We’re hideously excited for Literary Dundee (Oct 19-23), so we thought we’d recommend some events you should go check out. Naturally, we say: all of them. But for the sake of argument, we’ve put our publishing hats on to help whittle it down a bit.
Looking Ahead: What Future for Critics in the Digital Age? – 23rd, 1pm
In partnership with the Scottish Review of Books and Creative Scotland
In the last 15 years over a third of Scots have stopped reading printed daily newspapers. Many journalists have lost their jobs and at a time when we have never needed criticism more, critics are losing their voice. This fascinating panel will reflect upon the future of critics in the digital age. Event info.
50 Years of Comics: Morris Heggie – 22nd, 10am
Bringing the Broons, Dennis the Menace and Oor Wullie to life. The legendary editor of Dundee’s world-famous comics industry may be retired but he’s still very much in demand! He joins Literary Dundee to discuss his life and work. An absolute must see. Event info.
Livewire! – 19th, 4.30pm
The annual showcase of student writing takes place on the first day of this year’s festival. The University’s Writing Practice & Study MLitt is 10 years old, and has launched the careers of many writers. Show some support for some at the start of their writing journey! Event info.
Lunchbox talks: H.G. Wells – Discoverer of the Future – 20th, 1pm
2016 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of H.G. Wells. Described as the father of science fiction, author of more than 100 books, he foresaw the invention of many things in his fiction. Keith Williams, Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, will talk on the importance of his work, particularly The Time Machine and the legacy that remains 70 years after his death. Event info.
New Kids on the Block: Neil Slorance & Maria Stoian – 22nd, 12pm
Neil joined us at our inaugural conference, 2020: A Publishing Odyssey, earlier in 2016 and was nice enough to live draw a number of our panels (you can see them here), and he joins the brilliant Maria to discuss the power of graphic storytelling and their respective work. A must see for comic fans! More info.
This just scrapes the surface of the programme in Dundee this week – be sure to check out Literary Dundee’s website and have a gander for yourselves. We hope to see you there!