Ali Smith: Art in a Time of Lies

  • Thu 26 Aug 17:30 - 18:30
  • The New York Times Theatre (in Sculpture Court)
  • BSL Interpreted, Captioned
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  • The New York Times Theatre (in Sculpture Court)
  • £14.00 [£12.00]
Ali Smith: Art in a Time of Lies

In each novel of Ali Smith’s Seasonal quartet, the narrative closely follows real world events. Brexit, the internment of migrants and the Coronavirus pandemic: each is woven into the fabric of Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer, lending them a keen sense of relevance. But look again at this group of genuinely novel novels, and there are countless references – from other times and other places – to artists and thinkers. Visual artists Barbara Hepworth and Tacita Dean; filmmaker Lorenza Mazzetti; writers Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare – why do they have such a profound influence on Smith’s characters? Is art simply a displacement activity, a diversion from the ‘real things’ happening in the world? Or could it be that Ali Smith’s achievement is to reveal – with her trademark nimbleness – just how important art can be in helping make sense of a stupid, shameful, schismatic world? The highly-respected Scottish novelist has teamed up with artist Sarah Wood to create a new short film made uniquely for Edinburgh. Art in a Time of Lies, directed and edited by Wood; written and narrated by Smith, will be shown today only and will not be available on-demand after the live event. After the screening, Smith talks about her writing and some of the artists who have inspired her with Festival director Nick Barley.

This is a live event, with an author Q&A. The authors are taking part remotely; if buying a ticket to watch the event in-person, you’ll watch them on a large screen in the venue. The interviewer is on stage in the venue. After the event, Ali Smith will be doing a virtual book signing via Zoom. Buy her book in our online Festival Bookshop and select 'Meet The Author' to book your place.

Categories: Art/Design/Photography, Fiction, Film/TV/Media, Scottish Fiction, Scottish Interest

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