Words Nights welcomes two novelists whose writing is shaped by the sea and our responses to it. Lucy Wood and Ben Smith will read from their work and discuss the influence of the elements on their writing.
Ben Smith lives in Cornwall and is a lecturer in creative writing at Plymouth University, specialising in environmental literature and focusing particularly on oceans and climate change. 'Doggerland', his first novel published by 4th Estate Books to great acclaim earlier this month, is set in the near future and tells the story of a young man tasked with repairing turbines on a vast wind farm in the sea.
Lucy Wood is the critically acclaimed author of the short story collections 'Diving Belles' and 'The Sing of the Shore' – both steeped in the Cornish landscape – and 'Weathering', a debut novel. She has been long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize, and was runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Award. She has also received a Betty Trask Award, a Somerset Maugham Award and the Holyer an Gof Award. 'Weathering' was named as one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2016.
Free admission, all welcome. CAST Café food from 6pm, something hot and something sweet from £7.50. The reading will begin at 7pm.
Word Nights is an occasional series of literary evenings programmed by Colin Midson, Creative Director of Port Eliot Festival.