The Atlas of Imagined Places by Matt Brown and Rhys B. Davies

The Atlas of Imagined Places by  Matt Brown and Rhys B. Davies

This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 7th Oct 2021


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A stunning collection of fictional geography and topography, drawn from the world’s most-loved books, films and television productions.

We hope you will join us for an evening of fun, maps and imagination!

We are thrilled to welcome Matt Brown and Rhys B. Davis and illustrator Mike Hall to Stanfords to talk about their wonderful new book The Atlas of Imagined Places from Lilliput to Gotham City.

Map aficionados Matt Brown and Rhys B. Davies take readers on a tour around the world, offering a kaleidoscope of invented buildings, towns, countries, forests, mountains, rivers and oceans, shipwrecks and sunken cities. All beautifully brought to life in a collection of maps illustrated by Mike Hall.

From Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot to superhero Wakanda, from Lilliput of Gulliver's Travels to Springfield in The Simpsons, a wondrous atlas of imagined places around the world. Locations from film, tv, literature, myths, comics and video games are plotted in a series of beautiful vintage-looking maps.

The maps feature fictional buildings, towns, cities and countries plus mountains and rivers, oceans and seas. Ever wondered where the Bates Motel was based? Or Bedford Falls in It's a Wonderful Life? The authors have taken years to research the likely geography of thousands of popular culture locations that have become almost real to us. Sometimes these are easy to work out but other times a bit of detective work is needed and the authors have been those detectives. By looking at the maps, you'll find that the revolution at Animal Farm happened next to Winnie the Pooh's home.

Each location has an extended index entry plus coordinates so you can find it on the maps. Illuminating essays accompanying the maps give a great insight into the stories behind the imaginary places, from Harry Potter's wizardry to Stone Age Bedrock in the Flintstones.

A stunning map collection of invented geography and topography drawn from the world’s imagination. Fascinating, beautiful and an essential book for any popular culture fan and map enthusiast.

About the authors:

Matt Brown is an absolute map geek who once, on a very drawn-out whim, read every single Charles Dickens novel and mapped all the locations. He then did the same for Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen and the stories of Sherlock Holmes. Matt is the author of 10 books, all with Batsford. He is co-author and map contributor of Londonist Mapped (AA Publishing), a cartographic guide to London that won Stanford’s Illustrated Travel Book of the Year award in 2018. He also drew the maps for three of Patricia Bracewell’s historical novels about Emma of Normandy, beginning with Shadow on the Crown (2014). He serves as Editor-at-Large (formerly Editor) of

Rhys B. Davies hails from South Wales. Growing up as a child of the nineties, he was reared on a mix of Saturday-morning cartoons, blockbuster films and all manner of literature, from Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl to the airport bookstore staples of Crichton, Clancy and Cussler. These influences coalesced into a deep love of fiction and the worlds that imagination can build – definitely useful when trying to map those worlds out! His first novel Timewreck Titanic was independently published in 2012.

Mike Hall is a freelance illustrator and obsessive mapmaker based in Valencia, Spain. He has been fascinated by maps and architecture for as long as he can remember, spending endless days of his childhood drawing buildings in his hometown of Harlow and maps of places both real and imaginary. Since graduating from the University of Westminster, London in 2008 he has developed a specialism in map illustration and architectural drawings for a broad range of clients including Butlins, HarperCollins, Penguin and the Royal Horticultural Society. He is represented by the international agency IllustrationX.

The evening will start promptly at 7.00 pm.

Tickets £5

Includes glass of wine/soft drink

(£5 off the published price of Atlas of Imagined Places for ticket holders when purchased on the evening).

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2021-10-07 2021-10-07 Europe/London The Atlas of Imagined Places by Matt Brown and Rhys B. Davies A stunning collection of fictional geography and topography drawn from the world s most loved books films and television productions Stanfords,7 Mercer Walk,,London



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