Mark Easton – Islands

Searching for truth on the shoreline

His imagination sparked by John Donne’s misguided maxim that “No man is an island”, BBC home editor Mark Easton takes us on an enchanting and illuminating adventure through the islands of the world from Ancient Crete to modern day Canvey. Can understanding these pockets of land and the mind-set they create in their inhabitants help humanity get closer to the truth about itself?

He offers a deep dive into geography, myth, literature, politics and philosophy that reveals nothing less than a map of the human heart.

Chaired by Steve Drayton

“A timely and original exploration of the liminalities of islands and the waters that envelop them: by turns beguiling, enchanting and ultimately affirming.” Sir Anthony Seldon


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  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Thursday 2nd of March. Tickets go on general sale from Saturday 4th March.
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Great Hall, Hexham Abbey
Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3NB


22 Apr 2023


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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