Part of ESTAURY 2016 - Sixteen days of art, literature, music and film curated in response to the spectacular Thames Estuary. An eclectic programme of exhibitions, performance, conference and events pulls together powerful themes resonant to the place, its landscape, and communities.
JUSTIN HOPPER - Public Record: Estuary - talk and walk
Meet outside Leigh Community Centre at 1pm
Justin Hopper is an American writer based in Essex. He creates poetry and nonfiction projects inspired by landscape, memory and myth. Poetry projects include the site-specific audio recordings I Made Some Low Inquiries, released by Eighth Climate Records, and the Public Record and Ley Line series. A nonfiction book, The Old Weird Albion, prose explorations of the spirit of the landscape, is published in September by Penned In The Margins.
Public Record Estuary is an audio poetry project that explores the land- and seascape of Leigh-on-Sea by creating poetry from 19th-century newspaper reports of minor shipwrecks in the estuary.
The talk will discuss the methods used to create the piece - sampling and 'cutting up' the historical archive, site-specific poetry and reimagining today's landscape by haunting it with the past.
The walk will trod the loop mapped by the original audio piece, with live readings, recordings and new work based on the piece's methods performed on location.