Archive for 2015

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Devastation near Faversham – a review of Brian Dillon’s “The Great Explosion” »

July 8th, 2015 | Posted in: Articles General, Heritage & History, Sheppey

Open this book at random and you might imagine it to be another example of the new nature writing. Dillon makes generous concessions to the genre, and not just in his description of the explosive ripples caused by a darting insect known as the pond-skater (helpfully identified as Gerris lacustri). Yet a stricter naturalist may still wonder when he lists so general a creature as “the woodpecker” among the birds to be found at the watery woodside to which he has brought us. Who is this unexpected guide, standing there with his old three-speed bicycle and an equally archaic Rolleiflex camera in his hand? …

“A Secret Life: Uwe Johnson in Sheerness” »

May 6th, 2015 | Posted in: News and Previews

Hailed by Gunter Grass as the most important novelist from the old GDR, Uwe Johnson (1934-1984)chose to spend the last ten years of his life living in Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent. Why and with what consequences?

The Piano Man – no ordinary scrounger »

May 6th, 2015 | Posted in: Articles General, Found Objects, Sheppey

Shortly after midnight on April 7, 2005, a young blond-haired man wearing a dark suit and white shirt was found wandering, dripping wet and distressed near a beach at Minster on the Isle of Sheppey in North Kent…