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Lucy Wood & Ben Smith in conversation

  • The Cornish Bakery, 15 High St, Sidmouth, EX10 8LN (map)

Join novelist Lucy Wood and debut author Ben Smith in conversation on how their work responds to the ocean, past present and future. A collaboration with Sidmouth Seafest.

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Lucy Wood is the author of the critically acclaimed collections of stories based on coastal and Cornish folklore’ Diving Belles and now The Sing of the Shore. She is the winner of the Somerset Maugham Award, has been longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize, shortlisted for the Edge Hill Prize and was a runner-up in the BBC National Short Story Award.

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Ben Smith's Doggerland is a superbly gripping debut novel about loneliness and hope, nature and survival – set on an off-shore windfarm in the not-so-distant future.

The Boy, who is no longer really a boy, and the Old Man, whose age is unguessable, are charged with its maintenance. They carry out their never-ending work as the waves roll, dragging strange shoals of flotsam through the turbine fields. Land is only a memory.

So too is the Boy’s father, who worked on the turbines before him, and disappeared.

The Boy has been sent by the Company to take his place, but the question of where he went and why is one for which the Old Man will give no answer.

‘Heart-thumping miniature thrillers. There’s an uncanny, delicate quality to much of Wood’s prose that belies how difficult this kind of writing is to pull off’

The Guardian 

‘The Road meets Waiting for Godot. Powerful, unforgettable, unique’

Melissa Harrison 

Free event but please call to reserve a seat and buy a drink or snack to support the venue.

The Cornish Bakery 15 High St (opposite Winstone’s)