Shorelines 2013

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Dates: Friday 8 – Sunday 10 November 2013
Venue: Festival HQ – Leigh Community Centre, 71-73 Elm Road, SS9 1HT, Leigh on Sea.

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Metal’s Shorelines Festival in 2011 was the first of its kind – a celebration of sea-themed contemporary and classic writing in all its forms. The biennial event returned in 2013 with a fantastic line-up of international authors, poets, artists, storytellers and musicians, bringing texts – old and new – to life.

Metal has created a small, intelligent and thought-provoking festival, curated by acclaimed writer Rachel Lichtenstein. Shorelines takes place in various outdoor and indoor venues at the heart of the fishing community of Leigh-on-sea on the banks of Thames Estuary, at the point where it officially becomes ‘open sea’. This unique festival aims to provoke discussion, re-awaken senses, excite the adventurous spirit and explore new literature about the sea.

Highlights in 2013 include: multi-award winning nature writer Robert Macfarlane (current chair of the Man Booker Prize) on Britain’s most dangerous path, the Broomway; Mercury Award winning folk singer Sam Lee & Friends bringing his own take on sea shanties; cult pop historian Travis Elborough (Wish You Were Here: England on Sea) on the British Seaside; Man Booker shortlisted author Deborah Levy with Swimming Home; a mixed-media installation The SeaWomen of Korea by Greek artist Mikhail Karikis; award winning author and broadcaster Philip Hoare discussing his most recent book The Sea Inside (BBC4 Book of the Week); noir crime fiction author Cathi Unsworth reading from her novel Weirdo, set in a fictional seaside town; a multi-media performance of Swandown with Iain Sinclair, artist Andrew Kötting & musician Jem Finer; French-Norwegian writer and artist Caroline Bergvall (currently exhibited at Tate) with DRIFT, her interpretation of Saxon sea poems; an afternoon of readings and talks by contemporary non-fiction writers exploring the unique landscape of the Thames Estuary, including Ken WorpoleJules Pretty (winner of 2013 Angle Prize) and Greek-based writer Julian HoffmanJane Dolby from the The Fishwives Choir; local author Syd Moore (The Drowning Pool) set in the Essex coastline; an alternative audio walk exploring historical tales from the Estuary by US artist and writer Justin Hopper; films; writing workshops for both children and adults and much more.

Shorelines is made possible with the kind support of Arts Council EnglandSouthend on Sea Borough Council and Leigh Town Council.