AUTHOR EVENT: Doreen Cunningham


Please join us on 26th May at 7pm for an evening with Doreen Cunningham, in conversation with us about her new book Soundings: Journeys In The Company of Whales

We are delighted to be relaunching our events program and our gorgeous new events space by welcoming author and journalist Doreen Cunningham to discuss her incredible debut, Soundings: Journeys In The Company of Whales (published last month to fantastic reviews.)

In a striking blend of nature writing, whale science, and memoir, Cunningham interweaves two stories: tracking the extraordinary northward migration of the grey whales with a mischievous toddler in tow and living with an Iñupiaq family in Alaska seven years earlier. Throughout the journey she explores the stories of the whales and their young calves—their history, their habits, and their attempts to survive the changes humans have brought to the ocean. At its heart, Soundings is a memoir of motherhood, love, and resilience.

Event Details

Date: Thursday 26th May at 7pm (finish by 8.30pm)

Venue: Upper floor, Harbour Books, 21 Harbour Street, Whitstable, CT5 1AQ

Accessibility: Ensuring our events are accessible is very important to us. As a small independent business the needs of our customers do vary from one event to the next, therefore we try to adapt to the needs of those coming. For more details on the shop’s accessibility, please do have a look at our accessibility policy. But, rest assured, if you want to attend this event and have any challenges or barriers around accessibility, please do get in touch with us. We’ll do whatever we can to ensure as many folks as want to, can take part.

Ticket Information

Tickets are £5.00 (£3.00 concessions) or free if you buy your copy of Soundings from us.

To get your free ticket, simply buy a copy of the book on our website and within your order confirmation email you’ll be given an Eventbrite code. Simply go to our Eventbrite page, enter the code and your ticket will be free.

If you have already bought your copy of Soundings elsewhere, and would like to attend our event, simply purchase tickets through Eventbrite.

Doreen’s is a thrilling, passionate and tenderhearted adventure. I read this book in one sitting, and couldn’t sleep that night – my mind was still filled with her extraordinary endurance, her wild spirit.

Helen Jukes, author of A Honeybee Heart has Five Openings

About the Author

Doreen Cunningham is an Irish-British writer born in Wales. After studying engineering Cunningham worked briefly in climate related research at NERC and in storm modelling at Newcastle University, before turning to journalism. She has worked for the BBC World Service variously as an international news presenter, editor, producer and reporter, since 2000. She won the RSL Giles St Aubyn Award 2020 and was shortlisted for the Eccles Centre and Hay Festival Writers Award 2021 for Soundings, her first book.