 16:38:29 in ScotlandPolice have appealed for witnesses after a man was assaulted in the Cowgate area of Edinburgh on Easter Monday.
At 16:37:22 in WalesA boy accused of raping a fellow pupil at a north Wales primary school has told a jury the alleged attack never happened.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. White cliffs of Dover get writer in residence [Online] (Updated 20th Aug 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1447088/White-cliffs-of-Dover-get-writer-in-residence [Accessed 24th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
A Moscow court has extended the house arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by another six months for violating its conditions.
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said David Cameron is "right" to state that the UK is a "Christian country".
The number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank has warned.
A boy accused of raping a fellow pupil at a north Wales primary school has told a jury the alleged attack never happened.
The leader of an internet gang which stole £1.25m from banks has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.
Scottish retailer Scotmid has warned it does not anticipate "a meaningful retail upturn" this year after reporting a slump in operating profits.