Out on 14 October 2021

Deep Wheel Orcadia

Harry Josephine Giles

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14 October 2021
9781529066609
176 pages
Synopsis

Astrid is returning home from art school on Mars, looking for inspiration. Darling is fleeing a life that never fit, searching for somewhere to hide. They meet on Deep Wheel Orcadia, a distant space station struggling for survival as the pace of change threatens to leave the community behind.

Deep Wheel Orcadia is a magical first: a science-fiction verse-novel written in the Orkney dialect. This unique adventure in minority language poetry comes with a parallel translation into playful and vivid English, so the reader will miss no nuance of the original. The rich and varied cast weaves a compelling, lyric and effortlessly readable story around place and belonging, work and economy, generation and gender politics, love and desire – all with the lightness of touch, fluency and musicality one might expect of one the most talented poets to have emerged from Scotland in recent years. Hailing from Orkney, Harry Josephine Giles is widely known as a fine poet and spellbindingly original performer of their own work; Deep Wheel Orcadia now strikes out into audacious new space.

A symphony o yotuns, peedie suns and langships tae Mars, in Deep Wheel Arcadia Harry Josephine Giles hauds the starns in the loof o his haun, terraformin new warlds in Scots. (A symphony of giants, miniature suns and longships to Mars, in DWC HJG holds the stars in the palm of his hand, terraforming new worlds in Scots.)

Matthew Fitt