Philip Hoare

About the Speaker

Philip Hoare’s books include biographies of Stephen Tennant and Noel Coward, the historical studies, Wilde’s Last StandSpike Island, and England’s Lost Eden. His book Leviathan or, The Whale won the 2009 BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. His last book, The Sea Inside, was published in 2013.

His new book, RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR, is published by Fourth Estate. Out of a tempestuous sea, fantastical stories of drowned poets, eccentric artists and magical animals, slipping between species and gender, all bound by the profound ocean.

Philip has also presented a TV documentary on Netley Victoria Hospital during WW1, and writes regularly for the Guardian on environmental and other issues.

Philip will be appearing at Showboat in a film commissioned by SO: To Speak in 2015, produced by local filmaker Tony Steyger