Top Scottish author at St Andrews Voices talk

Janice Galloway
Janice Galloway

The celebrated Scottish author Janice Galloway will appear at a special ‘meet the author’ event at Hotel du Vin as part of the forthcoming St Andrews Voices Festival.

Janice, former winner of the Saltire Book of the Year and the American Academy of Arts and Letters E.M. Forster Award, will cover topics on stories about music and music in stories. The award winning author will discuss the musical, and specifically operatic, influences behind her latest collection of short stories ‘Jellyfish’.

Jellyfish has received rave reviews, with the Guardian describing it as ‘exquisite’ and the Independent ‘electrifying’.

In a conversation chaired by Byre Theatre artistic director Michael Downes, Janice will be joined by Dr Alan Watson.

From the University of Cardiff, Dr Watson will present a scientific exploration of the nature and properties of the human voice through sound recordings, video clips, animations and images.

Dr Watson will address diverse questions such as how the larynx produces sound, how it controls the pitch of the voice, and how the throat and mouth are manipulated to alter vocal register and quality.

The audience will be privy to Dr Watson’s insights into the human voice as he sheds the light on such mysteries as how it is possible for a singer’s voice to fill a concert hall without the use of a microphone but why this may make the words being sung harder to understand.

Dr Watson’s fascinating exhibits will include clips of the lost sound of the castrato voice and the ethereal layers of pitch and tones performed by the throat singers of the Mongolian steppes.

This unique event, the first literary presentation to feature as part of Scotland’s Festival of Vocal and Choral Music, will take place on Saturday, October 24 at 11 am.

Tickets for all St Andrews Voices events are now on sale from the Byre Theatre, telephone 01334 475000.

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