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CANCELLED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES Fishy Business: Humanity and the Oceans

27th May 2016
Venue: St Peter's Church, Oundle PE8 4AL
Time: 7.45 - 8.45pm

Come and hear writer Alec Connon talk about his new book, The Activist, and discover what inspired him to write it.
 
It has been predicted that if current fishing trends continue every commercial fishery in the world could collapse by 2048. Join us for an evening with author of ocean-based adventure novel, The Activist, Alec Connon, to discuss how the compromised state of the planet's oceans compelled him to pick up his pen and create a character that is fighting to solve some of the most controversial and complex problems facing the oceans today.
 
The book follows the journey of Thomas who unfulfilled by university decides to explore the world, from his first tentative steps into the life of an activist in Vancouver, to his battles with a Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean. An ecological thriller, The Activist will shock and inspire anyone with an interest in marine life, conservation and the splendour of the natural world. Over several years his travels take him to four continents and almost a dozen countries, but it isn't until he goes scuba diving and falls in love with the oceans that he finds his calling in life.
 
Travelling from the rain battered streets of Glasgow to Caribbean beaches and the icy shores of Antarctica, we follow one young man's struggle to come to terms with the degradation of the world's ocean before he ultimately decided to risk everything to try and save them.
 
'Alec Connon's extraordinary adventures into the world of the whale epitomise the vast disconnect between the human and natural world. In this heartfelt novel, he explores the outer edges of the world which we have dominated, and the price it has had to pay for that domination. In picaresque episodes which are by turns funny, tragic and deeply moving, Connon addresses, in a highly personal and evocative manner, the ways by which we might make amends for what we have done'.  Philip Hoare,winner of the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson prize and author of Leviathan or, The Whale and The Sea Inside.
 
The Activist is a bold and deeply affecting book - sharply atmospheric, the reader feels the ever-shifting setting with total immediacy. The enthralling tale presents the plight of the natural world - and its relationship with the human race - with an intimacy that is unlike anything I've ever seen in a novel. Connon has found a new and invigorating way forward for the nature writing novel.’  Peter Mountford: author of the Washington State Book Award-winning novel A Young Man's Guide to Late Capitalism and The Dismal Science, a novel that was selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice.
 
BBC Wildlife magazine have confirmed that Alec will feature in their "Meet The Author" section in the June issue.
 
Alec lives currently in Seattle and works on various projects on climate activism.
http://www.alecconnon.com/
 
Tickets £8 (£6), £1 off early bird tickets bought before 20th May, available from the Oundle Box Office, 4 New Street, Oundle.
 
Open hours: 10.00am – 4.00pm Mon to Fri Tel 01832 274734, online at www.oundlefestival.org.uk
 
Any queries call Helen on 07743988181 or email oundlelitfestival@hotmail.co.uk