Saturday 16 July 2016

A big thank you to those of you who came on Wednesday June 29th and gave so willingly of your time, knowledge,  ideas, creativity and company. For those who couldn't make it, life does get in the way, and we missed you but hope to see you on July 17th. when we will be hosting delegates from the University of Kent symposium"Writing Buildings".

Sunday 17th Sunday 2016

Special events in Margate, Kent.
10:30 A Waste Land walk around Margate

In 1921 T.S Eliot wrote part of ‘The Waste Land’ in Margate whilst recuperating from a nervous breakdown. Join Turner Contemporary’s Waste Land Research Group for a multi-sited reading of the poem responding to the geography of the town. Locating the poem experimentally within the architecture of Margate, passages of ‘The Waste Land’ will be read on a walk exploring participants’ personal connections between the poem, the town and Eliot’s time here.
The Waste Land Research Group is made up of members of the Community working with Turner Contemporary to develop the gallery’s first major exhibition of 2018, A Journey with ‘The Waste Land’, which will explore the connections between the poem and the visual arts. Walking is being developed as a research method for understanding how the poem can be rooted experientially within the town.
The walk will start with an introduction to the project by external curator Professor Mike Tooby and end at Turner Contemporary in order to view work made by Community groups who have responsed to the poem as part of a related project ‘On Margate Sands’.​
for more about this walk


Yesterday we walked in quite unfavourable weather, which is probably a good thing as who knows what will happen on the day. There are 10 locations which I had linked to the poem, many of these links came about as a result of the walks we have engaged in since last November. Yesterday the  walking group walked to these and tested them out by reading the sections at the site and discussing afterwards. There was a general consensus that these worked well. After the walk we had a cup of tea (courtesy of lovely Margaret, thank you.) and discussed the way forward.

I am presently undertaking a residency at Sun Pier house gallery in Chatham and am using this opportunity to experiment with documenting the walk. Please feel free to visit. 

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