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Jul 23, 2024 7:00 PM

Reading Group: 'Ness' by Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood

Welcome to our online reading and discussion group! The AiNA reading group meets every two months online, for a 1 hour discussion of a text that help us think about the complexities of living in the nuclear age. We read fiction, non-fiction, poetry and more. Please join us!

Reading Group: discussing 'Ness' by Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood

About the book:

This book responds to Orford Ness, the site of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment.

"Somewhere on a salt-and-shingle island, inside a ruined concrete structure known as The Green Chapel, a figure called The Armourer is leading a ritual with terrible intent.

But something is coming to stop him.

Five more-than-human forms are traversing land, sea and time towards The Green Chapel, moving to the point where they will converge and become Ness. Ness has lichen skin and willow-bones. Ness is made of tidal drift, green moss and deep time. Ness has hagstones for eyes and speaks only in birds. And Ness has come to take this island back.

What happens when land comes to life? What would it take for land to need to come to life? Using word and image, Robert Macfarlane and Stanley Donwood have together made a minor modern myth. Part-novella, part-prose-poem, part-mystery play, in Ness their skills combine to dazzling, troubling effect."

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