Suzanne Heywood – Wavewalker

Tickets £10.50/£8.50



When she was just seven, Suzanne Heywood’s parents took her and her brother on what was meant to be a three-year voyage around the world. In the end the the family spent a decade at sea living through storms, shipwrecks and isolation. Heywood and her brother had little formal schooling, missed out on friendships and found their safety put at risk. Longing for normality, Heywood fought her parents, earning an interview at Oxford University aged 17 and returning to the UK. Join Heywood as she shares the story of her extraordinary childhood, and how she went on to find success, stability and happiness.

Chaired by Simon Pryde


This event has sold out – to join the waiting list please contact the Box Office  01434 652477


‘Even for an experienced sailor, a ten-year voyage across some of the world’s most dangerous oceans would give pause for thought. That Suzanne survived this and made her way back to dry land and a successful future is remarkable. Her book is stunningly good.’ – Ranulph Fiennes, World’s Greatest Living Explorer 


Booking Information

  • Priority Booking for Festival Friends opens at 08.00 on Friday 1st of March. Tickets go on general sale from Monday 4th March.
  • Hearing loops are available for Theatre and Library events. Carers qualify for free ‘essential companion’ tickets. Wheelchair spaces are limited. In all cases, please call the Box Office on 01434 652477 to book or email:
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Hexham Library

Location 2

Queen's Hall Art Centre


27 Apr 2024


5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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