Deep Wheel Orcadia is, effortlessly, a first: a science-fiction verse-novel written in the Orcadian dialect, it's also the first full-length book in the Orkney language in over 50 years.
Harry Josephine Giles is a writer and performer from Orkney, living in Edinburgh. Their collection Tonguit was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, and The Games for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award and Saltire Prize for Best Collection. They have a strong spoken word scene presence - they were the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion, and their theatre has also toured globally, including Forest Fringe (UK), NTI (Latvia), Verb Festival (Aotearoa) and Teszt (Romania).
A symphony o yotuns, peedie suns and langships tae Mars, in Deep
Wheel Orcadia Harry Josephine Giles hauds the starns in the loof o
thier haun, terraformin new warlds in Scots. (A symphony of
giants, miniature suns and longships to Mars, in Deep Wheel Orcadia
Harry Josephine Giles holds the stars in the palm of their hand,
terraforming new worlds in Scots.) * Matthew Fitt *
Deep Wheel Orcadia is a mysterious and moving novel in verse about finding home in the farthest reaches. Giles lifts us to new worlds, in space and in language, we could never have imagined. A singular and numinous work -- Morgan M Page * author of One From the Vaults *
I can't remember the last time I was this beguiled, this engrossed and this inspired by a book. It's like nothing else I've ever read. It was a joy to feel so entranced by the possibilities and complexities of each and every word. Harry Josephine Giles is a true original and a vital voice - don't miss this. -- Kirsty Logan * author of The Gracekeepers *