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Host: Bridport Literary Festival
Location: Ballroom, The Bull Hotel, East Street, Bridport DT6 3LF
Speaker: Horatio Morpurgo
Horatio Morpurgo successfully campaigned for the first Marine Protected Area of significant size in Lyme Bay in 2008. The West Country was first home to many of the Tudor explorers: including less well known figures like Stephen and William Borough and John Davis as well as the Drakes and Raleighs.
Morpurgo’s new book The Paradoxal Compass is both historical narrative and environmental manifesto for saving our oceans from relentless destruction. Over four centuries ago, whales were hunted and killed for their oil. Today, oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean is destroying the sea beds. In his thrilling and alarming approach to history, Morpurgo argues that the Age of Discovery has relevance now as we stand at the edge of marine destruction.
In conversation with Andrew Rutherford