Event 26

Thursday 9th November 2023 | 2.00 pm

Event 26 | Madeleine Bunting | The Seaside


Madeleine Bunting – The Seaside

Madeleine Bunting’s exploration of England’s great seaside resorts is to understand their origins and their heyday, their ongoing influence, and their current struggle to survive. Bunting asks why these hugely popular places of pleasure, entertainment and adventure and their enduring appeal have faded to become merely memories of golden sands, cold seas and donkey rides. Journeying along a striking variety of coastlines, she discovers ‘resorts’ struggling with deepest deprivation and ill health – a sad decline of these holiday towns, still so influential in English history and shaping our national identity.

An illustrated talk

Introduced by Stuart Rock

When: Thursday 9th November 2023 @ 2.00 pm
Where: The Bull Ballroom


Madeleine Bunting is the author of several acclaimed works of non-fiction, including Labours of Love: The Crisis of Care, which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize; Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey, which was shortlisted for the wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize and the Saltire Non-Fiction Book of the Year award; The Plot: A Biography of My Father’s English Acre, which won the Portico Prize and was shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize, and Willing Slaves: How the Overwork Culture is Ruling Our Lives. She is also the author of two novels: Island Song and Ceremony of Innocence.  She lives in Gloucestershire.

Stuart Rock has had a 35-year career as a business editor and event moderator. He has edited, created and launched numerous financial, management and professional magazines including Real Business, for which he was named Magazine Editor of the Year, and the private equity publication Real Deals. As a freelance writer, he specialises in high-growth companies and on the green economy.  Stuart is a founding member of the Fundraising Board of the Parkinson’s UK Virtual Biotech – the charity’s pioneering international patient-led drug discovery and development programme. He is also an ambassador for Heropreneurs – a charity that provides mentoring and support for ex-servicemen starting and growing their own businesses. He is soon to start studying for an MA in History at the University of Reading.


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