Totally Thames.


TFT TALENT development programme

Totally Thames is an annual season of surprising, diverse and accessible arts and culture throughout the month of September. The programme is curated and managed by the Thames Festival Trust, with activity taking place on, beneath, and along the River Thames. The month-long programme runs along the 42-mile stretch of the Thames through working collaboratively with artists, local communities, river interest organisations and businesses. Over summer 2017, Rachel was appointed as a "Boat Poet".

As poet in residence, Rachel was lucky enough to spent time on a variety of different river vehicles thanks to her host organisation Livett's and their sister company Thames Luxury Charters. She also performed at several events including the 10th Anniversary of one of the UK’s leading spoken word nights Tongue Fu.

Rachel used her time on the boats as well as the facilities made available to her at the National Poetry Library to research and write an original commission inspired by her experience. The video below is an abridged version of this commission.

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An incredible celebration, and with something for everyone, it will give all Londoners the opportunity to explore the terrific Thames”
— Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London