Writers in Conversation - Philip Hoare

04 December, 2017

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Writers in Conversation features some of today’s best fiction writers, poets, non-fiction writers and playwrights reading from their work and talking about their writing lifestyle - how characters take shape and where ideas come from. Led by creative writing lecturers at the University of Southampton, the event takes place in Nuffield Kitchen, helping to create an evening that is relaxed, engaging and intelligent, yet informal.

Renowned Southampton writer and University of Southampton professor Philip Hoare will read from and discuss his new book, RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR, as part of the Writers in Conversation series.

This book, by the author of Leviathan, or, The Whale, is a composite portrait of the subtle, beautiful, inspired and demented ways in which we have come to terms with our watery planet.

In the third of his watery books, Hoare goes in pursuit of human and animal stories of the sea. Along the way, he encounters drowned poets and eccentric artists, modernist writers and era-defining performers, wild utopians and national heroes – famous or infamous, they are all surprisingly, and sometimes fatally, linked to the sea.

University of Southampton Professor Philip Hoare was born and brought up in Southampton, where he still lives.  Winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize in 2009 for Leviathan Or, The Whale, he is the author of eight work of non-fiction, including biographies of Stephen Tennant and Noel Coward, Wilde's Last Stand, and Spike Island: The Memory of a Military Hospital. His work for the BBC includes Travels with Pevsner: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Arena: The Hunt for Moby-Dick.  He is co-curator of the Moby Dick Big Read, a free, online rendition of Melville's novel, with readings by Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry, and David Attenborough, amongst others. He teaches creative writing at the university.