Associated Programme: RouteStock

Friday 16th September 2016 to
Thursday 29th September 2016

Associated Programme: RouteStock

Associated programme
RouteStock - any questions please email [email protected]

RouteStock presents a modern twist on historic homegrown shanty music, readings, film, walks and talks inspired by their beloved estuary. For more info and booking see below.


film installation

20/21/22/25/27 September : 10am-7pm : FREE

Three Daws Pub, Gravesend

RouteStock’s remix of the only known 60’s and 70’s 16mm silent film of the transient industrial works and lives of the local workers of the worlds biggest cement company at Northfleet using world renowned chalk on the banks of the Thames Estuary that the early Romans favoured.


contemporary sea shanties

Local estuary musicians perform contemporary sea shanties inspired by their life next to this ever changing channel of water.

24th September : 2pm-4pm : 6pm-8pm : FREE
(includes book relay readings - see listings)
St. Botolphs Church, Northfleet

28th September : 7.30pm - 9pm : FREE
St. Botolphs Church, Northfleet

1st October : 2pm-3pm : 6pm-7pm : FREE
No.84 Eatery, Gravesend

public book reading

19th September : 11am-5pm : FREE
No.84 Eatery, Gravesend

24th September : 10am-2pm : 4pm-6pm : FREE
(includes contemporary sea shanties - see listings)
St. Botolphs Church, Northfleet

1st October : 11am-2pm : 3pm-6pm : FREE
(includes contemporary sea shanties - see listings)
No.84 Eatery, Gravesend

A marathon reading relay of Holding the Fort by Michael of Sealand.
'The extraordinary true story of piracy, violence and starting our own country on a fortress island in international waters'. 

The reading took place in a beautiful 14th century church.

Holding The Fort was written by Prince Michael of Sealand, the true story of his unbelievable adventures over the last 50 years on Sealand. The book uncovers the truth behind Michael's kidnap by armed terrorists, his family setting up their own island nation, government sieges, top secret government documents and multiple attempts to bring an end to the Sealand dream. The book includes previously unseen photos from his family's personal collection.

“The story of Sealand is stranger than fiction, better than Hollywood and more surreal than Dali” - Ben Fogle (Adventurer, author and broadcaster)


walks and talks

A series of bizarre illustrated talks and walks about the eccentric histories of the estuarine towns of Gravesend and Northfleet by local vivacious historian Christoph Bull. 

The Real Life and Death of Pocahontas in Gravesend : walk
17th September : 2.30pm : Towncentric, Gravesend : £4

Northfleet’s Secret History : illustrated talk
24th September : 11am : Towncentric, Gravesend : £4

The Only One That Got Away - A Remarkable Adventure Story from World War One : illustrated talk
29th September : 7pm : St. Botolphs Church, Northfleet : £4

Gravesend - Heritage Quarter Tour with supper : walk + meal
26th September : 7pm : Three Daws Pub, Gravesend : £15 including meal

Dock to Clock - Gravesend Victorian Architecture : walk
30th September : 11am : Old Court House, Gravesend : FREE

Northfleet’s Uncovered Past : walk
2nd October : 2.30pm : St. Botolphs Church, Northfleet : £4

17-24th September : FREE

Eben-Hauzer Brussel, Standard Quay, Faversham, Kent ME13 7BS

Exhibiting on her wide beam barge Eben-Hauzer Brussel and currently working on a variety of collaborative projects including She Shanties, an art performance trio that explores the concept of working women and the issues of the daily grind. Performs as part of the trio Roaring Fanny Productions ‘Esther Estuary’ exploring stereotypes via the creation of a variety of characters. Celebrating the absurdity of human behaviour juxtaposed with influences from Theatre De Grotesque. Current sculptural work is inspired by the writings of American Author' Henry James'. Exploring through an internal dialogue the origins of perceptions of a stereotypical 'working class man'. Discussing the anchorage of thoughts and the fragility of identity when realising the bizarreness of their foundations.

What is RouteStock?…

RouteStock is about exploring routes to uncover the roots of our fellow human in the streets we inhabit. In our modern global village we know everything about the person on the other side of the world and very little about the person next door.

Our aim is to collect and share the lives of our local people using the medium of video, stills, sound and projection, individually and collectively, with the hope that we will get to know each other better and understand the diverse diaspora in our town.

For more information and booking:
t. @RouteStock_org


Friday 16th September 2016 to
Thursday 29th September 2016
11:00 - 16:00


Various venues in Northfleet, Gravesend and Faversham

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