Deep Wheel Orcadia

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Deep Wheel Orcadia is a science-fiction novul bi Harry Josephine Giles. It is a verse novul wrate in the Orcadian byleid o the Scots leid alang wi an Inglis owersettin. The beuk won the 2022 Arthur C. Clarke award. It wis furthset bi Picador Poetry in 2021.[1]

Wey o writin[eedit | eedit soorce]

The beuk is wrate in Orcadian verse, wi an Inglis owersettin gien in smaller text.[2] Owersettins fur Orcadian wirds gie sindry possible Inglis wirds in a mellt wird.[3] The Inglis owersettins wis pit in ae wey tae gie tent tae the Orcadian, a technique also uised bi Gaelic makar Rody Gorman.[2]

Awards[eedit | eedit soorce]

The beuk wis on the langleet fur the Highland Book Prize, but wis taen oot bi Giles acause o the lack o minority representation.[4] Deep Wheel Orcadia wis the ae wark widrawn.[5]

In 2022, Deep Wheel Orcadia won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, whaur it wis gien mense fur its writin an uiss o leid.[6]

Reception[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Guardian cried the beuk "a book of astonishments".[7] Monika Armet, scrievin for The Orkney News fund guid comparison atween elements o the story an life on Orkney, siclik bad internet speeds, but felt the endin wis unsatisfyin an the cast leet ower lang.[8]

The Scotsman sayed the beuk "lacked direction" an wis heichly critical o the uiss o Orcadian, cryin it unrealistic.[3]

The heid o the judges fur the Arthur C. Clarke Award descrieved the beuk as "“the sort of book that makes you rethink what science fiction can do and makes the reading experience feel strange in a new and thrilling way. It’s as if language itself becomes the book’s hero and the genre is all the richer for it.”[6]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Fitzpatrick, Cat (15 November 2021). "Deep Wheel Orcadia by Harry Josephine Giles". Strange Horizons (in Inglis). Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  2. a b Richardson, Michael Lee. "Harry Josephine Giles on Orkney Sci-Fi Deep Wheel Orcadia: The Skinny". (in Inglis). Retrieved 28 October 2022.
  3. a b Kelly, Stuart (15 October 2021). "Book review: Deep Wheel Orcadia, by Harry Josephine Giles". The Scotsman (in Inglis). Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  4. Merritt, Mike (10 Januar 2022). "Author Harry Josephine Giles pulls novel from Highland Book Prize in protest against all-white shortlists". The Times (in Inglis). Retrieved 27 October 2022.
  5. Smith, Reiss (28 Apryle 2022). "Author on 'horrible' reality of trans folk having to fund each other's healthcare". PinkNews. Retrieved 29 October 2022.
  6. a b Shaffi, Sarah (26 October 2022). "Arthur C Clarke award goes to 'thrilling' verse novel by Harry Josephine Giles". the Guardian (in Inglis). Retrieved 28 October 2022.
  7. Sampson, Fiona (1 October 2021). "The best recent poetry – review roundup". the Guardian (in Inglis). Retrieved 30 October 2022.
  8. Armet, Monika (26 October 2022). "'Deep Wheel Orcadia' by Harry Josephine Giles Wins Top Science Fiction Award". The Orkney News. Retrieved 30 October 2022.