THE DARK OF SUMMER

September 10 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Eric Linklater, who died 50 years ago, published in 1956 a novel with action past and present spanning Orkney, Shetland and Faroe. It has a fateful mood, showing how chains of events can built up to tragic conclusions – but then builds up to an unexpected ending with a fresh picture of the nature of Time and a feeling of hope and redemption. And that picture of Time, says Dr Howie Firth, is quite remarkably one that is right at the forefront of modern physics, opening a possible way to solving deep fundamental problems. He tells the story of the book and its implications.

Now I see time as a river rising in the future, and like – but contrary to – the lordly fish that swim from the light of the sea to the darkness of their spawning-grounds, we may swim up-stream from darkness towards the light of its undiscovered source.

– Eric Linklater, The Dark of Summer
HIGHLAND RIVER
A PATH THROUGH GAMES AND LANGUAGE

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