They are like barnacled angels, these extraordinary creatures...
Philip Hoare opened the evening with with an exploration of whales as a cultural and natural phenomenon, punctuated by mesmerising accounts of his personal experiences with these creatures. His talk was followed by artist film-maker Jessica Sarah Rinland, who presented a screening of three of her films: Pegwell Bay, Kent – Recollection of a Whale; Description Of A Struggle; and A Boiled Skeleton.
The final film depicts the journey of a bottlenose whale caught in 1860 and currently stored in the basement of UCL’s Grant Museum. As it screened, ex-whaler John Burton read live from the newspaper article that covered the whale’s journey.
The evening finished with discussion chaired by Gareth Evans, and questions from the audience.
VIDEO: Philip Hoare reads from his latest book The Sea Inside in the London Review Bookshop
The illustrations used throughout the event are by Joe Lyward.