In my role as President of The Arthur Ransome Society, I was interviewed by Chris Opperman for a new documentary produced by David Webb on the Walton Backwaters, known by Arthur Ransome enthusiasts as ‘Secret Water’.
The 75 min DVD entitled ‘Walton’s Secret Backwaters’ is compatible with all DVD players displaying the DVD Video & PAL logo. It can be purchased online here
Chris Opperman, who chatted to me at the Royal Harwich Yacht Club on the Orwell, has sailed in the area for years. After a career in newspapers, he produced programmes for Radio 4 and the World Service before presenting the breakfast News and countryside documentaries on BBC Radio Suffolk.
As President of The Arthur Ransome Society, I represent the 1,000 or so members of the literary society devoted to the Swallows and Amazons books, including those set in East Anglia. There is always a lot of flag flying since many members also sail. Swallow, the dinghy used in the original film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ has taken part in Swamazons events on the Walton Backwaters since she was renovated in 2011.
We will celebrate the fact that Arthur Ransome’s book ‘Secret Water’ is set in Essex on 3rd March 2019, when I will be on joined by authors Julia Jones and Peter Willis at the Essex Book Festival. Come along! We will be at Harwich Connexions 1912 Centre, Cow Lane, Harwich CO12 3ER from 2.00pm-3.15pm. If you can make it earlier in the day, I will be introducing a lunchtime screening of David Wood’s adaptation of ‘Swallows & Amazons’ (1974) after which there will be a Q&A when you can ask questions on how the film was made. I will be signing copies of ‘The Making of Swallows and Amazons (1974)’ afterwards. It was great to see if featured in the DVD.