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Soundings by Doreen Cunningham

3 June, 2023 at 17:00 - 18:00

Poster for talk by Doreen Cunningham, author of memoir Soundings: Journeys in the Company of Whales, on Saturday 3rd June at 5pm.

Join us in the shop to hear from Doreen Cunningham, author of the amazing memoir Soundings. Doreen will give a short talk with readings from her feminist memoir about whales, climate change and radical single-mothering. Afterwards, Doreen will be available for questions, conversation and to sign your copy of her book.

Attendance is free; please RSVP via social media or read@heronbooks.co.uk

Doreen Cunningham is an Irish-British writer born in Wales. After studying engineering she worked briefly in climate related research at NERC and in storm modelling at Newcastle University, before turning to journalism. She worked for the BBC World Service for twenty years as an international news presenter, editor, producer and reporter. She won the RSL Giles St Aubyn Award 2020 and was shortlisted for the Eccles Centre and Hay Festival Writers Award 2021 for Soundings, her first book.

Doreen first visited Utqiagvik, the northernmost town in Alaska, as a young journalist reporting on climate change among indigenous whaling communities. There, she joined the spring whale hunt under the neverending Arctic light, watching for bowhead whales and polar bears, drawn deeply into an Iñupiaq family and their culture amid the disappearing ice.

Years later, plunged into sudden poverty and isolation after becoming a single parent, Doreen embarks on an extraordinary journey: following the grey whale migration all the way north to the Iñupiaq family that took her in, where grey and bowhead whales meet at the melting apex of our planet.


3 June, 2023
17:00 - 18:00
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Heron Books
0117 431 0616


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