Seized by the Left Hand – Set of 3

Dundee Contemporary Arts

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About the publication

This new trio of chapbooks has been published on the occasion of the exhibition Seized by the Left Hand at Dundee Contemporary Arts, an international group exhibition which takes as its starting point some of the ideas contained within American writer Ursula K. Le Guin's 1969 novel The Left Hand of Darkness.

It would be impossible to undertake a project inspired by Le Guin without championing new forms of writing, poetry and storytelling and we are thrilled to be able to publish these three chapbooks containing texts by CAConrad, Huw Lemmey and Tuesday Smillie and an introduction in each by Eoin Dara and Kim McAleese.

CAConrad’s powerful text weaves prose and poetry together to articulate a compelling position of resistance to binary states within capitalism and patriarchy.

Huw Lemmey has written a beautiful text about travelling with stories and how we might use Le Guin’s feminist writing on the origins of fiction to delve into our own minds and learn about ourselves.

Tuesday Smillie’s razor-sharp essay embarks on a close analytical reading of The Left Hand of Darkness from a contemporary transfeminist position.

Chapbooks are also available to buy individually for £5 each:


Date December 2019
Edition of 400
Design Valerie Norris
ISBN 978-1-9993223-6-6 / 978-1-9993223-7-3 / 978-1-9993223-5-9
Dimensions 19.7 x 12.8cm (portrait)
Pages 32pp each