ED2011 Book Reviews

Ian Thompson – Jules Verne, Lover Of Scotland

By | Published on Saturday 20 August 2011

How much did Scotland influence the second-most translated author in the world? The answer is an awful lot. Professor Ian Thompson related, in a slightly disjointed manner, the details of two trips Jules Verne made to Scotland at opposing ends of his career. Interestingly, or embarrassingly from our modern-day point of view, Verne was able to travel easily from Glasgow to Edinburgh, stopping in Oban, Mull, Iona and Staffa, using only public transport, in just two days. While perhaps most suited to audience members with a vast knowledge of the Scottish land and cityscapes, this was nevertheless an interesting and informative talk by a renowned academic, who shares more than a few traits with the great Jules Verne.

RBS Corner Theatre, Aug 17, 10.30am (11.30am), £5.00 – £7.00, bfpp18.