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Launch of Lost Eden: a collaborative ‘quartet of quartets’

21/02/2023 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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This event has been rescheduled from last year. Paid tickets are still valid, but if you booked a free ticket, please do so again. If you have any questions, please email

SWC-Lost Eden-21022023Please join us for the Launch of ‘Lost Eden ’(Zagava Press) a collaborative ‘quartet of quartets’ co-written with Margaret Elphinstone, Mandy Haggith, Douglas Thompson and D.P. Watt.

The book consists of a ‘quartet of quartets’ on the theme of the formal garden as a metaphor for human civilisation. Each quartet is written by a different writer, who explores the same theme in their own way.

” By adopting a four-part structure authored by four different writers, the book echoes the design of a parterre or ‘charbagh’ garden, becoming a geometric literary expression of the inter-relationship between nature and humanity. Lost Eden addresses the challenges the human creature faces in governing itself and its underlying animal nature in relation to what Immanuel Kant meant by “the starry sky above me and the moral law within”.

The metaphor of a ‘remembered’ time when humans lived in harmony with nature is shared by most religions and creation-myths the world over. The specific concept of ‘Eden‘ is common to the three major monotheistic religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, in the sense of a lost green idyll bisected by four rivers including the Euphrates and the Tigris.

In our current environmental emergency, the practical challenges and changes humanity now face are widely acknowledged. As writers, we also consider the philosophical and cultural questions of how our species should relate to our planet in our thoughts and actions. A long history, culminating in the nineteenth century industrial age, set humanity on a path of conflict with nature. We now inhabit a zeitgeist predicated on endless economic ‘growth’ and accumulation of capital which is rapidly leading us to an environmental tipping point.

In Lost Eden four contemporary writers use the medium of fiction to consider how the children of Adam and Eve have failed, but may yet succeed again, in their potential role as guardians and keepers of the Earth. ”

Lost Eden is available here.

Event Date: Tuesday 21th February 2022

Time: 7 PM

Tickets: £0-£5 PWYC

Location: CCA Clubroom and Zoom

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Scottish Writers Centre
0141 352 4900


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Glasgow, G2 3JD United Kingdom
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