Moby Dick Unabridged

Four days of classic prose, new artworks, live performances and fresh clam chowder.

A. L. Kennedy reading on stage at 'Moby Dick Unabridged'.
The greatest chase in literature

The Classic Novel Read Live!

Working in partnership with The Southbank Centre, we planned, created, co-commissioned and hosted a mammoth celebration of Herman Melville’s classic work.

Moby-Dick Unabridged was a four-day multimedia immersive reading of Herman Melville’s masterpiece for the London Literature Festival. The event involved hundreds of illustrators, dancers, animators, sculptors, actors, comedians, volunteers from the public and incorporated around fifty newly commissioned works, including a digital annotated ‘Special Relationship’ edition of Moby-Dick published by Pigeonhole Press.

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With Thanks

Moby-Dick Unabridged was performed and brought to life with the generous assistance of our friends and artistic partners

Readings from

A L KennedyAisling FaheyAnjan SahaArifa AkbarBen MarkovitzBonnie GreerBurn After Reading PoetsChinbundu OnuzoDavid FlusfederDebs NewboldDiana QuickDotun AdebayoEllah AlfreyErrol LloydEvie WyldFrancesca BeardFrancesca BrillGeorgina GodwinGuy MorganHarry HarrisHenrietta Rose-InnesHephzibah AndersonIsley LynnIsy SuttieJack UnderwoodJim HigoJoan HewittJonny WooJude KellyKaty DarbyKaty WixLaurie BolgerLee RourkeLiam WilliamsLiza KlaussmannLouisa YoungLouise BrealeyMark Gwynne JonesMatilda WnekMelissa HarrisMolly ParkinNaomi AldermanNathan PenlingtonNicholas HoggNiven GovidenPeter HobbsPhilip HoareRashi DastidarRev. Richard ColesSaskia VogelShan MaclennanSimon CrumpSJ FowlerTim KeyTim WellsToby LittTom BasdenTom Chatfield

Illustrations and Animations by

Hannah BagshawIan McDonnellNatalia BuciorMatthew RobinsRumpus AnimationTeodor Dumitrescu

Special Thanks To

Philip HoareAmanda BullockNew Bedford Whaling Museum