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Blackwell’s Bookshop is extremely excited to welcome Brian Catling, who will be in store to chat about his forthcoming book The Erstwhile, the second in The Vorrh series.
Brian will be in conversation with literary critic and fellow writer Stuart Kelly.
About the Book
In London and Germany, strange beings are reanimating themselves. They are the Erstwhile, the angels that failed to protect the Tree of Knowledge, and their reawakening will have major consequences.
In Africa, the colonial town of Essenwald has fallen into disarray because the timber workforce has disappeared into the Vorrh. Now a team of specialists are dispatched to find them. Led by Ishmael, the former cyclops, they enter the forest, but the Vorrh will not give them back so easily.
To make matters worse, an ancient guardian of the forest has plans for Ishmael and his crew. Meanwhile a child of mixed race has been found abandoned in a remote cottage. Her origins are unknown, but she has powers beyond her own understanding. Conflict is coming, as the old and new, human and inhuman are set on a collision course.
Once again blending the real and the imagined, The Erstwhile brings historical figures such as William Blake and places such as the Bedlam Asylum, as well as ingenious creations such as The Kin (a family of robots) together to create unforgettable novel of births and burials, excavations and disappearances.
About the Author
Brian Catling RA is an English sculptor, poet, novelist, film maker and performance artist. He was educated at North East London Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. He now holds the post of Professor of Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford and is a fellow of Linacre College.He has been exhibiting his work internationally since the 1970s. In 2001 he co founded the international performance collective WitW. He has published poetic works, including one compendium, A Court of Miracles, in 2009. His first prose book Bobby Awl was published in 2007. Currently he is writing novels and has just completed The Vorrh trilogy.
For more information or if you would like a signed copy because you can’t make it to the event, please contact Ellie Wixon on 0131 622 8229 or [email protected]
Come along to Cabaret Voltaire (36-38 Blair St, Edinburgh, EH1 1QR), doors open at 6.30pm and the talks start from 7pm. Come along for a bite of food, a chance to learn about the philosophy of Daoism
Linguistics is the scientific study of language. Bilingualism/multilingualism is a research field focused on learning more than one language over the lifespan and its effects on brains and behavior. I am a professor of developmental linguistics at the University of Edinburgh. I’m the founding director of the research and information centre Bilingualism Matters, which makes research results available to different sectors of society and has 17 branches all over Europe and the US.
Then there is a break when we get the chance to eat something, have a drink and a chat. Everyone is invited to bring an item of food to put on the table, and help take away the food at the end so that nothing goes to waste.
Daoism is one of the oldest philosophies there is. It was written down in only five thousand Chinese characters by a respected teacher called Laozi (604-531 BCE) before he travelled to the West. Because the language it is written in is so ancient, scholars have made many different translations. There are a few books in English but they are rather difficult.I have been teaching Chinese culture for fifty years and trying to practise Daoism all that time. As the years have gone by I find it easier and easier to understand, and in recent years new discoveries in geology and astronomy hae confirmed everything that Laozi taught.
UNSUNG WOMEN OF OUR PRESENT DAY
Free Community meal and Talk
Community Meals are a casual, free event open to all and serve as an opportunity to bring the Edinburgh community together and celebrate our diversity.
EIFA is pleased to host the third Community Meal on Monday April 23rd at 6:30-8pm, we will be joined by a wonderful group of speakers to continue in the ‘Women of Faith’ series.
This week the ‘Women of Faith’ series will focus on the ‘Unsung Women of our Present Day’ in the diverse religious traditions who have inspired us and overcome boundaries, shining light on Women who are greatly admired but often forgotten.
This a free event, but with limited places please reserve your seat. If you have any questions please email [email protected]
We look forward to welcoming you for an evening of good company and good vegetarian food!