2017 Red Herring Festival Logo

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 November 2019

The Cut, 8 New Cut, Halesworth IP19 8BY


Celebrating the herring

as a vibrant part of Suffolk's heritage

TALK: THE GRIT / Dean Parkin

Sunday 29 October

11.30 - Noon


Lowestoft's fishing village — known as ‘The Grit’ or 'The Beach’ to locals — was the most easterly point in the country, right next to the North Sea. In 1900 The Grit was  home to 2,500 people, 13 pubs, three schools, two churches, shops and cafés. There was a spirit of independence amongst the often poor ‘Gritsters’ and a feeling of ‘us and them’ grew with the rest of the town.


Sharing the characters and oral history of a forgotten community, Dean Parkin, revisits The Grit, the bestselling book published in 1997 which he   co-wrote with Jack Rose.


Dean Parkin is a poet and writer who was born near Lowestoft where he still lives. He has written and published over twenty books and will re-issue The Grit in 2018.






HF Dean Parkin