Gareth E Rees’s immersive travelogue is a stunning testament to the powers of renewal and rebirth as part of the ebb and flow of natural cycles.
From Stone Age lands that slipped beneath the English Channel to the rapid inundation of New Orleans, Sunken Lands journeys through drowned forests, shrinking wetlands, vanishing islands and sinking towns to explore stories of flooded places from the past – and those disappearing before our eyes.
Floods have been part of humanity’s story from its very beginnings. Across millennia, rising waters have left a mark on our ancestors, influencing religion, folklore and culture across the world. But while floods lead to violent change, death and extinction, they are also about regeneration.
Gareth E. Rees is the author of Unofficial Britain, longlisted for the Ondaatje Prize. He’s also the author of Car Park Life, and Marshland. His first short story collection, Terminal Zones, was published in 2022 and examines the strangeness of everyday life in a time of climate change.
Gareth will be joined by celebrated nature writer Patrick Barkham. Patrick writes for the Guardian on natural history and is the author of many books, including The Butterfly Isles, Coastlines, Islanders, Wild Child and, most recently, The Swimmer: The Wild Life of Roger Deakin.
Ticket price includes small nibbles from Ottolenghi