Peter Fiennes - Footnotes: A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers

Beginning with Enid Blyton’s favourite holiday spot, the Isle of Purbeck, setting for many of her children’s stories, Peter Fiennes embarks on a unique exploration of Britain. He follows in the footsteps of some of our greatest writers, tracing paths recorded in their books, and looking for the country they once knew. He joins Somerville and Ross on their ascent of Snowdon; revisits the English journey of JB Priestley in the 30s and Beryl Bainbridge in the 80s, and accompanies Dickens from his house in Gad’s Hill to his final resting place in Westminster Abbey. How much has time changed us? Has it been for better, or worse? And how much does our past still inform the present and our image of ourselves? Blending travel writing, history and biography, wide-ranging and deeply personal, Footnotes is a fascinating quest to discover Britain anew.
Length - 60 mins
Tickets - £10
Date Saturday 9th November 2019
Time 3:00 PM
Doors Open 2:30 PM
Venue College Lake Visitor Centre

Footnotes_9781786076298 - crop.jpgFiennes’s fellow travellers are: Enid Blyton (Isle of Purbeck, Swanage, Weymouth); Wilkie Collins (Cornwall, Plymouth, Land’s End, Looe, St Ives); Ithell Colquhoun (Lamorna Cove); Celia Fiennes (Glastonbury, Wells, Bath, Bristol, Gloucester, Hereford); Gerald of Wales (Hereford, Hay on Wye, Newport, Cardiff, St Davids, Snowdonia); Somerville & Ross (North Wales); JB Priestley & Beryl Bainbridge (Stoke, Liverpool, Manchester, Blackpool, Bradford, Newcastle, York, Hull); Charles Dickens (Lake District, Doncaster, London); Johnson & Boswell (Edinburgh, Skye, Aberdeen).

PETER FIENNES is the author of Oak and Ash and Thorn (Oneworld) a Guardian Best Nature Book of the Year. As a publisher for Time Out, he published their city guides, as well as books about Britain’s countryside and seaside.

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‘Fiennes is the best of guides’ - JOHN WRIGHT, author of A Natural History of the Hedgerow

‘As enjoyable a guide to the relationship of writers to the landscape of Britain as one could hope to read: beautifully written, moving in its reflections, and often very funny.’ - TOM HOLLAND