Introducing the UK’s first, dedicated maritime literary festival

Well, we’ve finally said it out loud.

Weymouth Leviathan maritime literary festival is a celebration of the power great maritime writing has to inspire people to enjoy the sea more and achieve things they mightn’t have otherwise considered doing.

Fiction, non-fiction and guides, new and old, as long as they’re to do with the sea they have a place at the Leviathan.

As a new event in the calendar, please bear with us while we finalise all the details – we’ll update the site as we’re able.

Meanwhile, mark the dates in your diary: 11 – 13 March 2016.


8 thoughts on “Introducing the UK’s first, dedicated maritime literary festival

  1. My book, ‘The Unfortunate Captain Peirce and the Wreck of the Halsewell, East Indiaman’, will be published in November by Hobnob Press. It deals with one of Dorset’s most shocking maritime disasters.

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  2. If its of interest I have a pair of Audio/Visual presentations based on my book ‘Dorset: The Royal Navy’ [The Dovecote Press]. I’ve shown both at various venues in the area this year, Next showing Part 1 at Weymouth Bay Methodist Church on 19 November. Part 2 at Age UK, Dorchester on 25 November. I would be happy to present these anywhere during your festival if appropriate (I’ll understand if not.)
    To explain: –
    Part 1 tells the story of Dorset’s maritime involvement from Henry VIII’s time, through the Armada and Dutch battles off Portland;
    Confronting France; Trafalgar, sail to steam, the ironclads;
    The formation of the Portland Harbour & breakwaters; the advent of torpedoes;
    The first flight from a moving ship; the First World War WW1 and the early 20th century.

    Part 2 includes; Build-up to war – 1930s. Royal Fleet Reviews. WW2.
    Bombing of HMS Foylebank. D-Day embarkation. Post war changes – the last battleships.
    HMS Illustrious disaster 1948. The arrival of helicopters.
    Submarine Sidon explosion. RNAS HMS Osprey helicopter base. FOST and NATO exercises.
    Falklands. Run-down of Portland Naval Base. HMS Osprey closes.
    Goodbye Navy – almost.

    Duration: 1 hour each.
    Regards, Stuart Morris

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  3. Am interested in attending. Can you please advise where expressions of interest can be posted and also add me to your mailing list.
    Margaret Muir (writing nautical fiction as M.C. Muir), Australia.


    1. Hi Margaret, it’d be terrific if you could make it. We have a mailing list subscription facility on our tickets page. I would add you myself but I can’t do the bit where the subscription is confirmed by the owner of the email address. If you wouldn’t mind, please visit that page and follow the steps. James and team.


  4. I would love to buy some tickets for Barbara Tomlinson’s talk on 13 March but don’t want to book on line and no one at the Yacht Club ever seems to answer their phone. Can I safely expect to be able to book tickets on the day or is there another way of booking tickets?


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