THEY is a Science Fiction novel set on the South Downs and published in 1977. ‘They’ are an unnamed group who roam the countryside and remove all books, musical instruments and artworks from people’s homes. Although it won the SE Arts Literature prize and lots of critical praise, the Brighton-based Kay Dick’s slim novel is now almost forgotten. I found it listed on Amazon second hand with a great cover, but no way of buying it.
On Saturday December 6th live readings will be performed by actors at Foredown Tower – a former water tower on the edge of the Downs. The viewing room on the top floor gives incredible 360 degree views of the coast and downs. I’ve taught poetry up there and it is amazing, but it can be chilly so dress warm. The Tower also houses the region’s largest operational camera obscura, and you will get a chance to see it working if weather permits.
The event costs £9 inc. and that includes return transport between Brighton and Foredown Tower. The bus picks up from outside the former Municipal Market in Circus Street, Brighton (near the Pavilion) at the following times:
Event 1. 11am. Pick-up time at Circus St. 10.15am. (arrive back 1.15pm). Book via Eventbrite
Event 2. 12.30pm. Pick-up time at Circus St. 11.45am. (arrive back 2.45pm). Book via Eventbrite
Event 3. 2pm. Pick-up time at Circus St. 1.1pm Book via Eventbrite