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August 2018

Petrocultures 2018 keynote in Glasgow

29 August 2018 - 1 September 2018
University of Glasgow United Kingdom

There's a fantastic line up for Petrocultures 2018 in Glasgow, including my energetic colleagues and collaborators from Cultures of Energy, Rice University, Dominic Boyer and Cymene Howe. Call for papers closes on 2 February. Petrocultures is motivated by the core notion that the humanities and social sciences have significant input to add to both knowledge of oil and energy and the irrevocable process of transformation. This is the first Petrocultures conference to be held outside North America. Scotland is an…

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September 2018

ASLE (Literature & Environment) keynote in Orkney

5 September 2018 - 7 September 2018
University of Highlands & Islands, Orkney Kirkwall, United Kingdom

Thrilled to be giving a keynote at the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland) conference this year, which is being held in Orkney! The conference is happening in conjunction with the Orkney International Science Festival. There's a great line up already: other keynotes include poet and artist, Alec Finlay, as well environmental researcher and consultant, Gareth Davies. Call for papers is open until 1st March. Otherwise, hope to see you in Kirkwall in September.   Details…

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Orkney International Science Festival (Kirkwall and Eday)

6 September 2018 - 8 September 2018

So, this year, I'll be taking two turns at the Orkney International Science Festival. Ebban An' Flowan 6 September 9.30 - 10.30 Town Hall, Kirkwall On Thursday, I'm in conversation with fellow Edinburgh poet, Alec Finlay, and Orkney environmental consultant, Gareth Davies. The three of us will reflect together on the development and insights in the collection, Ebban An' Flowan, the world's first poetic primer to marine renewable energy. Tickets available at the OISF website. Eday Newton Machine Evening 8…

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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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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
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

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 @ 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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