Thursday, November 05, 2020

Two events to celebrate David Lindsay & A Voyage to Arcturus


This year - 16th September, to be exact - marks the centenary of the publication of the extraordinary metaphysical fantasy novel A Voyage to Arcturus, the first book by the relatively neglected Scottish author David Lindsay (1876-1945)

Two online events are coming up to celebrate Lindsay's work. The first takes place on 19th November, organised by the Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic at the University of Glasgow. This will feature author Nina Allen, and scholars Douglas A. Anderson and Professor Robert Davis. The event runs on Zoom from 1800-1930 (UK time). More info and tickets can be found here.

The second event, which I am helping to organise, will take place on 9 December via the website of the Scottish Storytelling Centre. This will run from 1300-1800, and will feature presentations on not just A Voyage to Arcturus, but also Lindsay's other novels, The Haunted Woman, The Violet Apple, Devil's Tor, and The Witch. Composer David Power will talk about writing Lindsay-inspired music, and I will be showing a preview of the film I have made about Lindsay's work. More info and tickets can be found here.

Photo: David Lindsay, c. 1914. Courtesy of the Estate of David Lindsay.

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