Time and Tide: Greenwich


Making a living on or by the sea – fishermen and pirates, wreckers and dockers – making a new life across the sea – escaping pogroms and wars, the shipwrecked and the endlessly travelling – to paddlers and wild swimmers.

from Nautical Twilight (16.33) until High Tide (21:18) 21st December 2019

catch the videos of the performance

Readings by Katy Darby, Carrie Cohen, Saul Reichlin, Patsy Prince, Chukwudi Onwere and Grace Cookey-Gam

BSL interpreted for the first half – we had hoped to interpret  the whole event, but were unable to find an interpreter for the evening.



Original Songs

Migrants by Kevan Taplin
Scarborough Street by Chip Wilson performed by the London Sea Shanty Collective who also performed appropriate traditional shanties alongside particular stories/poems.


Arrival by Valerie Bence
Casting a Daughter Adrift by Emma Lee
Church Mary Sounds the Sea by Jenny Mitchell
City of Water by JN Nucifera
Crossing the Black Water by Reshma Ruia
Delivery by Holly Blades
False Light by John Richardson
First Light by Laura Potts
Fisherman’s Daughter by Claire Booker
Frocks of Passage by Mandy Macdonald
Half A Dozen Oranges by Mandy Macdonald
Hawser by Sarah Tait
How Women Came to Tristan da Cunha by Claire Booker
I Nearly Drownded, Daddy by Vivien Jones
Modality by Julie Laing (film)
Napoleon by Nick Westerman
Of Grainne Mhaille by Thomas Tyrrell
On a Day Like This by Savanna Evans
Open Water by Philip Hewitson and Susan Cartwright-Smith (film)
Overlord with Declan by Elizabeth Parker
Points of Interest by Olivia Dawson
Sea Lessons by Ness Owen
The Arctic Diaries: Bird Wife by Melissa Davies
The Arctic Diaries: Halibut by Melissa Davies
The Arctic Diaries: Lookout Men by Melissa Davies
The Arctic Diaries: Værøy by Melissa Davies
The Sinking of Mrs Margaret Brown by Michelle Penn
The Watchers by Elizabeth Parker
When You Regret Wishing for Something Thrilling by Emma Lee


A Madras Crossing by Elizabeth Hopkinson
Ballast by Diana Powell
Diaspora by Neil Lawrence
Fisherfolk by Juliet Humphreys
Hingland by Pauline Walker
Listen, Noah’s Wife by Roppotucha Greenberg
Remittance by Kilmeny MacMichael
Sea Change by Diana Powell
The Fisherman’s Wife by Linda McMullen
The Surgeon’s Mate by Maria Kyle
The Wreck of the Kyllikki by Cindy George
Turquoise by Sheila Lockhart

Supported using public funding from Arts Council England

and private funding from 50 crowdfunders, and Arachne Press.