An evening of words and wildlife with author and photographer Andrew Fusek Peters

Northern Accent, a new series of literature events, returns to Barton upon Humber’s Ropery Hall this spring with a literature event like no other, a wonderful evening of words and wildlife with author and photographer Andrew Fusek Peters.

The evening will see him talk about his work as a wild-life photographer as well as  read from his acclaimed wild-swimming memoir Dip, in which he describes an extraordinary year of wild swimming.

Accompanied by projections, he will share and tell the stories behind his superb wildlife photos leading his audience to rivers, lakes, waterfalls and hidden pools, into wild waters and untamed landscapes that have the potential to move and inspire in unexpected ways.

“Andrew Fusek Peters is one of the most experienced author-performers in the UK, having undertaken thousands of performances over more than 26 years of school, library, and festival visits all around the world,” said The Ropewalk’s Liz Bennet.

In addition to talking about ‘Dip’, Andrew will talk about his related work as a wild-life photographer and show some of his stunning images, particularly of birdlife encountered while swimming.

“It may be surprising to learn that Andrew only started taking photographs two years ago when he bought a camera for his son’s stop-frame animation work,” Liz continued.

Quickly discovering a passion for photography Andrew feels as if the last two years have been an accelerated apprenticeship, from an early addiction to saturation and over the top HDR to starting to respect the masters of Black and White like Salgado and Ansel Adams and wildlife heroes such as Stephen Dalton and Ben Osborne who is now mentoring him.

Andrew explains:  “My first kit upgrade gave me a Canon 6d and 17-40L for landscape and architecture {which I still love, though have recently added the 28mm 1.8 and am keen to get hold of the 50 1.4 for portraits}, and a Canon 7d with the Tamron 150-600 which combo got me shortlisted in two categories for the British Wildlife Photography Awards 2014.  After that point, I went all out – bought the 1dx, the 500mm F4, both extenders and the 70-200 IS 2.8 and have never looked back.”

“It’s a lovely complement to my day job as a writer and gives me a focus and excuse to get off the computer and go see what my camera can capture,” he went on.

Andrew will be on stage at Ropery Hall on Friday, April 24, starting at 7.30pm.  Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door.  They can be bought online at, by telephoning 01652 660380 or by calling in at the Craft Gallery.




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