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Moby-Dick captures stars for reading voyage |

Moby-Dick captures stars for reading voyage | | Moby dick project |
Swinton kicks off the immense undertaking – 135 chapters over 135 days – taking the novel's iconic opening, "Call me Ishmael", with Fry to read a homoerotic encounter between Ishmael and the tattooed Queequeg and Callow taking "the sermon".
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Moby Dick Big Read | Plymouth University

Moby Dick Big Read | Plymouth University | Moby dick project |

This fantastic reading 'event' is being launched in Plymouth on 16th September, and continues with a daily online release of each chapter of 'Moby Dick', as read by a number of luminaries; including Mr Cumberbatch. The location of this website appears elusive at the moment, but I will post a link as soon as I can find one!


'A highlight of the Plymouth International Book Festival 2012 is the Peninsula Arts launch of the Moby Dick Big Read; an exciting 21st-century audio and visual rendition of Herman Melville's 19th-century classic novel. It features some of the UK's biggest stars, including Stephen Fry, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Sir David Attenborough, famous names from around the globe and members of the Plymouth public.


'Alongside work from some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world – including Anish Kapoor, Anthony Gormley and Gavin Turk - each chapter will be released daily on a dedicated website.


'This event will include an introduction by author Philip Hoare, an exclusive reading from Guest of Honour, actor Simon Callow, Call Me Ishmael a music performanceby Sam Richards and premiere of a short film by China Melville.


'Highlights include Sir David Attenborough’s poignant recording of “Does the Whale's Magnitude Diminish? - Will He Perish?”, Stephen Fry in bed with the tattooed Queequeg, Benedict Cumberbatch musing on krill, and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Rick Stein on how to eat a whale. Other readers include authors China Miéville, Blake Morrisson, and Will Self, directors John Waters and Tony Kushner, and pop stars Neil Tennant, Richard Hawley and Cerys Matthews.


'Many have created new work for the project, from paintings to installations, sculptures and films. The works are provocative, risk-taking and even shocking – like Melville’s book itself.


'Dr Hoare said: “It is fantastic that these stars wanted to come on board the project and it’s been fascinating to learn of their own love for the novel. But we also wanted to ensure the Moby-Dick Big Read was a democratic venture, with readings from the general public. There are also contributions from acclaimed scientists such as Hal Whitehead and Martin Attrill, Director of Plymouth University’s Marine Institute, fulfilling the project’s aim to bring art and science together.”


'Every contributor has donated their services for free, and the entire project is free to access. But the project also aims to raise awareness of the whale’s current plight, with the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society as the designated charity for whom contributions will be invited.


'Dr Hoare added: “It may have been written more than 150 years ago, but there has never been a better book written about whales – nor one that reflects the mammals’ plight today. This project is a celebration of the whale’s survival, as well as being a comment on our own fragile world and the threats it faces.”


Many thanks to 'Jas' for sending me details of this event.

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