Dialogues with the Future: Dystopias and Hopes

Wednesday 20 November | 19-21:00

Kirkwall Adults Panel Event / Author Reading

Free (unticketed)

If you have any questions or for more information, please contact the venue directly.

01856 569 000

UHI Creative Writing is proud to present two up-and-coming Orkney authors, Harry Josephine Giles and Shaun Gardiner, in conversation this Book Week Scotland. The Drone hums in, bewildering and revelatory, a trans-human electronic person who can fly and destroy, but also has a cat, tries veganism, is unhappy in her job as an American military surveillance drone and offers a laser-sharp humorous and disturbing view from above of a post-modern world. Meanwhile, a boy has nails for eyes. His story takes place in a town trapped against the sea by a half-ring of factories, almost a prison. Across the horizon, huge machines stride. Through this town Bobby must make his quest. And fall in love with someone he has not seen.

Harry Josephine Giles (Drone) and Shaun Gardiner (The Boy with Nails for Eyes) will meet to talk about writing, present and future, trans-being, peace, dystopia and hope, and transcending traditional formats into performance poetry and the graphic novel.

Doors open at 19.00. Author conversation starts at 19.30.

Venue information

Orkney College

East Road

KW15 1LX

Wheelchair accessible, automatic doors, no stairs, all on ground level, disabled toilet available.


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