I am delighted to be taking part in Estuary 2016, which takes place over 17 days in September and October 2016 at venues including Tilbury Cruise Terminal, Coalhouse Fort; various venues in Gravesend; Chalkwell Hall and Park, The Seafront, Focal Point Gallery and the Worlds Longest Pier in Southend-on-Sea. I’ll be on as part of the Shorelines programme on 17–18 September.
There are some great artists and writers taking part—including John Akomfrah, Rachel Lichtenstein (curator of Shorelines), Caroline Bergvall, Lee Rourke, Lavinia Greenlaw, Jem Finer, Ken Worpole and many more—so I am thrilled to be sharing a bill with them.
Here is the blurb:
Estuary is a new, biennial arts festival curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary and presented in culturally significant and historic venues along the Essex and Kent shorelines. An exciting mix of new and existing works will pull together powerful themes resonant to the place, its history, landscape and communities in an ambitious programme of contemporary art, literature, film and music.
The Thames Estuary is an ‘edgeland’. It is a place of transition – one of arrivals and departures – a gateway that connects the UK to the rest of the world. It has been the front line for the defence of the realm as well as the first port of welcome for migrants and visitors from around the world. Industrial heartland and logistics sit alongside wild habitats, ancient monuments and concrete commuter towns. Echoes from the birthplace of early punk, noisy seaside fun, brent geese, fog horns and cargo ships create an unmistakable soundscape. It has long provided an endless source of fascination, inspiration and mystery for both artists and audiences.
I am always happy to hear from anyone about a reading or a talk. See my events page for a word about bookings