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Hay Festival is an iconic summer event in the UK, and the University of Cambridge’s tenth anniversary association with the festival. This year I am here with Clive Wilkins to discuss The Moustachio Quartet, which explores memory and perspective-taking. He is artist-in-residence in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, a unique position established for Clive and held for the past six years.
Clive integrates and interweaves disparate sources of knowledge to examine the manner in which we reflect upon our memories and plan for the future. The novels are very visual, as befitting a writer who began life as a fine artist; essentially Wilkins paints with words in a way that creates a screenplay that runs through the mind. The way in which the books are structured cleverly engages the reader in the act of mental time travel; the reader becomes as an active protagonist in the action, the fifth key character in the quartet and the adjudicator of the story. Clearly he understands the psychology and phenomenology of mental time travel. The novels inspect the world imaginatively; insistent to see what might lie beyond the shackles of conventional thinking. It’s a remarkable piece of eloquent scholarship.
During the question and answer session, members of the audience admitted to being spell bound by the demonstration of stage magic, which showed how perception and memory can be altered in the moment, and how such effects can be so visual and emotional. The audience were intrigued by the idea that The Moustachio Quartet might be capable of playing with peoples’ responses in a similar way, and that the psychological effects described throughout the series could be enacted in the real world.
Thirty years ago, Stephen Hawking published A Brief History of Time, Steve Jobs unveiled the NeXT Computer, and Die Hard hit cinemas for the first time. The World Wide Web had not yet been invented.
A lot can change in a few short decades, whether guided by advances in science and technology or by changing ideas and politics. Ahead of the 2018 Hay Festival, WIRED asked 15 leading writers and thinkers to answer one question: Which innovation will most change the way we live by 2050?
Their responses – which range from driverless cars to neural implants, plus a rather unexpected bet on the return of snail mail can be seen at:
In the green room relaxing after the event
Clive reading an extract from his newly published novel Eissenstrom
In the Hay Festival Bookshop
Back in the green room~ demonstrating aspects of mental time travel
The Brochure 2018
The Talk details
Nicky and Clive in the Green room before their talk
Nicky in conversation with Paul Greatbatch at the British Council Party
Paul Greatbatch and Clive in the Richard Booth bookstore
~The Art of Fine Words
Scientist & Dancer
Artist & Writer
~The subjective experience of thinking