David Farrier

Footprints

County Buildings
In person event
Mon 27 Sep
10:00 UK
£9.00

What will the world look like ten thousand or ten million years from now? Award-winning author David Farrier explores the traces we will leave for the very distant future. What will remain of our civilization as centuries and millennia roll past? From long-lived materials like plastic and nuclear waste, to the 50 million kilometres of roads spanning the planet, in modern times we have created numerous objects and landscapes with the potential to endure through deep time. Our carbon could linger in the atmosphere for 100,000 years, and the remains of our cities will still exist millions of years from now as a layer in the rock. These future fossils have the potential to tell remarkable stories about how we lived in the twenty-first century. Blurring the boundaries between literature, art and science, Footprints invites us to think about how we will be remembered in the myths, stories, and languages of our distant descendants. Travelling from the Baltic Sea to the Great Barrier Reef, and from an ice core laboratory in Tasmania to Shanghai, one of the world’s biggest cities, David Farrier tells a story of a world that is changing rapidly, and with long-term consequences.

About the author: David Farrier teaches at the University of Edinburgh. In 2017, Footprints won the Royal Society of Literature's Giles St Aubyn Award for Non-Fiction. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland

Footprints is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop HERE

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