The Early Days of a Better Nation

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

For one night only! (And some other free events)

Tonight (Tuesday) Andrew J. Wilson is reading his short story 'Under the Bright and Hollow Sky' at Underword, in Fingers Piano Bar, Frederick St, from 7.50pm to 8.40pm. Admission is free. I read the part of the story involving testimony by that dubious character 'Ken MacLeod'.

Down in the Grassmarket, Transreal Fiction (a fine SF and fantasy bookshop, and Fringe Venue 326 – page 132 of this year’s Fringe Programme) has a Summer Exhibition (running until Monday 31st August 2009) by talented photographer Madeleine Shepherd, called Alba ad Astra. Madeleine's superb colour photographs, showing curious aspects and odd angles of Scotland's recent industrial, architectural and military archaeological remains, are arranged around the shop. You can take a laminated guide to what they show - and what they suggest - around the exhibition. With some written input by members of Writers' Bloc, and some rarely-seen issues of the legendary space-movement newsletter Rocketry Scotland going as far back as 1938, this free exhibition sets out a case for the existence of a secret Scottish space programme.

A companion exhibition book is available, with a foreword by me.

Another free, ongoing event in a good local bookshop is the Edinburgh Book Fringe at Word Power, well worth checking out.

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Hi Ken! photos from Under the Bright and Hollow Sky are on my flickr account (includes a couple of your good self)

It was a really good version of the material. Well worth stumbling out on my sticks to get along!

Thanks! Gosh, I look like I'm reading out the constitution of the next republic.

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