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Herring Tales - How the Silver Darlings Shaped Human Taste and History
Wed 19 October 2016, 19:30 – 20:30 BST
Scots like to smoke or salt them. The Dutch love them raw. Swedes look on with relish as they open bulging, foul-smelling cans to find them curdling within. Jamaicans prefer them with a dash of chilli pepper. Germans and the English enjoy their taste best when accompanied by pickle's bite and brine.
In this special event aboard the atmospheric Frigate Unicorn, Donald S Murray will talk about how much herring has done to shape both human taste and history. Following a journey from the western edge of Norway to the east of England, from Shetland and the Outer Hebrides to the fishing ports of the Baltic coast of Germany and the Netherlands, culminating in a visit to Iceland's Herring Era Museum, Donald S. Murray has stitched together tales of the fish that was of central importance to the lives of our ancestors, noting how both it - and those involved in their capture - were celebrated in the art, literature, craft, music and folklore of life in northern Europe.
Blending together politics, science, history, religious and commercial life, this evening with Donald will also feature music from local singers Lynne Campbell.
In partnership with Frigate Unicorn
When: Wednesday 19th October, 7.30pm (1 hour)
Where: Frigate Unicorn
£5 / £3
Part of Dundee Literary Festival 2016: www.literarydundee.co.uk