Author Talk with Jules Pretty talking about Sea Sagas of the North
2nd November 2022, 6pm
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Author event includes hardback, signed copy of the book and a welcome drink.
Sea Sagas of the North: Travels and Tales at Warming Waters
There are shadows on this shining sea. Fish cities have shrunk to hamlets, old
ports have gone and harbours are full of warming water. An Arctic author asks, how do you say goodbye to a glacier? A burnished skipper, four score years of staring at horizons, leans across the table and says, you know, we were more tolerant in those days, when we sailed and steamed and brought home stories.
Sea Sagas of the North interweaves prose chapters and alliterative sagas. Each
chapter tells of travels across shores, seas and islands. Each saga tells of tales and
times from across the ages. This is the territory of sagas, the Norse and AngloSaxon gods of old, the mythic era of Viking expansion by clinkered longship. It was
when dragons protected people by hiding gold and silver hoards. These crossing
tales and sagas begin at Iceland, take in the Lofoten Isles, travel to Sjælland in
Denmark and the eastern shore of England, to the north lands of deepwater ports
and holy shores of Lindisfarne, and then to isles of Shetland, St Kilda, and the
Faroes, completing the circle back at Iceland’s fire and ice. The book concludes with the saga of the Drowning of Doggerland, how the once dry steppe was flooded by the warming seas, making the people of the plains into refugees. These are times when new stories might be needed, as the growing global crises wash at shores.
This event will be held downstairs at Red Lion Books which is regrettably not accessible to wheelchair users. If bookings exceed available space, this event may be moved offsite and incur a small, additional charge