For six thousand years after the last Ice Age, Scotland was home to bands of hunter-gatherers. They left little trace, but one event is known to have occurred. Around 6150 BC a tsunami hit Scotland. This is the catalyst for the plot of Margaret Elphinstone's latest novel, ‘The Gathering Night'. An inspired evocation of life among Mesolithic people, living in harmony with their environment, her novel provides an ecological parable for our planet today. Margaret Elphinstone, now living again in the Stewartry where her writing career began, researched hunter-gatherer communities across the world and studied their crafts and skills, some still surviving: she even built her own coracle. She was formerly Professor of Writing at Strathclyde University. Tom Pow is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Crichton University Campus.
Margaret will be signing copies of ‘The Gathering Night' after the talk.
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