Tickets £6, Concessions £4

Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, 29th January, 7pm

Moby-Dick Big Read: The Final Pursuit

All fans of the Moby-Dick Big Read are invited to attend the finale event taking place on Tuesday 29 January, 18:00, at Peninsula Arts, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University. With discussion from the Moby-Dick Big Read curator Philip Hoare and special musical performances this is not to be missed if you have joined the millions who have enjoyed this audio and visual rendition of the 21st century classic.

18:00 – Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building
Join the Director of Peninsula Arts Sarah Chapman and the Moby-Dick Big Read curator’s Philip Hoare and Angela Cockayne, as they discuss the inspiration and world-wide success of the Big Read. Featuring a special musical performance by musician, author and philosopher David Rothenberg reading Chapter 79, ‘The Prairie’.

19:00 – Crosspoint
Wine Reception

19:30 – Jill Craigie Cinema
Re-scoring the silent film ‘Down to the Sea in Ships’ (1922) Live piano accompaniment featuring original music and improvisations by pianist/composer Ignacio Brasa, and John Ireland’s song ‘Sea Fever’.

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Tickets: £9.50

King’s Place, London N1, 29th October, 7pm

Event: Moby-Dick Big Read Live

Join Philip Hoare and Angela Cockayne, curators of the Moby-Dick Big Read, for a lively and stimulating evening of readings, film clips and discussion with guests including Richard Sabin of the Natural History Museum, Zeb Soanes, the voice of Radio Four, and others. They will be discussing the myth and reality of Herman Melville’s book of 1851, and why it means even more than ever today.

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Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 October, Brighton

Festival: Whale Fest

Readings, exhibition and events based on the Moby-Dick Big Read.

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First broadcast: Sunday 21 October 2012

BBC Radio 6 Music: 161st anniversary of Moby Dick

Cerys celebrates the 161st anniversary of Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick with some whale songs and a chat with author Philip Hoare who has put together the Moby-Dick Big Read.
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Publication: Dominion, A Whale Symposium Authors/Editors: Angela Cockayne & Philip Hoare

Dominion is a collaborative book which draws together in­ternational critical writings and discussions from world experts on important ecological issues.

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Feature: Three Monkeys Online

Horatio Morpurgo interviews Angela Cockayne and Philip Hoare.

For more details see: Three Monkeys Online

Feature: The Whale and the World: The Moby-Dick Big Read Project by Abigail Carney

In Chapter 41 of his great novel Moby-Dick, Herman Melville writes, “Human madness is oftentimes a cunning and most feline thing. When you think it fled, it may have but become transfigured into some still subtler form.” Moby-Dick, with all its madness, is a book that has yet to leave us.

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Friday 21st September, online in The Guardian

Online: Guardian Books podcast: Moby-Dick Big Read and Robert Graves remembered by Claire Armitstead

David Cameron and Tilda Swinton are among the readers of a new online version of Moby Dick; poet and novelist Robert Graves’ last years on Mallorca are recalled by his great nephew Simon Gough.

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Thursday 20th September 12.00pm, Peninsula Arts Gallery, Plymouth University

Gallery Talk: Philip Hoare

Philip Hoare, author of Leviathan Or, the Whale will discuss his own personal journey through the pages of Moby-Dick, alongside reflecting on the artwork produced by the artists during the 24 hour comic event.

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Tuesday 18th September, online in The New York Times

Online: New Audio Project Offers Four Months of ‘Moby-Dick’ by John Williams

The actress Tilda Swinton and 134 other readers are lending their voices to the “Moby-Dick Big Read,” an online audio version of Herman Melville’s epic novel.

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Sunday 16th September, Graduation Marquee on Plymouth Hoe, UK

Launch Event: Moby Dick Big Read

Launch event of the hugely anticipated 21st-Century audio and visual rendition of Herman Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick featuring a live reading by our guest of honour, actor and director Simon Callow. Followed by an introduction from author, Philip Hoare, a musical performance entitled Call Me Ishmael, by Sam Richards and the premiere of a short film featuring international, best-selling, kraken-tattooed novelist China Miéville reading extracts from ‘The Squid’, directed by the award-winning BBC director, Adam Low.

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Saturday 15th September, online in The Guardian

Online: Moby-Dick captures stars for reading voyage by Alison Flood

David Cameron, Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry and Simon Callow jump aboard ambitious project to broadcast Herman Melville’s classic novel in its entirety – 135 chapters over 135 days.

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Sunday 9 September, online in The Independent

Online: The whale – so special, and scarcely understood by Philip Hoare

What is it about these stupendous, gregarious yet mysterious creatures that creates such an ambivalent bond with humankind? An article by Philip Hoare for The Independent.

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