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Writers Jenny Landreth and Elizabeth-Jane Burnett share their 'waterbiographies' and discuss the transformative and life-affirming power of swimming.

Jenny Landreth's book Swell: A Waterbiography is part memoir, part social history. The book uncovers a world of secret swimming and focusses on the 'swimming suffragettes'. It's a story of the pioneering women who fought their way into the water, and of what they did once they got there. It is also the story of how Jenny eventually came to be a keen swimmer herself.

Elizabeth-Jane Burnett's book Swims is a compelling poem, that follows the author as she dives into open waters across England and Wales. Plunging into rivers, lakes and seas in a watery circuit that takes in the Ouse, the Teign, the Channel, Grasmere and King's Cross Pond in London. A sinuous, innovative debut, Swims reminds us of the power of swimming to transform the human spirit, registering what water gives to us and what it takes away. Come and dip a toe in the water.

Dive in if you dare!

Chaired by writer and performer Francesca Millican-Slater.

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