A Day at the Beach in Whitechapel

Sunday 22 August, 2010 - 5pm

Until 5pm

No booking required.

Altab Ali Park, Whitechapel High Street

Take a trip to Scrivener’s Cove, a little-known writers’ and readers’ retreat that appears intermittently in cities such as London. Bring along a picnic and beach towel, a novel or biography and amble to Altab Ali Park, just across the road from the Whitechapel Gallery, for an afternoon of writerly r&r.

Activities include literary volleyball, where teams of writers with contrary agendas battle it out on a paper ‘court’; a snack bar purveying books, magazines and fanzines with a seaside aroma; a rack of magically transportative postcards; crafted crustaceans; a rockpool of authors’ epigraphs; a crop of vhs seaweed; art publication sandcastles, and beachcombing for holiday novels.

The first literary volleyball match pitches Stewart Home and the Semina Experimental Fiction Team against Simon Bill and Sally O’Reilly, after which the court will be open to all comers. Winner stays on.

The Rockpool has been cultivated by Sally O’Reilly and Francis Upritchard.

Crustaceans and other beach flourishes have been brilliantly crafted and generously donated by Linda Bevan, Mel Brimfield, Patricia Chi, Fay Heap, Caro Howell, Hayley Newman, Ben Roberts, Rupert Scott, Nicola Sim and Frederika Whitehead.

If the weather is rotten the beach will relocate to the Creative Studio in Whitechapel Gallery. Visas for travel to Scrivener’s Cove may be collected from the gallery information desk.

Supported by Stanley Picker Trust.

Image: Beach at Jürmala, Latvia, c. 1971
Photographer unknown



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