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YuleFest 2017: Sir Barry Cunliffe 'On the Ocean'

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Join us in celebrating the start of the festive season at our annual YuleFest event, where we will be presenting a series of free talks by an exciting diverse range of bestselling authors throughout the day. Pick up a complimentary mince pie and port, sit back and listen to one of our guest speakers and purchase a signed copy for a special Christmas gift.

We are delighted to be joined by Sir Barry Cunliffe, who will be discussing his new publication 'On the Ocean' at 4:30pm.

For humans the sea is, and always has been, an alien environment. Ever moving and ever changing in mood, it is a place without time, in contrast to the land which is fixed and scarred by human activity giving it a visible history. While the land is familiar, even reassuring, the sea is unknown and threatening. By taking to the sea humans put themselves at its mercy. It has often been perceived to be an alien power teasing and cajoling. The sea may give but it takes. Why, then, did humans become seafarers? Barry Cunliffe looks at the development of seafaring on the Mediterranean and the Atlantic from Prehistory to AD 1500.

Sir Barry Cunliffe is Emeritus Professor of European Archaeology at the University of Oxford. His many publications include The Ancient Celts (1997), Facing the Ocean (2001), The Druids: A Very Short Introduction (2010), Britain Begins (2012), and By Steppe, Desert, and Ocean (2015), all published by Oxford University Press.

For more information about the other exciting events taking place as part of Yule Fest on Saturday 2nd December, please click on the links below.

11am - Philosophy in the Bookshop with Roman Krznaric and Nigel Warburton
12:30pm -1:30pm – Jen Campbell
1:30pm - 2:30pm - Lauren St John 'The Snow Angel'
2:30pm - 3:30pm - Kate Young 'The Little Library Cookbook'
3:30pm - 4:30pm - Patrick Barkham 'Islander'

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