• Stuart Lawson and Phil Coker being interviewed by the BBC

TWO military veterans Stuart Lawson and Phil Coker are debuting their new book ‘Sounds of the Sea’ at a special FREE launch event, this Friday (2pm) at the Sherwell Hall Centre, North Hill.

The event is being staged as a curtain raiser to the Plymouth Literature Festival, from the 21st October to 29th October, with 61 events being staged across the city.

Quirky Teas on Plymouth’s Barbican are organising the light refreshments and cream teas and coffees.

Special guests at the ‘Sounds of the Sea’ book launch includes Mark Belamarich MBE, talking about his recent Guinness Book of World Records, who sailed an epic 500 nautical miles in a Royal Navy 14ft standard training dinghy used by the RN, at its sailing centre at Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth.

And also budding author Chris Marrow who trained as a Merchant Navy officer, who followed a far from usual career path that included innovating new ferry routes in places like Lake Malawi. He also operated landing craft on the Mozambique coast to deliver aid, and explored the long-closed river route from Malawi to the Ocean. From these experiences stems his book, The Hoe and the Gun.

Stu Lawson and Phil Coker have set up a new publishing house and web portal: to support other writers in the city.

More details about the Plymouth Literature Festival can be found at:

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