Joanne Parker - Author

About the Author

Joanne Parker is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Exeter. She has always been interested in the British countryside, in British eccentricities, and in questions of identity. She has lived in York, Edinburgh, Cumbria, Quebec, and now lives on Dartmoor (next door to a pub allegedly built around a standing stone), with a morris dancer, two daughters and a flock of black sheep.

Featured books by Joanne Parker

Britannia Obscura Mapping Hidden Britain

Britannia Obscura Mapping Hidden Britain

Author: Joanne Parker Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/11/2014

What is the shape of Britain? The country's outline, looking a little like a wingless dragon, is instantly recognisable on any map or globe. But jostling within that familiar profile are countless vying maps of the country. Some of these are founded on rock - or on the natural features of the land. But far more are built on dreams - on human activity, effort, and aspiration. Britannia Obscura is an exploration of just a few of these surprising hidden Britains. Through a series of meetings with figures such as the retired army colonel and ley-hunter John Christian, the horse-boater Sue Day, and the cave-explorer Dave Nixon, each of the book's five chapters focuses on how a different group or community imagines the land and our relationship with it. On the megalith-hunter's map of Britain, the teeming metropolis of the country lies not in the South East, but rather amid the moors of its South West corner. The canal map of Britain reveals a land that takes four or five days to cross, and in which major transport routes lie forgotten beneath willowherb and litter. And on the ever-shifting and growing caver's map of Britain there are unknown regions still waiting to be discovered. Together, the book's chapters reveal that Britain is a country with countless competing centres and ceaselessly shifting borders - a land where one person's sleepy, remote and unexceptional province will always be the busy heart of another's map. The book also demonstrates that when viewed through the right lenses, Britain is a surprisingly large small island, which a lifetime of exploration could never exhaust. Ultimately, Britannia Obscura is a book that aims to make its readers more familiar with Britain but also excited about the endless possibilities for surprise that lie just around familiar corners.

Other books by Joanne Parker

Britannia Obscura Mapping Britain's Hidden Landscapes

Britannia Obscura Mapping Britain's Hidden Landscapes

Author: Joanne Parker Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/11/2015

Longlisted for the 2014 Thwaites Wainwright Prize Welcome to a large small island. The outline of the British Isles is instantly recognisable. But jostling within that familiar profile are countless vying maps of the country. Some of these maps are founded on rock, or on the natural features of the land. Far more are built on dreams - on human activity, effort, and aspiration. From investigations of caves and megaliths to canals and airspace, Joanne Parker reveals a country with countless competing centres and ceaselessly shifting borders - a land where one person's sleepy, unexceptional province will always be the busy heart of another's map. Britannia Obscura opens our eyes to the infinitely layered, rich and surprising landscape of Britain.

`England'S Darling' The Victorian Cult of Alfred the Great

`England'S Darling' The Victorian Cult of Alfred the Great

Author: Joanne Parker Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/05/2014

For much of the nineteenth century, King Alfred was as important as King Arthur in the British popular imagination. A pervasive cult of the King developed which included the erection of at least four public statues, the completion of more than twenty-five paintings, and the publication of over a hundred texts, by authors ranging from Wordsworth to minor women writers. By 1852, J.A. Froude could describe Alfred's life as 'the favourite story in English nurseries'; in 1901, a national holiday marked the thousandth anniversary of his death, organised by a committee including Edward Burne Jones, Arthur Conan Doyle and Thomas Hughes. The book examines the ways in which Alfred was rewritten by nineteenth-century authors and artists, and asks how beliefs about the Saxon king's reign and achievements related to nineteenth-century ideals about leadership, law, religion, commerce, education and the Empire. The book concludes by addressing the most interesting enigma in Alfred's reception history: why is the king no longer 'England's darling'? A fascinating study that will be enjoyed by scholars of history, cultural history, literature and art history. -- .

The Survival Guide for Newly Qualified Social Workers in Adult and Mental Health Services Hitting the Ground Running

The Survival Guide for Newly Qualified Social Workers in Adult and Mental Health Services Hitting the Ground Running

Author: Joanne Parker, Diane Galpin, Jenny Bigmore Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2011

Formal education has finally ended, you've passed your exams and you're getting started as a newly qualified social worker (NQSW). As you make the transition from student to fully fledged practitioner, you'll soon discover a whole host of challenges as you hit the ground running in your new career. This handbook will guide you through the initial hurdles you will face in this transitional phase, helping you to fully understand your role and how to meet the requirements of NQSW status. The book explores the practicalities of starting work in a new organisation and the professional demands particular to adult and mental health services, such as working jointly with other professions and maintaining your professional identity. A range of strategies are provided for staying motivated, managing stress and developing support networks. The authors also explore the role of supervision and critical reflection, and give advice on continuing professional development. This survival guide is an essential support to students, newly qualified social workers, practice educators and post-qualification practitioners specialising in adult and mental health services.

`England'S Darling' The Victorian Cult of Alfred the Great

`England'S Darling' The Victorian Cult of Alfred the Great

Author: Joanne Parker Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2007

During the last two decades, numerous studies have been devoted to the Victorian fascination with King Arthur, however . the figure of King Alfred has received almost no attention. For much of the nineteenth century, Alfred was as important as Arthur in the British popular imagination. A pervasive cult of the king developed which included the erection of at least four public statues, the completion of more than twenty-five paintings, and the publication of over a hundred texts, by authors ranging from Wordsworth to minor women writers. By 1852, J.A. Froude could describe Alfred's life as 'the favourite story in English nurseries'; in 1901, a national holiday marked the thousandth anniversary of his death, organised by a committee including Edward Burne Jones, Arthur Conan Doyle and Thomas Hughes. England's darling sets out to answer the questions that must arise in the face of such nineteenth-century enthusiasm for a long-dead king. It addresses a genuine gap in the literature on Victorian medievalism in particular and cultural history in general and argues that knowledge of the cult of Alfred is crucial to understanding the Victorian cultural map. The book examines the ways in which Alfred was rewritten by nineteenth-century authors and artists, and asks how beliefs about the Saxon king's reign and achievements related to nineteenth-century ideals about leadership, law, religion, commerce, education and the Empire. The book concludes by addressing the most interesting enigma in Alfred's reception history: why is the king no longer 'England's darling'? A fascinating study that will be enjoyed by scholars of history, cultural history, literature and art history. -- .

Robin Hood: Classic Fiction Library

Robin Hood: Classic Fiction Library

Author: Joanne Parker Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/04/2005

The Robin Hood tradition is best known in popular forms such as ballad, lyric, play, children's story and, in our own era, television and film. There have, however, also been a significant number of novelists who have devoted themselves to retelling and reshaping the story. In particular, the nineteenth century provided some classical fictional reformulations of the outlaw saga, in which the hero and his activities were re-interpreted in ways relating to the concerns and values of the period. Robin appears, for instance, as a Gothic adventurer, a romantic hero, a lost heir, a precursor of Baden-Powell, and even as a loyal servant of parliamentary democracy in its alleged origin. The substantial novels that embody these conceptions of the outlaw are little known, and quite unavailable until now. This collection reprints these nineteenth-century texts and in doing so re-establishes for scholars and readers a largely lost element of the remarkably rich and ever-popular myth.

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