Special Guest in Conversation

Eliot’s writing of The Waste Land arose out of a background of global uncertainty (the end of WW1, the Spanish flu pandemic, etc.) and our world today shares a similar sense of uncertainty (the Covid pandemic, climate crisis, Russia’s attack on Ukraine). Writer and journalist, Gavin Esler, discusses the challenges we face today.

A series of conversations with writers and artists across the festival exploring themes from The Waste Land that offer a contemporary resonance such as landscape, mechanisation, gender-fluidity, ecology, pollution, women’s rights, the power of myth and mental health and well-being.


Gavin Esler

Gavin Esler


St. Magnus the Martyr

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