When The Tide Goes Out
with Ella Frears
– A creek walk and poetry workshop

A guided walk & poetry workshop through Deptford Creek with Ella Frears.

a photo of ella frears, a woman in a bright read coat with short very blonde hair, standing in a creek leaning on a large supporting stick

By popular demand, Ella Frears’ poetry and creek walk event is back!

Deptford Creek has a long history of fishing, ship building and dockyards. As the tide falls each day it exposes almost a kilometre of river bed. The waters and muddy banks are home to a variety of wildlife including shrimps, crabs, fish and birds as well as many species of wild flower. We’ll wrap up warm, pull on some waders and take a guided walk through the river, learning about the tides, local history, wildlife and the bizarre objects that are lost and found in Deptford Creek.We’ll then return indoors to write poems using the things we’ve observed, along with anything we can dredge up from our own lives. Waders, waterproofs, sticks and fishing nets will be provided along with cups of tea after the walk. Please note – the first part of this session is weather dependent and may be subject to change.


  • Dress warmly.

  • This event, due to the Creek walk, is not wheelchair accessible and does not have access to accessible toilets.

  • Please bring along some lunch, as it won’t be provided for you. Tea and coffee will be provided.

  • Tickets are only available by pre-booking in advance.

  • Everyone who signs up will be emailed a link to essential information that should be read in advance of the creek walk.

Concessions Policy

  • Please see our concessions policy here. We may ask for proof of your concessionary status.

Free bursary places 

We have 5 free bursary places for this event available to writers who are: 

  • Carers; 

  • Single parents; 

  • Care leavers; 

  • Disabled;
  • Experience of being homeless; 

  • Ex-offenders; 

  • Unemployed;  

  • On a low income either on benefits or a minimum wage zero hours contract. 

If you would like to apply for a bursary place please email [email protected] and mention which category you belong to and why you would like to take part in the day. The deadline is Friday 29 July 2022. We’ll notify bursary applicants with the outcome of their application by Friday 5 August, 5pm. 

About Ella Frears

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Ella Frears is a poet and artist based in Deptford. Her collection Shine, Darling (Offord Road Books) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection and the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry. She’s had work published in The London Review of Books, The Guardian, and The Telegraph among others. Ella has been poet in residence for Tate Britain, the National Trust, Back from the Brink, Royal Holloway University physics department where she was writing about the Cassini Spacecraft, and The John Hansard Gallery. Her poems about the St Ives Modernists are currently on show at Tate St Ives.

Photo of Ella by Etienne Gilfillan


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