Shorelines: the world's first festival of literature of the sea (15 -17th July, 2011) was hosted by arts organisation Metal and curated by poet Lemn Sissay and Rachel Lichtenstein.

This small, intelligent and thought-provoking festival, celebrated some of the great writing across the ages, that has the sea as a central theme.

The festival was held in a pop up venue in the beautiful location of Chalkwell Park in Essex, overlooking the Thames Estuary.

Throughout this unique three day event a great range of writers, poets and artists from around the world were invited to come and provoke discussion, re-awaken senses, excite the adventurous spirit and discover new and classic texts about the sea. 

Highlights of this very well received festival included: Sri Lankan born artist and writer Roma Tearne, the Nordic prize winning author from Iceland Sjon, the American artist Thomas Joshua Copper, an open air production of The Tempest, Chinese poet Yang Lian, contemporary cult British authors; Iain Sinclair, Jay Griffiths and Robert Macfarlane, a special production of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and an award winning adaptation of Hemingway's world renowned novella The Old Man and the Sea.

For a full programme of events and documentation of Shorelines 2011 click here