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Uncanny Waters

  • The Social 5 Little Portland Street London, England, W1W 7JD United Kingdom (map)

An evening of spoken word, film and music about life and death by coasts and canals.

Three writers and a filmmaker will share their recent work about coastlines, looking at the psychology of life beside the water and its impact on our memories, emotions and sense of history.


Gary Budden is the author of Hollow Shores (Dead Ink, 2017). This collection blends the traditions of weird fiction and landscape writing in an interlinked set of stories from the emotional geographies of London, Kent, Finland and a place known as the Hollow Shore.

'Greenteeth' is a film by Adam Scovell based on a story from Hollow Shores. It follows the gradual disintegration of a girl living on a canal boat in Kensal Green as the folklore of Jenny Greenteeth begins to manifest through her social problems.

Gary will read from Hollow Shores and show the film.


Paul Scraton is the author of Ghosts on the Shore (Influx Press, 2017) about his walks on Germany’s Baltic coast. A place of escape, of carefree summer holidays, of spa towns and health retreats. A place where some of the darkest stories of 20th Century German history played out. Paul Scraton recounts his travels from Lübeck to the Polish border on the island of Usedom, an area central to the mythology of a nation and bearing the heavy legacy of trauma.

Eymelt Sehmer has made a short film inspired by Paul’s book, a beautifully-shot atmospheric evocation of the Baltic coastal landscape.


Gareth is author of The Stone Tide (Influx Press, 2018) a memoir set in Hastings in which the author is beset by memories of his best friend’s tragic death as he walks a coastline battered by extreme weather in an epoch of climate change. Convinced that apocalypse approaches and his past is out to get him, Rees embarks on a journey away from his family, deep into history and to the very edge of the imagination.

Gareth has also collaborated with James Weaver, a member of local improv band The Warrior Squares, on ‘U118’, a 20-minute musical piece about the U-Boat which washed up in Hastings in 1919 – a combination of spoken word, guitar and electronics.

£8 entry.


Earlier Event: February 24
Faversham Literary Festival w/Justin Hopper
Later Event: March 2
Uncanny Coasts