I'm off to Aldeburgh on Wednesday with a small contingent
the The PRG & Clink Street Group for sea and poetry [and fish & chips].
In between sessions of writing and reading we'll take blustery walks down to the beach and Maggi Hambling's wonderful Scallop. Hambling's sculpture, a monument to composer Benjamin Britten, invites us to pay close attention to the sea - its sounds and its energy.
Britten immersed himself in the sounds of the Aldeburgh landscape and shaped them into his music. The inscription on the Scallop - I HEAR THOSE VOICES THAT WILL NOT BE DROWNED - is a quote from Britten's opera, Peter Grimes.
Hambling describes this twelve-foot high shell as a "Conversation with the sea."
And, apparently, it can converse in all weathers, having been built to withstand winds of up to 100 mph. Hambling also walks the Aldeburgh beach every day as part of her process in creating her North Sea paintings.
As well as having conversations with the waves, we'll be listening to many voices as from 6 to 8 November the 21st Aldeburgh Poetry Festival gets underway.
Poetry, like music, is to be listened to and read aloud. There's a varied selection of voices from Britain, Europe and Americaon the programme.
Now, where's that windproof jacket ...