Taliesin Live - Pages of the Sea


Pages of the Sea: Danny Boyle

On 11 November 2018, communities will gather on beaches across the UK to say goodbye. Film maker Danny Boyle invites you to join him in marking 100 years since the Armistice and the end of the First World War. Pages of the Sea will be a unique moment to say goodbye, together, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.

On Swansea beach on 11 November, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. We will gather to watch, reflect and say a collective goodbye. As the tide rises at the end of Armistice Day, the portrait will be washed away.

Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem especially for the moment, to be read by individuals, families and communities on the day. 

Here is the schedule of events for Pages of the Sea at Swansea -


You can also take part online. Discover other individuals who left their shores. See their faces and find out who they were. Those from your community, those who shared your name. You can even add your own image of someone from the First World War from your own family or community and say a personal goodbye.

All activities associated with Pages of the Sea are FREE

Get involved and find out more at www.pagesofthesea.org.uk

11 November 2018


Commissioned by 14-18 NOW in partnership with the National Trust, Activate Performing Arts, Creative Foundation, Eden Project, National Theatre Scotland, Nerve Centre, Sunderland Culture & Taliesin in association with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, The Grand Theatre of Lemmings, Magna Vitae, MOSTYN, SeaChange Arts, Swansea Council, Swansea University, Theatre Orchard and Visit Blackpool.

Sand portraits designed by Sand in your Eye.

Supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Big Lottery Fund, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

With additional support from Backstage Trust, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and National Rail.

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14-18 NOW is working with regional partners to deliver workshops and events across the country in the lead up to 11 November 2018. There will be an opportunity for you or your community group to find out more about the people and stories of the First World War in your area; to explore the story of the face being drawn in the sand on your local beach; to create poetry and music to be shared on beaches on the day and to work with artists and writers to explore the themes of the First World War through poetry and art.

If you are interested in getting involved with events and workshops at this beach contact pagesoftheseacymru@gmail.com

More details about the activity happening on Swansea beach on Armistice Day will be made available in early November.


Danny Boyle invited Duffy to write a poem as part of Pages of the Sea, which will see thousands of people gather on beaches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland for an informal, nationwide gesture of remembrance on 11 November 2018. The title of Danny Boyle’s Armistice commemoration Pages of the Sea is inspired by the last line in Duffy’s sonnet, and is commissioned by 14-18 NOW.

The Wound in Time will be read by individuals, families and communities as they gather on beaches on 11 November and is also available online.


It is the wound in Time. The century’s tides, 

chanting their bitter psalms, cannot heal it. 

Not the war to end all wars; death’s birthing place; 

the earth nursing its ticking metal eggs, hatching 

new carnage. But how could you know, brave 

as belief as you boarded the boats, singing? 

The end of God in the poisonous, shrapneled air. 

Poetry gargling its own blood. We sense it was love 

you gave your world for; the town squares silent, 

awaiting their cenotaphs. What happened next? 

War. And after that? War. And now? War. War. 

History might as well be water, chastising this shore; 

for we learn nothing from your endless sacrifice. 

Your faces drowning in the pages of the sea. 


Carol Ann Duffy, 2018