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The sixtieth parallel marks a borderland between the northern and southern worlds. It also passes through Shetland, where Malachy Tallack has spent most of his life. In Sixty Degrees North, (chosen as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week) Malachy travels westward, exploring the landscapes of the parallel and the ways that people have interacted with those landscapes, highlighting themes of wildness and community, isolation and engagement, exile and memory.

This event will be chaired by writer and documentary-maker Manchán Magan. He has written books on his travels in Africa, India and South America and two novels. He writes occasionally for The Irish Times, reports on travel for various radio programmes, and has presented dozens of documentaries on issues of world culture. He lives in his oak forest in a self-made hovel in Westmeath.

“Malachy Tallack is the real deal… not just a vibrant new voice, but a wise, questioning and highly sophisticated talent.” John Burnside.

Join two fine exponents of travel writing as they discuss the literature of place.