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SPECIAL EVENTS: Moby-Dick Big Read: The Final Pursuit


Moby-Dick Big Read:
The Final Pursuit

The Moby-Dick Big Read has been a phenomenal success, attracting media attention and readers from across the world. At the time of writing, the website has had over a million downloads, and has been in the UK and US Top Ten iTunes podcast list. The project aimed to present a 21st century audio and visual rendition of the 19th century classic, creating an entirely new audience, as well as reflecting on the fact that Moby-Dick continues to inspire artists, musicians, scientists and writers alike. Drawing art and science together, the result is perhaps of the most ambitious installations of its kind. 

As the final reading goes live on 29 January, Peninsula Arts is celebrating with a specially-commissioned ‘Rescoring the Silent’ film, featuring live music in response to an early black and white silent film. Join us for a pre-film talk as the Big Read curators Philip Hoare, Angela Cockayne and Sarah Chapman, Director of Peninsula Arts, along with special guests, reflect on the success of the project and discuss why a book written a century and a half ago still has the power to move and inspire so many artists, writers, scientists and musicians.

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'.

Date:Tuesday 29 January


Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building




£6, Concessions £4
FREE for Friends of Peninsula Arts

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Peninsula Arts Box Office

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Moby-Dick Big Read Final Pursuit