A Sleepwalk on the Severn: Alice Oswald

A Sleepwalk on the Severn: Alice Oswald

“This is not a play. This is a poem in several registers”

This poem was written for the Severn Project 2009.

It was developed in a series of workshops with other artists working on the Project .

It was:

  • published as a book by Faber and Faber in 2009
  • performed live in venues around the estuary throughout 2010
  • broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on 10 March 2011 (Link)


“Award- winning poet, Alice Oswald’s extraordinary evocation of the experience of moonrise over the Severn Estuary. Its subject is moonrise which happens five times in different forms: new moon, half moon, full moon, no moon and moon reborn. Various characters, some living some dead, all based on real people from the Severn catchment, talk towards the moment of moonrise and are changed by it.” (source)

The tides of the estuary are a key motif in the play.

Released as a BBC Penguin Audio Book here

LJump to the generic place marker on the SEAA map here

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