Mark Hix to launch new fishing book at Marine Theatre

MARINE Theatre patron Mark Hix MBE will be helping the venue celebrate its 125th anniversary this spring, by hosting the launch of his new book ‘Hooked: Adventures in Angling and Eating’.

Mark, who owns HIX Oyster & Fish House in Lyme Regis as well as several London restaurants, will be signing copies at this special fundraiser for the Marine Theatre.

Mark (pictured above) has been a patron of the Marine since 2018, and this year the theatre is the charity of choice for his Lyme Regis restaurant.

The chef will be in conversation with Mariella Frostrup (pictured left), the well-known media personality who presents ‘Open Book’, BBC Radio 4’s flagship literary programme.

The pair will delve into the anecdotes and recipes of the locally-born chef, including the story of his first catch being cooked by his grandmother – the catalyst for his passion for cooking.

Mark said: “I’m looking forward to sharing tales from my book before its release with the local community – it promises to be a very special event.

“As patron, I’m so delighted to welcome Mariella to the Marine as part of its 125 anniversary year fundraising.”

Ticket holders will be regaled with tales of extraordinary fishing expeditions at home and afar, from the banks of the Dumfriesshire coast to New Zealand’s Milford Sound.

Each trip of Mark’s from the book ended in a feast – be it the catch of the day (if all went to plan), or something found and foraged. Weaved into the narrative are the infectious and unexpected, joys of fishing and what it does for you.

The book launch will be held on Monday, May 20 with the bar opening at 6pm for a 7pm start.

Tickets cost £6.50 in advance or £8.50 on the door, with 10 per cent off for Theatre Friends. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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