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Dystopia, apocalypse and contemporary women’s writing explored in lunchtime talk


Why are novels and films that imagine the end of the world so popular at the moment?

Susan Watkins

Professor Susan Watkins, of the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, is hosting a talk next month in Leeds Town Hall to explore the reasons why writers choose to write about dystopia and apocalypse. 

The talk is part of the Leeds Cultural Conversations - a series of lunchtime talks organised by the university’s Centre for Culture and the Arts – and will also look at the ways contemporary women writers, such as Margaret Atwood, offer an alternative viewpoint on this trend.

Professor Watkins, Director for the Centre for Culture and the Arts, said: “This talk will explore the long tradition of women’s dystopian and apocalyptic writing, as well as some of the new ways they are approaching this subject in the present moment.

“The topic is of interest because, as Margaret Atwood has said, ‘science fiction is about now’.

“It would suit anyone studying Margaret Atwood who wants to think a bit more broadly about a novel such as The Handmaid’s Tale and anyone who enjoys reading apocalyptic and dystopian fiction.”

The talk is being held on 7 February, 12.30-1.30pm in Victoria Hall, Leeds Town Hall*.

There are only a small number of tickets left for the event. If you are interested in attending, please register here.

*Please note that the venue has been changed for this talk. It will now take place in Victoria Hall, within Leeds Town Hall, Leeds, LS1 3AD.

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