Deptford Literature Festival: When The Tide Goes Out
with Ella Frears

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

BSL Interpreted.

A bright yellow banner with pinks and blue circles and a blue dotted river shape. On the top left reads Deptford Literature Festival and in the middle is a photo of Ella Frears.

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.

– This event is BSL interpreted.

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

Deptford Literature Festival COVID-19 Protocols

Please take a look at the Festival’s current COVID-19 Protocols:

Any changes to these will be communicated with all ticket bookers and on the page itself.

Free bursary places 

If you are a Lewisham resident and are unable to afford the price of this ticket, we have a number of free bursary places available by application by Monday 14 February, 9am. You can find out more and apply here:

About Deptford Literature Festival 

Deptford Literature Festival takes place on Saturday 19 March 2022 and celebrates the diversity and creativity of Deptford and Lewisham through words, stories and performance. It is run as a collaboration between producer Tom MacAndrew and Spread the Word.

You can find out more about Deptford Literature Festival at:

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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