Winter Festival 2016

The Dead Poets Social Club

Monday 5 – Wednesday 7 December (2016)

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

PRICE: Tickets: £12

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Chris McCabe Poet
Nick Murray Viola

I think of the close reading and transfixed husbandry Chris McCabe brings to his task of subtle recovery, his passage among the suburban dead. This is a fine, achieved work, close-woven, elusive, engaged.” Iain Sinclair

Poet, librarian and literary investigator Chris McCabe is on a mission to discover one great, lost poet in the Victorian cemeteries of London – from Nunhead to West Norwood, and Highgate to Abney Park. For the Winter Festival, Chris has turned his attention to the beautiful Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in Mile End, shedding new light on poets including Henry James and Shakespeare as well as unearthing four lost poets amongst the overgrown paths and fallen headstones.

Join Chris and special guests for a nocturnal walking tour like no other. In one of east London’s most atmospheric landscapes, witness a ritual awakening of voices lost to history through poetry, live strings and a disembodied essay.

Please arrive by 7.00pm at the Southern Grove entrance to the Park – parking in the area is extremely limited so we recommend using public transport. Please see the map for the best route on foot from Mile End station to the entry point. It will take around 5 minutes.

Presented by Penned in the Margins

Approximate running times: 60 minutes (no interval)

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Venue information

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Southern Grove
E3 4PX

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Underground & DLR

Mile End (6 mins)
Bow Road (11 mins)
Devons Road DLR (15 mins)
Walking times are given in brackets.


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