Dilys Rose - Thomas Aikenhead’s Tongue
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Skeptics on the Fringe presents:
Dilys Rose, novelist, short story writer, poet and librettist - Thomas Aikenhead’s Tongue
Based on her novel, Unspeakable, this is the story of her experiences venturing into historical fiction writing about the life and times of its subject, Thomas Aikenhead (1676 - 1697). He was an Edinburgh student, prosecuted and executed at the age of 20 on a charge of blasphemy and the last person in Great Britain to be executed for the 'crime'.
Dilys Rose is a novelist, short story writer, poet and librettist, and has published twelve books, most recently the novel Unspeakable (Freight, 2017), based on the life and times of Thomas Aikenhead (1676-1697), the last person in the UK to be hanged for blasphemy. She has recently completed a new collection of short stories.
She was involved in postgraduate creative writing programmes at the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde and Edinburgh for nearly twenty years, latterly as a senior lecturer and programme director, but took early retirement in July 2017 to spend more time on her own work. As well as going solo, she enjoys collaborating with visual artists, composers and scientists. Her most recent collaboration, the song cycle Watching Over You (2015), with music composed by Rory Boyle, was commissioned by Red Note for mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill.
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