An Estuary Reading Group

Saturday 29th May 2021 to
Saturday 31st July 2021

An Estuary Reading Group

Join us for a relaxed Sunday evening reading group that will explore Nicola Barker's Thames Gateway Trilogy.

We will begin with Wide Open, set on the Isle of Sheppey, followed by Behindlings, which takes places on Canvey Island, and end with Darkmans, based in Ashford.

This reading group emerged out of a conversation between Caroline Millar and Declan Wiffen while wandering along the Saxon Shore Way discussing creative texts that responded to the Estuary. We decided a shared reading experience of Barker's novels would be an exciting and different place to begin thinking collectively about this environment.

30 May — Wide Open,
27 June — Behindlings,
1 August — Darkmans,

The sessions will take place online via Zoom between 6pm-8pm.

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For any questions, please contact Caroline or Declan.

About the artists
Caroline teaches Creative Writing and English Literature at Canterbury Christchurch University and is writing a collection of short stories based on walking the Thames Estuary.

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Declan teaches at The University of Kent, lecturing in Contemporary Literature and Critical Theory and is writing a creative-critical meditation on lichen and queer ecologies.

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Saturday 29th May 2021 to
Saturday 31st July 2021
18:30 - 20:00





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