Richard Dawkins to launch inaugural St Andrews literary festival

Richard Dawkins, who will launch the inaugural St Andrews Literary Festival.
Richard Dawkins, who will launch the inaugural St Andrews Literary Festival.

Scientist and bestselling writer Richard Dawkins - the crusading face of atheism - will be appearing in St Andrews in September.

It will be the launch event for bookshop Topping and Company’s inaugural Autumn Literary Festival.

The evening of readings and conversations at the Younger Hall on September 16 will find Dawkins discussing the second and final part of his memoirs, ‘Brief Candle in the Dark’.

An atheist and a patron of the British Humanist Association, Dawkins is well known for his criticism of creationism and intelligent design.

He first catapulted to fame with ‘The Selfish Gene’ in 1976, which he followed with a string of prestigious books.

In his memoir, Dawkins delves into an intellectual life spent kick-starting new conversations about science, culture and religion and writing one of the most controversial and widely read books of the 20th century, ‘The God Delusion’.

The title of ‘Brief Candle in the Dark’ comes from Carl Sagan’s description of true science in the face of superstition and pseudoscience and the book charts a formidable career in laboratories, the field and in print dedicated to the skepticism, doubt and critical thinking of the former over the wish-thinking of the latter.

For more details see Topping and Company