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Over the centuries, London displaced everything from sewage to silt to the working poor downstream. How did the Thames Estuary acquire its ‘unlovely reputation’? Written as a love letter to the river, enjoy extracts from Caroline Crampton’s The Way to the Sea and find out more about the forgotten estuary in this Q&A session with festival director Adrian Evans.

Crampton spent her childhood sailing the Thames with her parents and learning to navigate the river’s shipwrecks and sandbanks. The Way to the Sea is a love letter to the river, in particular to its estuary – that unpopulated and wild region beyond London that is often overlooked.

Caroline Crampton is a writer and editor who contributes regularly to the Guardian, the Mail on Sunday and the New Statesman. She has appeared as a broadcaster on Newsnight, Sky News and BBC Radio 4.

This talk and Q&A event is part of The Barking Stink’s public programme. The Barking Stink is a scented heritage project, exploring the industrial history of Barking through its stenches and aromas. Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and in partnership with Valence House Museum.