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Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin (PG*) + ScreenTalk

New Suns: A Feminist Literary Festival

Worlds of Ursula K Le Guin

A decade in the making, this film explores the remarkable life and legacy of the late feminist author Ursula K Le Guin.

Best known for ground-breaking science fiction and fantasy works such as The DispossessedUrsula K Le Guin defiantly held her ground on the margin of ‘respectable’ literature until the sheer excellence of her work, at long last, forced the mainstream to embrace fantastic literature.

In rare to-camera interviews with the author, the film describes the full arc of her career – from young, struggling writer to venerable anti-capitalist National Book Award winner – while a series of stunning animations bring to life her imagined worlds and fellow writers reflect on her achievements.

After the screening, Pat Cadigan and So Mayer  discuss the themes of language, especially oral literature – myth, folklore, fables and power – and power in Ursula K Le Guin’s mythopoesis.


Canada/US 2018 Dir Arwen Curry 65 min Digital presentation

* = Locally classified by the City of London Corporation

Pat Cadigan, author of Synners, has won the Locus Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Hugo Award, and the Seiun Award. She was identified as one of the original cyberpunk SF writers. In the mid-1990s, she moved to London, where she still lives with her husband, the Original Chris Fowler. She has written twenty books, including one YA, two nonfiction, and several movie novelisations/media tie-ins

So Mayer is a writer and activist. They are the author of Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema (2015), and poetry collections including (O) (2015) and the forthcoming jacked a kaddish (Litmus, 2018). They work with queer feminist film curators Club des Femmes and campaigners Raising Films. 

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