Stranger than Fiction


Spend an afternoon with writers Deborah Campbell, Alexandra Risen, Laurence Scott, Jeff VanderMeer and visiting Irish non-fiction writer, Catriona Crowe. Get inspired by new ideas about our humanity and our relation to the world around us.

Stranger than Fiction presentations will take place in the Brigantine Room from 12pm to 6pm on Sunday, October 30th.

Campbell Deborah

Stranger than Fiction: Deborah Campbell
A Disappearance in Damascus: A Story of Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War.
Award-winning journalist Deborah Campbell travels undercover to Damascus, reporting on the exodus of Iraqis into Syria in the aftermath of the Iraq War. 

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Risen AlexandraStranger than Fiction: Alexandra Risen
Root Therapy: Re-imagining the Family Tree
Alexandra Risen’s memoir Unearthed celebrates family bonds and perseverence. In this uplifting talk she will discuss the unconscious and profound connections between nature, gardens and people, and how soil is the new Prozac.

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Scott LaurenceStranger than Fiction: Laurence Scott
The Four Dimensional Human
Laurence Scott, hailed as a “New Generation Thinker” by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the BBC, presents The Four Dimensional Human and explores the effects of technology on human behavior and identity.  

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VandermeerStranger than Fiction: Jeff VanderMeer
Moving Beyond the Human Era: Storytelling and Climate Change
Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy explores ecological issues through his attempts to uncover the mystery behind Area X, allowing VanderMeer to engage in what the New Yorker called “experiments in weird nature writing”. VanderMeer will explore writing about climate change. 

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Crowe CatrionaStranger than Fiction: Catriona Crowe
Ireland’s violent revolution: How do we commemorate it?
Catriona Crowe will talk about the Irish decade of revolutionary centenaries – the 1913 Lockout, the Great War, the 1916 Rising, Civil War and independence – and how a small country deals with its violent beginnings as a state.

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