Tuesday 27 September 2016

Call me Ishmael. Book festival to stage reading of whale tale Moby Dick

Published 20/07/2015 | 14:32

Readers get the chance to follow in the footsteps of Orson Welles who took on the role of Captain Ahab in Moby Dick in 1955
Readers get the chance to follow in the footsteps of Orson Welles who took on the role of Captain Ahab in Moby Dick in 1955

Book lovers will be able to have a whale of a time at a literary festival featuring a four-day long live reading of Herman Melville's epic novel Moby Dick.

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Volunteers at the event at the London Literature Festival will be given 10 minute sections to read, alongside readers including the author's great, great, great granddaughter, novelist Liza Klaussmann.

The book, which flopped when it was released in 1851, is now regarded as a classic of American literature.

It tells the story of the captain of a whaling ship who swears revenge on the whale after it destroys his ship and nearly kills him.

The festival also includes an interview with Monty Python star and film-maker Terry Gilliam about his new memoir.

Jude Kelly, the artistic director of Southbank Centre, said: " The London Literature Festival brings together award-winning authors, poets and also voices from unusual origins to challenge and refresh our sense of the world.

"The festival offers numerous ways for audiences to participate and I'm excited that this year's Moby Dick event gives over 100 people a chance to lend their own voice to this masterpiece."

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