Breakwater & Friends of Lesnes Abbey & Woods

Reimagining the Great Tide with artist collective Breakwater (Youngsook Choi & Taey Iohe)

Artist collective Breakwater (Youngsook Choi & Taey Iohe) led a guided-walk and creative writing workshop through Lesnes Abbey Woods, where they worked alongside participants to speculate on human life in the aftermath of a Great Flood in the year 2053.

The walk began with historic readings from eye-witness accounts of the last Great Flood that took place in 1953 when a huge tidal storm swept up the Thames Estuary causing immense damage and loss of life all the way from Canvey Island to Abbey Wood.

Participants then explored the ancient woodland using historic watermarks found on trees as their guides, and searched for the environmental signs of a future flood, before taking part in a creative writing activity where they collectivley imagined, wrote and shared their own fictional accounts of being the last survivors from an underwater future.