Browse through the Netflix home page and it soon becomes clear that the future isn't always bright. Shows such as The Last of Us, The Handmaid's Tale, Squid Game and other nightmarish visions reveal a fascination with dystopian fiction. But why are we drawn to these dark tales of breakdown, destruction and despair?
About our speaker:
Susan Watkins, Professor of Women's Writing at Leeds Beckett University has a special interest in dystopia, apocalyptic fiction, ageing and the future – through her own research and her teaching in Alienation and Dystopia.
Joining us for Openhouse, Susan explores our obsession with dystopia and what it can tell us about ourselves and the world we live in.
It could get dark.
Wednesday 7th June 2023
Arrive 6.00pm for 6.30pm start, 8.30pm finish
Northern Monk Chapter Hall (aka top floor)
Pay-as-you-feel donation, suggested amount £4-6. We know that this might not be possible for everyone though so please just give what you can, and if you need a free ticket then please message us on Instagram @openhousethompson - no questions asked.
All donations will be split between St Nicholas Hospice Care, Bury St Edmonds and St George's Crypt, less 2% Eventbrite donation processing charge. Susan is also kindly donating her fee to the same charities. We should all #BeMoreSusan
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OpenHouse is a creative event series designed to fill your heads with new ideas, points of view and inspiration. It is the brainchild of branding agency/BCorp/lovely people Thompson. Openhouse was established some 6-7 years ago now (seriously, time escapes us) and we've welcomed speakers as diverse as astrophysicists, brewers and innovators.