THEY: A Sequence of Unease by Kay Dick

Sat 6 Dec 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm

Foredown Tower

A special ‘on-location’ one-off event exploring a rare Science Fiction novel, set on the South Downs. Published in 1977 and comprising a strange series of dream sequences, ‘They’ are a group of un-named cultural fascists who roam the countryside and remove all books, music scores, instruments and artworks from people’s homes. Connecting with themes explored in Fahrenheit 451, ‘They’ has been described as ‘like the best Science Fiction, … more a tract for the times than a prophesy.’ Winner of the SE Arts Literature prize, the Brighton-based Kay Dick’s slim SF novel has now been almost forgotten.

Foredown Tower was built in 1909 as a water tower for the nearby isolation hospital. Beautifully converted, its viewing room on the top floo rgives outstanding 360o views of the coast and downs. It also houses the region’s largest operational camera obscura, a unique optical device that is used to observe the surrounding landscape, sun and sky.

Presented in partnership with Portslade Adult Learning at Foredown Tower, this special event explores the landscape of the downs as a site of invasion and menace. It considers the intensely cinematic ‘They ‘as a kind of imaginary film and features live readings from the novel by the actor Hugh Ross, a talk by Graham Duff weather permitting – a demonstration of the camera obscura by Adrian Woodward.