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November 2018

Lapland Keynote @ Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences

22 November 2018 - 23 November 2018
University of Lapland Rovaniemi, Finland

Watch the video of my keynote... Snowshoes on and join a truly wonderful line up of speakers and sessions at the Finnish Society for Environmental Social Sciences (YHYS) Annual colloquium, being held this year at University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, in November. Keynoting around the theme of NatureCultures are: Philip Vannini (Royal Roads University), who will be talking about life off grid, Rauna Kuokkanen (University of Lapland) is speaking on indigenous relationality, and Paivo Kinnunen (University of Oulu) will talk about…

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February 2019

Orkney Energy Futures: Book Launch and Talks

21 February 2019 @ 19:30 - 21:30

Book launch and talks inspired by my new book, 'Energy at the End of the World: an Orkney Islands Saga' published this month by MIT Press. More than a book launch, a celebration of reflection of Orknery energy futures. Featuring discussion and work by Anne Bevan, Pamela Beasant, Gareth Davies, Clive Brookes, Mark Hull, and Neil Kermode. Free entry. Book readings. Author signing. Short film. Poetry. Energy (and energetic) discussion. Celebratory glass of something. All welcome. People. Place. Art. Energy.…

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Edinburgh Book Launch @Blackwell’s

28 February 2019 @ 18:30 - 20:00
Blackwell’s South Bridge, 53-62 South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1YS United Kingdom
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I am really excited to announce that the Edinburgh launch for my book on Orkney's energy future is happening... Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga "The islands of Orkney, off the northern coast of Scotland, are closer to the Arctic Circle than to London. Surrounded by fierce seas and shrouded by clouds and mist, the islands seem to mark the edge of the known world. And yet they are a center for energy technology innovation, from marine energy to hydrogen…

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April 2019

Wave Energy Club, Edinburgh

17 April 2019 @ 19:30 - 22:00

Wave Energy Club is where everyone, in and around Edinburgh, who's involved in the marine energy industry comes to meet, drink, and catch up. I've been asked to give a talk at their pubinar event in April around social interactions with marine energy - chance to hear more about the new book on Orkney marine energy, for sure! The human, social and economic aspects of a marine renewable energy future Wednesday 17 April 2019 Doors at 7:30pm, talks start at…

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August 2019

Edinburgh International Book Festival

11 August 2019
Garden Theatre, Edinburgh Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Announcing my appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this year, as part of the New York Times debate series 'From Carbon’s Casualties to Climate Solutions'. I'll be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer of climate change, Josh Haner, and Australian novelist and campaigner, Tim Winton. We'll be talking about some positive planetary solutions, featuring my new book Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga Sunday 11 August 19:30 - 21:00 Garden Theatre,…

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October 2019

Virtual Island Summit

8 October 2019

You can attend this fantastic event and its line up of speakers online. I'm excited to be invited as one of the keynote speakers at this international conference. I'll be speaking about my recent book, Energy at the End of the World, but also expanding on my recent work and ideas on energy and data futures at the edge. Many of my Orkney colleagues and collaborators are also speaking (including Gareth Davies, Aquatera, and Mark Hamilton, Solo) so expect to…

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Science Fiction Poetry at Event Horizon

10 October 2019 @ 19:30 - 22:00

And the capsule tumbled with delight. I'm performing some of my Science Fiction Poetry at the epic regular Edinburgh 'Event Horizon' on Thurs 10 October, Frankenstein Bier Keller, 7.30pm. Expect personal, metallic, prose-poetry. And banter. Heckle me home to the shoreline of infinity...  

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November 2019

Saltire Literary Awards

30 November 2019 @ 19:00
National Museum of Scotland Edinburgh,

Excited to say that 'Energy at the End of the World: An Orkney Islands Saga' been shortlisted for a Saltire Literary Award as Research Book of the Year 2019. This year, for the first time, the Saltire Society will be awarding a prize for Scottish Book Cover and a special Award for Lifetime Achievement. The winners of all eleven prizes, and the Saltire Book of the Year, will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Saturday 30 November at…

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February 2020

Talk and Writing Workshop at Rachel Carson Center, Munich

6 February - 7 February
Rachel Carson Center, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München
Munich, Germany

Fantastic to be able to participate in the work and activities at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München / Munich. I'm leading 2 events at the beginning of February: Hope, the Sea, and Marine Energy: Stories from the Energy Future Islands Lunchtime Colloquium 6 February 12:00  – 14:00 Talk is free and open to all Details are here. Writing with Landscape -- Doctoral Workshop 7 February 9.00 - 14.00 I'll be creating a space for…

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Guest Lecture on Visualisation in STS, Goldsmiths

18 February
Goldsmiths, University of London, 8 Lewisham Way
London, SE14 6NW

Centre for Invention and Social Process (CISP), Goldsmiths, University of London, are organising a one day workshop in February. Creating Better Visualisations (with STS): A workshop with guest lecture by Laura Watts  Tuesday February 18th, 2020 10am-5pm Goldsmiths, University of London Register online. How can we advance visualisation practices as modes of doing STS? While STS has been at the forefront of analyzing the role of visualizations in scientific practice (e.g. Latour, Lynch & Woolgar, Daston & Galison etc.), the…

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