Pioneering literary star and advocate Robert Macfarlane and Radiohead's artist in residence Stanley Donwood will discuss their collaboration on new book Ness, described as Gawain and The Green Knight for the Atomic age, with readings from acclaimed actor Stephen Dillane.
In Home Truths, essayists Joanna Pocock and Jon Day will explore the worlds both local and distant conjured and conjoined in their acclaimed new books, respectively Surrender and Homing. From the vastness of Montana to the streets, parks and waterways of east London, they will tease out the myriad threads of being from which we weave a sense of enduring and viable identity.
In his new book The Great Flood, the award-winning investigative writer of Leadville Edward Platt, takes as his point of departure the record-breaking waters of 2013-14. With engaged cultural and social historian Ken Worpole, who has written extensively on Eastern England and also on the 1953 disaster, they will discuss the challenge of the tides and the realities we will be increasingly facing.
In Culture Declares Emergency with Dan Harvey discusses the growing Culture Declares Emergency movement about how artistic practice can both inform and inspire collective creative and transformational action.
Author Julia Blackburn and artist Jayne Ivimey will soar with the birds - in print and paint in conversation about their book Bird by Bird, and Tom Bailey’s extraordinary award-winning performance Vigil will remind us how they are not free of threat.
There will be an impressive programme of films during the festival. The screening of Magda’s Boy will see the East of England premiere of a new film about the life and work of Norfolk-based poet George Szirtes. The award-garlanded writer and translator’s latest book, The Photographer at Sixteen, is a memoir about his mother, Magda, a Hungarian photographer whose short but remarkable life encompassed global conflict, concentration camps, escape with her family from the communist bloc in 1956 and exile into English suburbia. In Magda’s Boy, filmmaker Anthony Wilks traces the stories, poems and photographs behind the memoir. The 40-minute film will be introduced by Szirtes and Wilks.
Bill Jackson’s new film Man of Stones about Suffolk sculptor Laurence Edwards will also have its premier at FlipSide and throughout the day the festival will be screening films from Britain on Film on Tour, specially crafted film programmes of archive films including Welcome to Britain, Coast and Sea and Rural Life.
The film programme will conclude with Apotheosis - John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s experimental film shot in 1969 from a hot air balloon, on a snowy day in Lavenham, Suffolk – film as landscape art….
Suffolk's own maestro musician Laura Cannell together with fellow musician/composer Polly Wright will dream the county into sonic being with conversation about their new work Sing as the Crow Flies and a live performance of songs from the album will close the festival.