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George Mackay Brown and the Fiction of Community

Seminar in Kirkwall, Orkney
When Apr 23, 2012
from 07:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Orkney College UHI, Kirkwall
Contact Name Dr Ragnhild Ljosland
Contact Phone 01856 569302
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Open lecture: George Mackay Brown and the Fiction of Community

On Monday 23 April in Orkney and Tuesday 24 April in Shetland, there will be a free seminar lecture as part of the Centre for Nordic Studies seminar series. This will be the first one of the 2012 seminar series, which will run until October. The idea behind the seminar series is to invite expert speakers to share their knowledge on subjects of interest to Orkney with the Orkney community. Monday’s seminar speaker is Dr Timothy C. Baker from the University of Aberdeen, where he is Lecturer in Scottish Literature. Dr Baker's research focuses on the representation of community and religion in Scottish fiction.

He is coming to speak about George Mackay Brown and how the Orkney community is represented in his fiction. The sense of community and the distinct “Orcadianness” is something which distinguishes George Mackay Brown’s poetry and prose works. At the same time, his fictional Orkney is also different from the real Orkney. Timothy Baker, in his book George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community, analyses the importance of the local community in George Mackay Brown’s work and relates it to current philosophical and sociological models of community, presenting George Mackay Brown as a major thinker of community. His lectures, with the title “George Mackay Brown and the Fiction of Community”, will give everyone a chance to hear more about his ideas and about George Mackay Brown as a thinker of community. There will also be an open discussion afterwards. The seminar is free of charge.

Monday 23 April 2012, 7.30pm, Restaurant, Orkney College, East Road, Kirkwall, Orkney.

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