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Caroline Bird & Selina Nwulu

The Water Replies

Adam Chodzko, Ash Walks, 2018. Photo: Rosie Lonsdale

Adam Chodzko, Ash Walks, 2018. Photo: Rosie Lonsdale

Greg McLaren, Whitstable Biennale 2016. Photo: Marcus Leadley

Greg McLaren, Whitstable Biennale 2016. Photo: Marcus Leadley

We’re inviting everyone living along the Thames Estuary to keep a creative journal, about what life is like living alongside the River Thames. There is no set format – journals can be completed with words, photos, drawings, collage, poetry, prose, lyrics and thoughts.

This opportunity is open to people of all ages – no experience necessary, and we plan to exhibit as many of the journals as we can in a month-long exhibition, as part of the Estuary festival programme.

Led by acclaimed poets Caroline Bird (London Olympics Official Poet, 2012), and Selina Nwulu (London Poet Laureate, 2015) the project invites a collective response that captures local relationships to the Estuary and how living by the water impacts the rhythms of daily life.

Estuary 2021 is led by a partnership between Estuary-based arts organisations, Metal in South Essex and Cement Fields in North Kent. 

If you would like to receive a blank journal, and more information about how to take part, email us at info@cementfields.org with your postal address, and we’ll send you the pack out in the post.

Make sure you get in touch to let us know you are taking part and keep us up to date with your progress on social media using the hashtags #TheWaterReplies and #CreativeEstuary.

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If you would like to receive a blank journal and a guidance booklet in the post, free of charge, email us and we’ll send one out to you.

In place of our planned journaling workshops, we are hosting a series of artist-led sessions online.

Workshop #1 – Monday 18 May

More dates coming soon.