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Robert Duncan Milne

2021 Event – Other Worlds – Real and Imagined!!

Cupar Arts would like to heartily thank everyone who attended and contributed to our special event on Saturday 30th October 2021, “Other Worlds Real and Imagined“, celebrating the life and literary works of Cupar born Robert Duncan Milne (1844 -1899) who latterly lived and wrote his published Sci-Fi stories in San Francisco.

Exhibited information and informal discussions demonstrating Milne’s creativity, inventiveness and insightful predictions from the University of Dundee, brilliantly researched and displayed by Dr Keith Williams and colleague Prof Graham Pullin, were greatly enjoyed, along with a sample of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design students’ illustrations of just some of the 60 plus Milne stories.

These were complemented by artist Kit Martin’s wonderful cyanotypes and pinhole camera workshop, and the University of St Andrews beautiful space photographs. Pictures of Old Cupar from Milne’s era, and a “magic lantern“, both from Cupar Museum, were also greatly appreciated as part of the informative and exciting visual feast.

Our finale of the day, a talk from Dr Keith Williams linking Milne’s influence and predictions with our evening screening of the 1960 film based on H.G.Wells’ “The Time Machine“, rounded off a perfect day of wonder, marvel and sheer enjoyment.

There is so much to explore and discover about this little known and fascinating Sci-Fi writer and we were delighted to play our part in bringing him further to the attention of the Cupar community, through this collaboration. We hope it will have been the first of more to come in the future. Thanks again to all who helped to make it such a wonderful and much-deserved event in recognition of Milne’s creative genius.