Sea Fever 5 Schedule of Events and Billing
Auditorium - Friday June 25
The Arab Conquests
Widely acclaimed historian, journalist and travel writer Justin Marozzi lifts the cover on his latest book, The Arab Conquests.
Pilgrimage: Journeys of Meaning.
The writer, editor, journalist and presenter Peter Stanford discusses his new book. What a tempting prospect of travel….!
The Manningtree Witches
AK Blakemore burst onto the literary scene with two remarkable poetry collections. These she has just trumped with a widely acclaimed debut novel, set close to the water, not all that far from here…...
South African anti-apartheid activist, former political prisoner, educationalist, poet and writer previews his latest collection of poems.
Justin Marozzi and guests
Eugen Sandow, Iron Menand The Magnificent Mrs Tennant
Justin Marozzi presides over a series of tributes to his friend David Waller, who did so much for Sea Fever.
Auditorium - Saturday June 26
Schools’ poetry competition
This perennially popular event focuses this year on fishermen and fishing.
Professor Jon Cook, Jonty Driver, Louise Aston
Heart of Darkness - a tract for our times
Though published more than 120 years ago, Joseph Conrad’s masterly novella on racism and imperialism is as pertinent today as when it first appeared. Stalwarts Jonty Driver and Jon Cook debate Conrad and his work with mental health campaigner Louise Aston.
Professor Bart van Es
The Cut Out Girl: A Story of War and Family, Lost and Found
Costa prize-winner Bart van Es discusses his best-seller. ‘The Cut Out Girl braids together a powerful recreation of Lien's intensely harrowing childhood story with the present-day account of Bart's efforts to piece that story together.’
Professor Patrick Barwise and Sarah Sands
The War Against the BBC
With the BBC once again in the spotlight, Professor Barwise’s new book (co-authored with Peter York) could hardly be more timely. Sarah Sands, former editor of Today, asks the questions.
John Scarlett KCMG OBE and Nick Trend
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The former spymaster discusses spies and spying in fact and fiction with Daily Telegraph journalist Nick Trend.
Kiln Room - Saturday June 26
Walking close behind - the poetry of Andrew Jordan
Southampton based but born and bred in Wells, Andrew is a prolific poet with a highly distinctive voice. Writes the poet and critic Jeremy Hooker, ‘He does not depict appearances but the forces that shape them and the possibilities they contain.’ Now hear more.
Dorien has both written and illustrated this dazzling debut. One of her publisher’s lead children’s books for the year, she ‘beckons us to climb aboard and discover the courage, grit, and resilience that resides within us all.’
Laura Scott and Briony Bax
So Many Rooms
Laura’s first collection was the winner last year of both the East Anglian Book and Seamus Heaney prizes. Laura explores her remarkable debut with the editor of Ambit, Briony Bax.
White Queen’s Last Stand
This is Sally’s very latest - sixth – collection of poems. It focusses on the life and work of sculptor, Germaine Richier (1902-59), and the intriguing background that inspired it.