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Uncanny Waters

  • Electric Palace 39a High Street Hastings, England, TN34 3ER United Kingdom (map)

Uncanny Waters: 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

Gary Budden is the author of Hollow ShoresThis 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.

You can view the film here:

Gary will read from Hollow Shores and show the film.

PAUL SCRATON & EYMELT SEHMER

Paul Scraton is the author of Ghosts on the Shore 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.

Paul will read from his book and Eymelt will show her film.

GARETH E. REES

Gareth is author of The Stone Tide 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.

Gareth will read from his book and perform a spoken word/music piece

Q&A

After the films, readings and music, there will be a Q&A/ audience discussion with the four participants about the themes and ideas raised.

Total running time for the event will be 2 hours, including the Q&A

Earlier Event: February 28
Uncanny Waters