26th May 1940 – A very tight corner

May 26, 2015

Waves in the sea

     

         For today’s stories from Dunkirk, click here


The Dunkirk Project 2015

April 30, 2015

A 75th Anniversary Edition

Invitation to The Dunkirk Project

In this new edition of The Dunkirk Project for 2015, a fully revised River of Stories will be added live online day-by-day for each of the nine days from Tuesday 26th May 2015 to Wednesday 3rd June, and you’ll be able to read the breaking news as the stories unfold, following some of the people and little ships through the ‘Nine Days Wonder’ that was Dunkirk 1940.  The story continues on 4th June with Beyond Dunkirk.

As well as reading the stories unfolding daily, you are invited to add your own.  Since The Dunkirk Project began in 2010, many thousands of people have visited, and many have contributed their own stories, including a poignant ‘Safely home’ postcard from Jimmy Owen Jones to his wife sent in by Elspeth Owen, and the story of Harry Bennett’s 22nd birthday on the beach at Dunkirk. Highlight contributions can be found on the introduction page here.  Since many of this year’s commemorations are being held in advance of the actual anniversary dates, perhaps you’ll have a story to contribute about one of them, or about the 2015 Return on one of the little ships, or some thoughts about the relevance of these commemorations today.  All contributions are very welcome – for details of the easy ways to add your own story to this ever-growing collection, please see the River of Stories.

Also new for 2015 is a page about the writers whose texts I set in my 17m long book/sculpture Thames to Dunkirk.  Since 2010 I’ve had many enquiries about BG Bonallack, whose gripping poem The Retreat is at the heart of the book, and his family have contributed some fascinating information for BG Bonallack, Virginia Woolf’s diary and the making of Thames to Dunkirk.

Throughout May, until Tuesday 26th, the day pages will be blank, but after that date you’ll be able to access them daily either from links on this page or directly by clicking on the day’s link in the list of pages above left.  The page-by-page unfolding of Thames to Dunkirk remains available throughout:

The Thames is a character in itself, from Chaucer to Conrad and TS Eliot. Writers’ responses to it ebb and flow, feeding it like so many tributaries, sending it off in new directions. And so our perception of our physical geography is shaped.  We all play our part… as artist Liz Mathews has done in Thames to Dunkirk, a 17m-long book containing a watercolour map of the Thames… By using a piece of driftwood as a pen, her work embodies this creative continuum.

Genevieve Fox in The Telegraph, 3rd April 2012

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Thames to Dunkirk by Liz Mathews in the British Library’s 2012 exhibition ‘Writing Britain’

‘I’ve really enjoyed looking at the Thames to Dunkirk installation online – what a unique piece, with the two texts woven together as they are, yet standing jarringly separate – Woolf’s message so raw and abiding.’

Katie Webb, 10th May 2015