Thought I’d take a breather from my usual level of pontificating and write about some more practical stuff, such as some interesting things/events that I have/will be part of:
Nice events in the future:
I’m reading at the Dunbar Literary Festival on 18th June, with fellow New Writer Awardees Andrew Sclater, Katy McAulay, and Erika Shorter.
I’m also taking part in Rob A MacKenzie’s Olympithon charity reading with a zillion other people at the Bongo Club on 19th June.
And I’m reading at the Significant Seven event at Hendersons at St John’s, on 21st June, along with six other recently published authors, such as Vicki Jarrett, Peter Burnett and Dickson Telfer.
Nice things have happened in the past:
I recently spoke at two interesting events about the interaction between literature and science. Both stemmed from my involvement with the Genomics Forum (now sadly an ex-Forum). The first event was at the Scottish Poetry Library and was about the poetry-genomics project that Matthias Wienroth (now at University of Northumbria) kicked off, some of us who took part in in chatted about the challenges of working on this interdisciplinary project which was designed to generate visual poems related to genetics through encouraging artists and scientists to work together. The outputs of that project are here.
The second event was at Looking Glass Books, to discuss the first findings of the ongoing What Scientists Read project, initiated by Sarah Dillon and Christine Knight. Too often the interaction between science and literature is presented as a one-way flow, the assumption being that writers are influenced by science but not vice versa. This project tests that assumption by asking scientists what they read and how it has influenced their work.
Somewhat related to that; I wrote an article for the Scotsman about ‘The Falling Sky’ and the interaction between astronomy and literature.
And on Lablit I reviewed the latest book ‘The Day without Yesterday’ by another ex-astronomer-now-writer, Stuart Clark, this novel completes his great historical trilogy about astronomy from Kepler to Einstein.