Saturday 22nd May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021


A number of publications will emerge from the work of Estuary 2021 commissioned artists, working with different sites and communities across the Thames Estuary region.

The Water Replies: Notes on Teaching Contemporary Poetry

From our work with primary and secondary school teachers as part of The Water Replies a new publication has been launched as a call to action to young people across South Essex and North Kent to try their hand at a poetic response to life by the river that we all share.

The Water Replies: Notes on Teaching Contemporary Poetry is free to all, to download as a PDF.  We also invite schools and teachers to get in touch to receive printed copies of the book that is full of tips, provocations and examples to inspire and bring out the poet in all of us.

To accompany the book, we have also put together an online collection of worksheets, poems and teaching resources suitable for a broad range of ages, subjects and abilities.

- To download our free resources (PDF version of the book and our online worksheets), click here.
- To attend our launch of the printed book (12 Jan 2020) and register your interest in receiving a hard copy - click here.
- To get involved with our poetry call-out and have your students' work exhibited at Estuary 2021 in May/June 2021, click here.

If you are not a teacher or young person, but would still like to take part, we'd also really love to hear from you.  Please do download the book and send us your poetry to share.

Many thanks in advance - we can't wait to read them. 

Sutton Manor

Sutton Manor (pictured above, photo by Jonathan Juniper) is one of the oldest houses in Southend. Historic and imposing it was built in 1681 but now sits alone and isolated behind perimeter fencing on MOD land at Shoeburyness.

As a Grade II* listed structure, the house is protected heritage. However, its situation means that it is beyond the reach of public attention and use. Not many people even know the house is there. Very little information exists in the public realm about the history of this house; who lived in it; why it was built; what was the community that surrounded it 340 years ago.

It is a seemingly suspended place – in time, in history, with its future unwritten.  Estuary 2021 has commissioned four contemporary writers, Amina Atiq, Season Butler, Alison Moore and Martha Pailing to create new work in response to this intriguing estuary site and history.

A site visit was all set with the MOD for Tuesday 24 March 2020 for all four writers to visit, then the first Covid-19 Lockdown was announced by the Prime Minister at 8pm on Monday 23 March, meaning that visit was unable to take place.

This added an interesting further layer of remoteness and inaccessibility for the writers, whose resulting responses will be published in Spring 2021 with accompanying live readings.


Saturday 22nd May 2021 to
Sunday 13th June 2021


South Essex & North Kent

Estuary 2021 is made possible by

Principal Partners

creative-estuary   ace

Major Partners

ecc uok thurrock thames_gateway selep medway  thames estuary   ebbsfleet    mayor locatekent kentcc gravesham uoe bas_coun   south_coun Here for Culture

Commissioning Partners

book_fest community_fund heritage_fund creative_coast bexleysalford fpg lesnes Essex2020Logo

Festival Partners

arts_human uni_south uni_oxford uni_glas send_pier pla opp_se henley c2c roh southeastern

Festival Supporters

essex_diversity   raddison   uber