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The Warlow Experiment - Alix Nathan

The Warlow Experiment - Alix Nathan

NOV
24
Sunday 24 November 2019
3:30pm 5:00pm
The Unitarian Church, High Street, Sy1 1LR

The Warlow Experiment - Alix Nathan

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What kind of person keeps a man underground for seven years? And who would agree to be part of such an experiment?  Herbert Powyss lives on a small estate in the Welsh Marches, with enough time and income to pursue a gentleman's fashionable cultivation of exotic plants and trees.  But he longs to make his mark in the field of science - http://www.shrewsburylitfest.co.uk/images/gallery/event-images-3/alix-nathan-1.jpegsomething consequential enough to present to the Royal Society in London.  He hits on a radical experiment in isolation: for seven years a subject will inhabit three rooms in the cellar of the manor house, fitted out with books, paintings and even a chamber organ.  Meals will arrive thrice daily via a dumbwaiter.  The solitude will be totally unrelieved by any social contact; the subject will keep a diary of his daily thoughts and actions.  The pay?  Fifty pounds per annum, for life.

Only one man is desperate enough to apply for the job: John Warlow, a semi-literate labourer with a wife and six children to provide for. The experiment, a classic Enlightenment exercise gone more than a little mad, will have unforeseen consequences for all included.

Alix Nathan was born in London and educated there and at York University where she read English and Music.  She has lived in Norwich, Munich, Philadelphia, Birkenhead and now in the Welsh Marches where, with her husband, she owns some ancient woodland.  Since 2006 she has been writing adult fiction and her short stories have been published in Ambit, The London Magazine, New Welsh Review and read on BBC Radio 4.