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Dystopian Fiction

Part of World on the Brink

How closely to dystopian fictions resemble reality? Are we currently living inside a dystopian nightmare, or are they warnings of where we might be heading? What can the dystopian fiction of the north tell us about the apprehensions and aspirations of the Nordic region? And how does this compare to the dystopian dreams from elsewhere?

Discover the writers who have captured the imaginations of their homelands with dystopian visions and startling literary inventions, including Jussi Valtonen, author of They Know Not What They Do, which received the 2014 Finlandia Prize.

Speakers include:

- Jussi Valtonen, an author and psychologist from Helsinki. He studied neuropsychology in the United States and screenwriting in the UK. His previous works include two novels and a short story collection. His novel, They Know Not What They Do, was a critical and popular success in Finland, and is now forthcoming with One World.

- Megan Hunter, born in Manchester in 1984 and now living in Cambridge with her young family. She has a BA in English Literature from Sussex University, and an MPhil in English Literature: Criticism and Culture from Jesus College, Cambridge. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize. The End We Start From is her first novel.

Chaired by Yasmin Khan, a cultural consultant, coach and independent curator. As director of Covalent Creatives she operates a multidisciplinary portfolio, collaborating on innovative projects and exhibitions across the creative sector. Yasmin is also the founding producer of Sindbad Sci-Fi, a platform dedicated to Arab science fiction.

Part of Nordic Matters

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Royal Festival Hall
St Paul's Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Blue Side


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£20, £35

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This event is included in both the World on the Brink Sunday Pass and the World on the Brink Weekend Pass.