Lyme Literary: Patrick Barkham at the Marine


The Marine is pleased to announce a new event called Lyme Literary – a series of talks inspired by books.

In the first – based on his book Islander – Patrick Barkham travels from island to island in search of their special magic. Meeting all kinds of islanders, from nuns to puffins, he discovers what it is to be an islander.  Some islands, like Ray Island in Essex are abandoned and mysterious places haunted by myths, ghosts and rats. There are resurgent islands such as Eigg, which have been liberated from capricious owner-dictators; holy islands like Bardsey, the resting place of 20,000 saints, and still a site of spiritual questing; and dying islands such as St Kilda, famed for the evacuation of its people, and now dominated by wild sheep and seabirds.

Along the way, he uncovers bizarre and touching stories about island life, meets a host of curious characters and native species, and explores some of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain.

Patrick Barkham is a features writer for the Guardian, where he has reported on everything from the Iraq War to climate change. He is the author of The Butterfly IslesBadgerlands and Coastlines.

‘Patrick has joined the nature writers’ First Division’ The Times

‘A must-read for all Britain’s naturalists’ Chris Packham

‘A vivid, adept, unapologetic voice’ Richard Mabey, The Guardian




Lyme Literary: Patrick Barkham at The Marine

Tuesday 21 November


Tickets £6 from the, serendip bookshop and the TIC.

Booking fee may apply