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Radical Fictions (Radical Book Fair)

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Assembly Roxy

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Join us for an informal lunch time panel, terrific writers exploring the radical potential of fiction.

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"Some people like just sitting down and being taken for a ride. That's a beautiful thing that fiction can do. But it's not the only thing." ― Zadie Smith

What role can fiction play in revealing buried truths or breaking barriers? In opening minds? In offering alternatives to the world we're in?

The bookshop's own Jim will be chairing a warm and informal lunchtime gathering of writers, including Hannah Lavery, Ely Percy & Heather Parry! They will, among many things, be talking about what fictions have shaped them and how they see literature shaping the broader political and cultural landscape.

We'll touch on the importance of representation in print, and look at whether the visions we play out in fiction can feed imaginations in such as way as to actually foster change...

While we read a novel, we are insane—bonkers. We believe in the existence of people who aren't there, we hear their voices... Sanity returns (in most cases) when the book is closed.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin

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This event is part of Edinburgh's 23rd Independent & Radical Book Fair, which runs from the 14th-17th November 2019. Please follow the link for details of accessibility as well as the bookshop's safer spaces policy.

The Independent & Radical Book Fair is entirely run by Lighthouse- Edinburgh's Radical Bookshop and we receive no outside funding. To keep the event running in this spectacular and accessible space, and to make it as welcoming as possible, a third of all tickets are FREE, and the rest are by donation. Please give as generously as you can, either online or at the book fair!

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Hannah Lavery’s poetry has been widely published, including in Gutter Magazine and in the pamphlet Finding Seaglass: Poems from The Drift, recently published by Stewed Rhubarb Press. Her first pamphlet of short fiction, Rocket Girls, was published by Postbox Press. She has been a featured poet at many spoken word and poetry nights including Neu! Reekie! Sonnet Youth, Rally and Broad, Flint and Pitch and Loud Poets.

The Drift, her autobiographical spoken word show, was part of the National Theatre of Scotland’s season 2019 and Black History Month 2019. Her play, The Lament for Sheku Bayoh, commissioned by the Royal Lyceum Theatre was performed as a work in progress as part of the Edinburgh International Festival 2019. Her plays have appeared at the likes of the Traverse, Lyceum and Summerhall and her work in theater has been awarded numerous grants & residencies including a Tom McGrath Playwriting Grant, a Megaphone Residency by the Workers’ Theatre.

Heather Parry is a Glasgow-based writer and editor. Her short stories have been widely published (The Stinging Fly, Gutter, F(r)iction) and performed at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Belladrum Festival, Hidden Door and more. Her work explores self-deception, transformation and the body.

Ely Percy’s first publication was in Big! magazine in 1994. Since then, they’ve released a memoir (‘Cracked’, 2002), graduated with distinction from Glasgow University’s MPhil in Creative Writing (2004) and contributed over fifty short stories to literary journals. They’ve also been a writer-in-residence in a prison, a community librarian in an LGBT centre, and the facilitator of a ‘pilot’ therapeutic writing class for adults with mental health difficulties which ran for three years. Their debut novel ‘Vicky Romeo Plus Joolz’ was published in March 2019.

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