Words Weekend 2019

Dr Jon Copley: Ask An Ocean Explorer

Dr Jon Copley: Ask An Ocean Explorer

Part of Words Weekend 2019

Price inclusive of 9% booking fee


How deep do sharks swim? Have more people been into space than the deep ocean? And what effect are we having on the health of our seas? Meet Jon Copley, ocean expert and scientific advisor for BBC’s Blue Planet II series, and hear the answers to these questions and more. Copley has more than twenty years experience exploring the ocean: he has led expeditions aboard research ships discovering new species of deep-sea animals, and in 2013, he became the first British person to dive more than 5km deep in the ocean.

More info:

Start time: 3.30pm
Venue: Barbour Room


As everyone deserves equal access to entertainment, every event in Words Weekend will be accessible. In addition to the gold standard access provision at Sage Gateshead, all events will be BSL interpreted and there will be a roaming interpreter facilitating conversations throughout the venue.

Words Weekend will post a Social Story on their website for anyone who might find new situations difficult and would like to know what to expect from the festival. Sage Gateshead also offer short familiarisation visits.

We request that everyone is tolerant to the needs of other audience members,  some of whom might need to take a break from a space during an event, for example. Lighting will be raised slightly higher than usual, sound levels will be limited at most events and more comfortable seating options will be offered in some spaces.  Please remember that not all disabilities or health conditions are visible. If you have any questions please contact [email protected]