Suffolk and the Sea

Part of the Felixstowe Book Festival 2022

The book festival you can get to by boat (though you’ll need your feet as well). 

Suffolk and the Sea is a fringe event for the Felixstowe Book Festival, taking place at the Two Sisters Arts Centre, Trimley on June 25th. 

Speakers include Juliet Blaxland describing a direct experience of coastal erosion and Robert Simper observing a lifetime of change on the Suffolk coast; Jane Russell producing pilot guides to navigate the world by sea; Claudia Myatt sailing with a sketchbook, round Cape Horn and as far as Antarctica; Glenys Newton wild-swimming for wellbeing; Richard Woodman recalling a lifetime of maritime writing and service: Simon Daws describing sailing for visually impaired people and Julia Jones recalling some of the East Coast yachtsmen who volunteered to serve in WW2. Their descendants and those with connections to HMS Beehive in Felixstowe will be especially welcome at this event and should contact julia@golden-duck.co.uk for sponsored tickets.

The Sea & Suffolk - 10am

The relationship of Suffolk and the Sea has always been a shifting one. There are many lost locations off the Suffolk coast, the area of fastest coastal erosion in Europe.

This session will be introduced by Peter Wain, historian of the lost port of Goseford (near Bawdsey) and contributor to newly published research into the catastrophic storm surges that changed the shape of the Suffolk coastline in mediaeval times.  He is joined by Juliet Blaxland and Robert Simper.

Ticket price: £8 (£6 concessions)

For tickets visit https://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/events/the-sea-and-suffolk

Suffolk Connected by The Sea - 11.15am

Claudia Myatt and Jane Russell, develop an idea of the sea as a means of connection, offering people opportunities for artistic and intellectual exchange, for exploration and trade as well as invasions and warfare.

Ticket price: £8 (£6 concessions)

For tickets visit https://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/events/suffolk-connected-by-the-sea

The Healing Power of The Sea - 1pm

There are many stories of lives being taken by the sea and tragedies of being lost at sea but Glenys Newton talks of how the sea saved her life. At the beginning of March 2020  Glenys caught Covid and still lives with the consequences. 

Glenys talks about her story with the sea and the rivers and of the inspiring people that she has met along this soggy and chilly journey.

Ticket price: £8 (£6 concessions)

For tickets visit https://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/events/how-the-sea-saved-my-life-glenys-newton

Away from Suffolk by The Sea - 2.15pm

From Suffolk, the sea can lead us to the extremities of the earth. Claudia Myatt has recently returned from Antarctica where she is currently artist in residence for the Friends of the Scott Polar Institute.

Richard Woodman has spent much of his working life ensuring safe navigation round the British Isles He was a Captain in Trinity House, the corporation which was founded in the reign of Henry VIII, to attempt to make it safer to sail round the British coasts.

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions) 

For tickets visit https://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/events/away-from-suffolk-by-sea-claudia-myatt-and-richard-woodman

You Too Can Go To Sea - 3.30pm

Peter Willis, chairman of the Nancy Blackett Trust and author of Good Little Ship, will lead a session which focusses on the work of sailing trusts and sailing charities who enable people, young or old, to make their dreams reality, to discover the wide world of the sea.

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)

For tickets visit https://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/events/you-too-can-go-to-sea-peter-willis

Uncommon Courage - 4.45pm

In this book Julia Jones tells the stories of the yachtsmen volunteers of World War II, many from the East Coast, who volunteered to join the Royal Navy, from famous names such as Sir Peter Scott and Nicholas Monsarrat to ordinary sailors.

Tickets: £8 (£6 concessions)

For tickets visit https://felixstowebookfestival.co.uk/events/uncommon-courage-julia-jones

Wheelchair Accessible
Event name:
Suffolk and the Sea
Price:
Tickets for each event are £8 (£6 concessions)
Contact:
phone: 01394 279613
Opening Hours:
One off