Philip Hoare is obsessed with the sea.He swims in it every day – winter and summer.In his talk, The Ocean’s Skin, drawing on his new book, RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR, he looks at the way we humans relate to the sea’s natural history – its whales, its birds, its tides, its myths.
Melville called it ‘the ocean’s skin’.The sea is our future.But what kind of future does it hold?
Philip Hoare’s book Leviathan or, The Whale won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. It was followed in 2013 by The Sea Inside.His new book, RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR is published by 4th Estate and has been acclaimed as ‘a masterpiece’ by The Observer.
He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Southampton, UK, and curator of the Moby-Dick Big Read, www.mobydickbigread.com.It has received 6 million hits to date.