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Fri 24 Apr, 2015
Dalriada: A Romance of Invention
Speaker: Professor Christopher Harvie
Weaving history with cinematic flourishes, Darlriada is a steam-age Waverley, set at the start of World War I, in the Scotland that Germany’s leaders mistakenly wrote off as irrelevant. It’s an experiment in extreme situations, where morale and technology intersect, and airmen, soliders and politicians are forced to calculate the outcomes of their decisions using changing, unreliable data. Dr Duncan Muir, shipbuilding “man of push and go” is fighting his own war, minding an eccentric inventor, a romantic rebel, and several feisty women in a plot as strange as Alice in Wonderland – which reaches an extraordinary conclusion. Dalriada comes complete with planes, trains, automobiles, nudity, swearing, and live politics.
Professor Christopher Harvie is the author of fourteen books, mainly on modern UK history, as well as two works of political fiction. Join him to hear about the weird and wonderful way that fiction lands on fact, and to discover some of the odder facts that sound like fiction. “Even I didn’t realise a Scots pioneer of naval aviation was on the Japanese payroll until after Pearl Harbour,” he says.
- Date: Fri 24 Apr, 2015
- Time: 4.30pm
- Ticket Price: £6.00
- Concessions: £3.00
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