The Summer Isles – An Evening with Philip Marsden


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We're absolutely delighted to welcome award-winning travel writer, Philip Marsden to Elementum to talk about his beautifully written new book, The Summer Isles – A Voyage of the Imagination. Join Philip as he takes us on a journey by sail up the west coast of Ireland and Scotland, through the unpredictable waters around the Hebrides and towards the Summer Isles.

'In an old wooden sloop, Philip Marsden plots a course north from his home in Cornwall. He is sailing for the Summer Isles, a small archipelago near the top of Scotland that holds for him a deep and personal significance. On the way, he must navigate the west coast of Ireland and the Inner Hebrides. Bearing the full force of the Atlantic, it is a seaboard which is also a mythical frontier, a place as rich in story as anywhere on earth. Through the people he meets and the tales he uncovers, Marsden builds up a haunting picture of these shores – of imaginary islands and the Celtic otherworld, of the ageless draw of the west, of the life of the sea and perennial loss – and the redemptive power of the imagination. Bringing together themes he has been pursuing for many years, The Summer Isles is an unforgettable account of the search for actual places, invented places, and those places in between that shape the lives of individuals and entire nations.'

We look forward welcoming you to what promises to be a fascinating evening full of tales of adventure, discovery, folklore and the perils and joys of single-handed sailing.

Drinks served from 6.30pm, event begins at 7pm and finishes around 8pm.

‘Marsden brings characteristic elegance and insatiable curiosity to bear on his voyage; we are whisked along as passengers, alternately enchanted by this unforgettable coastline and apprehensive of its treachery. Even the most dogged land lubber cannot fail to be exhilarated by these stiff salt breezes.’ – Madeleine Bunting

‘Reading Philip Marsden's voyage to the Summer Isles is the only time in my life I shall want to be lost at sea. Shimmering, profound, and deeply mesmerizing.’ – John Lewis-Stempel

‘Set sail on limpid prose in this wonderful peregrination up the west coast of Britain and Ireland. There is no better guide to the deep and dazzling meanings found on the western fringe of Europe than Philip Marsden.'’ – Patrick Barkham

Philip Marsden is the award-winning author of a number of works of travel, fiction and non-fiction, including The Bronski HouseThe Spirit-Wrestlers, The Levelling Sea  and Rising Ground. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and his work has been translated into fifteen languages. He lives in Cornwall.

Please note: your ticket is a voucher that includes admission to the event and is redeemable against a copy of The Summer Isles. Valid only on Tuesday 10th December 2019. Also available to purchase at Elementum Gallery. Please bring your order confirmation as proof of  purchase. 

Event held at Elementum Gallery, South Street, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 3LU

Please note that the event space is up a flight of stairs. Please contact the gallery if you need assistance or for any further information – 01935 813776





The Summer Isles by Philip Marsden