The Light Keeper

A story of love, hope, faith and longing told in words, images and song.

Award-winning author and broadcaster Cole Moreton’s storytelling, visual and musical performance based on his debut novel, set in the stunning landscape of the South Downs.

A young woman stands on the brink, arms open wide as if to let the world carry her away. She’s come to the high cliffs to be alone, to face the truth about her life, to work out what to do. Her lover Jack is searching, desperate to find her before it is too late. But Sarah doesn’t want to be found. Not yet. Not by him. And someone else is seeking answers up here, where the seabirds soar – a man known only as the Keeper, living in an old lighthouse right on the cusp of a four-hundred-foot drop. He is all too aware that sometimes love takes you to the edge …

Cole Moreton is a writer and broadcaster who has written for The Guardian, The Telegraph and many others. He makes award-winning documentaries for Radio 4 and was named Interviewer of the Year at the Press Awards for his work with The Mail on Sunday. His non-fiction debut Hungry for Home was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys prize for first book in any genre, alongside Zadie Smith’s White Teeth. The Light Keeper is his first novel and has been ten years in the writing. Cole lives in Eastbourne and spends as much time as possible staring out to sea.

Now he presents a live performance of words, visuals and songs exploring the world of his debut novel The Light Keeper and the real-life stories that inspired it. The Light Keeper at Towner is a collaboration with the musician David Perry and a number of artists inspired by the same spectacular landscape.

‘I loved this’
Matt Haig

Peter James

Jane Fallon

“A richly evocative story of heartache and secrets”
The Mail on Sunday


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