Jonathan Swift at 350: lost and found

Jonathan Swift at 350: lost and found | University of Dundee

Gulliver! A Fantastical Pantomime

Written and performed by Playing Small Parts, this highly irreverent and topical retelling of Gulliver’s Travels is a fantastical feast for adults and children of all ages. Who will Gulliver meet on his wondrous voyages around the world? You decide!

Gulliver’s Travels: Lost and Found (exhibition and drop-in sessions)

Dundee Central Library will have a special exhibition of rare and unusual copies of Gulliver’s Travels, including beautifully illustrated French translations, Doctor Who spin-offs, and quirky abridgements by famous authors such as Enid Blyton. Alongside the exhibition the library will host various family friendly activities, including read-along sessions and a “drop-in pop-up book surgery” with local experts – together we will make pop-up versions of your favourite novels! In association with Leisure & Culture Dundee.

Swift at 350: The Graphic Anthology

Join us for the book launch of Swift at 350: The Graphic Anthology, featuring the work of local artists and competition winners. Meet the artists and learn more about the process of bringing ideas to life in the comics form. Wine and nibbles provided. Details about the competitions, which will run during the festival, will be available on the Dundee Comics Creative Space website.

The 3 Worlds of Gulliver

Join us for an illustrated talk on the history of “trick shots” in the cinema, and a screening of the 1960 film The 3 Worlds of Gulliver – back on the big screen, where it belongs. Ray Harryhausen’s stunning visual effects and Bernard Herrmann’s rousing score brings Jonathan Swift’s satirical work to life in an unforgettable adaptation. Directed by Jack Sher, and starring Kerwin Mathews as the titular character, June Thorburn as his fiancée Elizabeth, and child actor Sherry Alberoni as Glumdalclitch. Running time 1hr38m. Rated U.

The Imaginarium

Join us for a unique expo of outrageous thought experiments brought to life – as inspired by Swift’s fantastical mock-academy at Lagado. What is the Google brain doing to our imagination? Are lie detectors always honest? Includes talks by Dame Sue Black and other leading experts in the arts and sciences, as well as “pop-up” activities and performances for the whole family, such as the use of a mini green-screen film studio!

Gulliver’s Worlds

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a giant? Would you like to know what it would be like to become microscopic? Explore lots of exciting and different ways to view the world and the environments around us at Dundee Science Festival 2017. Featuring special guests. Suitable for all ages.

Telling Tall Tales (creative writing session)

This highly innovative creative writing workshop will look at the history of telling “tall tales” before we collectively spin our own yarns fit for the social-media generation. Our daily lives are filled with fictions large and small – nowhere more so than in our online presences. Who will you be today? Suitable for all ages. No creative writing experience required. Hosted by popular local playwright and tutor Eddie Small.