The Whale Transported to The Royal Naval College at Cutty Sark by Lemn Sissay

Lemn SissayBy Lemn Sissay, GDIF writer in residence


The Greenwich whale will  be  open to public view on  the lawns of the Royal Naval College where it will remain until 29 June as part of Greenwich Fair. Since fourteenth century  whales beached in Great Britain are the property of The Queen.  The oil from the Sperm Whale located mainly in its head was  used as fuel to light up the Victorian streets of London.

Today a spectacular festival of street theatre begins. Also there’s The Greenwich Fair at Cutty Sark Gardens and Island Fair at Island Gardens. Both are Free.  And tonight another breathtaking performance  As The World Tipped  by Wired Ariel Theatre takes place at The National Maritime Museum. I’ll be at the Festival all day and all night. Find me at The mobile Library near the Whale. I’ll be writing there all day.

Lemn Sissay is our writer in residence at GDIF and he will be around throughout.

Browse our full Festival programme including our Greenwich Fair and Island Fair  event listings and meet Lemn at the Festival from Fri 21-Sun 23!


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