13 November, 19:30. Summerhall – Red Lecture Theatre, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL. 7:30 doors for 8pm start. £5/£4 concessions
MacGillivray has walked in a straight line with a dead wolf on her shoulders through the back streets of Vegas into the Nevada desert, eaten broken chandelier glass in a derelict East German shopping mall, headbanged in gold medieval stocks in Birmingham allotments, burnt on a sunbed wearing conquistador armour in Edinburgh’s underground city, breast-fed a Highland swan in Oxford and regurgitated red roses in Greenland.
She remains clan chief.
David Keenan is an author and critic based in Glasgow.
For the past 19 years he has been a contributor to The Wire magazine. His writing has also appeared in Mojo, Uncut, NME, Melody Maker, The Sunday Herald, Opprobrium, Ugly Things, The Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal and Firm ‘n’ Fruity.
Between 2004 and 2014 he was co-director of Volcanic Tongue, a shop, mail order service and weekly online newsletter that was dedicated to boosting new underground sounds.
He is the author of England’s Hidden Reverse, a secret history of the UK’s post-Industrial music scene via Coil, Nurse With Wound and Current 93, republished in 2015 in an expanded edition by Strange Attractor Press.
Strange Attractor will also publish his debut novel, The Comfort Of Women, in early 2016, which he will be reading from tonight.
Annie Higgen is a Glasgow-based poet and sound artist.
Previously working as a singer-songwriter, she gradually moved to poetry and more experimental sound art and finished her MA in Poetic Practice at Royal Holloway in 2014.
Annie likes to write about politics, social issues, and our strange and wonderful virtual lives. She has exhibited her sound works in galleries in Glasgow and Edinburgh and also contributed to the CCA’s temporary radio station Radiophrenia in April 2015.
Her latest project is a year-long poetry blog based on the Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Poetry.
Ciaran Healy is a philosopher.
For 20 years he has been investigating possibilities for changing human nature. His work contains elements from neuroscience, anthropology, evolutionary theory and Western and Eastern philosophy.
It is based on the idea that powerful change that people can trigger inside themselves can spread peer-to-peer through communication networks, and this opens up a new and undefended angle from which to spark global revolution.
In 2014 he was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal Society of Arts.