In 1983 William Golding was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Cornwall-born author of the world-famous Lord of the Flies had fought in the Royal Navy in World War Two before he found success as a writer. His lifetime love of sailing, the sea and the rugged Cornwall countryside can be discerned in the themes of adventure and exploration found in his writing — including exploring what the novel itself could do. All of this is captured in Adam Low’s 2012 Arena film, The Dreams of William Golding, a compelling reflection on the life of one of the UK’s most acclaimed authors.
For five days only, we will brings you this thoughtful Arena biopic from the BBC archives, which includes exclusive interviews with Golding’s family. Responding to the film and Golding’s work and life are four writers based in the south-west of England, whose work connects to the award-winning novelist in various ways: journalist Rosie Goldsmith, academic Stephanie Jones, Golding expert Tim Kendall and cinema museum curator Phil Wickham. Enjoy new poems inspired by the film from two poets living in the region, Louisa Adjoa Parker and Malaika Kegode, and learn how to start your own personal writing journey with a masterclass from author Monique Roffey.
Your Local Arena is an Arts Council England-funded project, produced by Speaking Volumes and Lucy Hannah, featuring the BBC’s Arena film archive.