Please note: unfortunately this event has been cancelled.
Northern Irish dystopian novelists Jo Zebedee (author of Inish Carraig and Into a Blood-Red Sky) and Byddi Lee (author of the Rejuvenation trilogy) will discuss the role of dystopian, apocalyptic and climate fiction in addressing the potential breakthroughs to come in a world of ever-increasing climate change disasters.
Whilst it may seem as if such fiction wallows in despair at an unavoidably bleak future, the work of both novelists follows the advice of Ursula Le Guin: “I think hard times are coming when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope.”
This is part of a series of talks 'Apocalypse Now, Then, Soon', focussing on apocalyptic scenarios in a range of media, from realist and dystopian fiction and comics to horror films as grim warnings of the future to come if humanity doesn't start addressing the horrors of climate breakdown. How can we achieve the breakthroughs needed to stem off this crisis? The events will also explore how eco-poetry and eco-criticism can help us establish a proper relationship with the Earth we live in and depend on for the future of Being Human.