Escaping with Magwitch

Saturday 22nd May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021

Escaping with Magwitch

Artists Carol Donaldson and Stephen Turner will record a conversation at Horrid Hill in the Riverside Country Park in Gillingham, touching on their in-depth knowledge of the fragile edgelands of the North Kent marshes, and the conflicts between marsh dwellers - both human and non-human - and corporate Britain.

This conversation is the precursor to a journey Carol and Stephen will be making in May, after a long winter in lockdown, through remote locations on the North Kent Marshes, surveying the wetlands and wildlife.

Their project, Escaping with Magwitch, named after their small inflatable boat called Magwitch (the prisoner in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations who was imprisoned in a hulk on the Medway Estuary at Stangate Creek), will detail their voyage from the Queen Stairs in the Historic Dockyard at Chatham, to Folly Point, Horrid Hill, Bedlams Bottom, Ladies Hole and Barksore Marsh, all part of the last wilderness in south east England. Their route will be guided by tide and current, and by meetings with marshland dwellers.

See here for more information about the Escaping with Magwitch project.


Saturday 22nd May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021


Riverside Country Park, 333 Lower Rainham Road, Rainham


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