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In conversation: Joe Minihane (author of Floating: A Life Regained)

  • The Book Hive 53 London Street Norwich, England, NR2 1HL United Kingdom (map)

Join us for an evening discussing memoir and nature-writing, as local favourite Molly Naylor interviews Joe Minihane, author of Floating - a strange and beautiful book about wild swimming.

After journalist Joe became obsessed with wild swimming and its restorative qualities, he developed his new-found passion by following the example of naturalist Roger Deakin in his classic Waterlog. While putting one arm over the other (and sometimes resting on his back), Minihane began to confront the often buried issues in his life. Along the way, he rekindled old friendships and forged new ones, and after an unexpected setback discovered that he had already gained enough strength to be able to continue his recovery on dry land. The wild water has put him in touch with nature and himself.

Floating is a remarkable memoir, as intense and moving as it is lyrical and generous. It captures in memorable detail Minihane's struggle to understand his life and move forward and, steeped in the anti-authoritarian and naturalistic spirit of Roger Deakin, celebrates the joy of taking time out to feel better.

From Hampstead to Yorkshire, from Dorset to Jura, from the Isles of Scilly to Wales - this book is a love letter to different wild stretches of water.

Join us as we swim with Joe through ponds and lakes, rivers and canals, lodes and marshes - and even the ice-cold sea...

FREE. Just give us a ring / email / message to secure a space.

6:30pm for a 7:30pm start. Refreshments provided.