Presented By Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

The Weavers of Woolwich

Written by Bernardine Evaristo

Friday 28 August, 8.30-10:30pm

Type: Installation, Spectacle


This specially written piece of prose/poetry from Booker Prize Winner Bernardine Evaristo will be revealed for the first time on the pages of a giant illuminated book created by Huddersfield-based Impossible Arts.

Conceived as a people’s history, The Weavers of Woolwich celebrates the spirit and resilience of the diverse communities who have made Woolwich their home. Woolwich’s very own Laureate Bernardine Evaristo, grew up in Woolwich and was particularly inspired by her experiences at Greenwich Young People’s Theatre (now Tramshed) as a young woman. Recalling this, the soundtrack will feature the voices of local residents as part of an engagement project led by Tramshed, with an inspiring soundscape by composer Roma Yagnik. The Weavers of Woolwich can be heard again on Sunday 30 August at Dial Arch Square, where it will accompany weaving installations by local community groups.


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You can watch The Weavers of Woolwich film below.

Watch the full film


“We are the weavers of Woolwich building on the past 
as we work towards a fairer future for everyone 
we have come so far already, we will keep our dreams alive 
as we move into the future” 

Listen to the soundtrack here.

Soundtrack by Roma Yagnik featuring Dr. Bageshree Gune.

See the full text here.


Site Access

There is step-free access to the performance locations.

Viewing area

A priority area for disabled audiences will be marked with a sign or flag. Space for wheelchair users, and a variety of seating options will be available. GDIF volunteers will offer directions from Woolwich Arsenal.

Blue badge parking

Blue Badge parking is available near and around the town centre as well as at Powis Street & Tesco Car Park.

Accessible Toilets

There are accessible toilets at Beresford Square and Vincent Road public toilets in Woolwich.

Photo route

A photo route to General Gordon Square can be found here.

Contact Alex if you have any Access questions: | 07899 893 935

Show Access


Large-print and Easy Read versions of the festival brochure will be available to download in advance or to pick up on the day.

An Audio brochure and BSL interpreted brochure can be found here.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible | Audio Described | Digital Access Available

What to expect: Sensory Spectacle | Family Friendly

View the BSL interpreted description and Audio Description of the installation here.

Where to find it

The Weavers of Woolwich will be performed at General Gordon Square, Woolwich, London, SE18 6FH.

About the artist

British writer Bernardine Evaristo is the award-winning author of eight books, and was the first ever Woolwich Laureate as part of Woolwich Cultural Destinations.  Bernardine’s novel  Girl, Woman, Other  won the Booker Prize 2019, and in 2020, the British Book Award’s Author of the Year, Fiction Book of the Year, and the Indie Book Award for Fiction.

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