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INCANDESCENT: An Evening with Anna Levin

November 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

As the season approaches its darkest point, join us around the light of the bookshop’s wood-burning stove to learn about the important new book by nature writer Anna Levin, Incandescent: How Artificial Light is Damaging Our Planet, published by Saraband.

Drawing on her life-long research into the natural world and her own experience of being negatively effected by artificial light, Incandescent examines the reality of our dependence on lighting technology. From climate to our mental wellbeing, it’s time we talked about light.

In conversation with Lee Randall.

Awareness of how the natural world is affected by human-made materials and technology has never been higher. In Incandescent, Anna Levin argues that artificial light has a profound effect on people and the planet. She will discuss her new book in the bookshop with Lee Randall and there will be time set aside for audience Q&A and signing afterwards. Wine and soft drinks will be served.




Light is changing, dramatically. Our world is getting brighter – you can see it from space. But is brighter always better? Artificial light is voracious and spreading.

Vanquishing precious darkness across the planet, when we are supposed to be using less energy. The quality of light has altered as well. Technology and legislation have crushed warm incandescent lighting in favour of harsher, often glaring alternatives.

Light is fundamental – it really matters. It interacts with life in profound yet subtle ways: it tells plants which way to grow, birds where to fly and coral when to spawn. It tells each and every one of us when to sleep, wake, eat.

We mess with the eternal rhythm of dawn-day-dusk-night at our peril. But mess with it we have, and we still don’t truly understand the consequences. In Incandescent, journalist Anna Levin reveals her own fraught relationship with changes in lighting, and she explores its real impact on nature, our built environment, health and psychological well-being.

We need to talk about light, urgently. And ask the critical question: just how bright is our future?




Anna Levin is a writer with a special interest in people’s connection with the natural world, and she makes complex scientific subjects interesting and accessible to a general readership.

A former section editor with BBC Wildlife, Anna now writes for a variety of publications and environmental organisations – including eight years as a contributing editor with the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. In 2014, she collaborated with renowned wildlife photographer Laurie Campbell for the book Otters: Return to the River.

Her latest book, Incandescent, explores how artificial light is damaging our planet and our health.


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November 14, 2019
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Golden Hare Books
68 St Stephen Street
Edinburgh, Edinburgh City EH3 5AQ United Kingdom


Golden Hare Books

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