Homo sapiens speedwelli is a rare but distinctive species, and has been identified in a variety of habitats - from broadleaf woodland to estuary foreshore to municipal library, with distribution across London and the UK according to season and possibility. See below for a list of expected appearances and past sightings.

Messages may be conveyed via:

Speedwell speed-dial line: 07986 776488

Email: g. speedwell@yahoo.co.uk 
(Please write something relevant in the subject heading so that genuine
correspondence can be distinguished from electronic weeds!)

Please note however that Germander Speedwell can not be found on Facebook or in any other artificially cultivated or externally controlled environments - Germander is a wildflower, after all. Germander can however be tentatively found on Twitter (as GermanderS), as she is rather partial to birdsong; her call pattern can be identified by occasional bursts of original melody rather than constant territorial chirping.

Expected Appearances:

Wednesday April 10, 2019:
Germander will read some of her curious list poems; other wordy or musical performers are
Zolan Quobble, Bypass Now Open, and Jean Penne. Doors open 7.30pm, acts start 8pm. Admission £7 / concessions £4. Address: 42-44 Pollard Row, London E2 6NB
More info at: www.klinkerclub.com

Past Sightings:

Surrey Docks Farm - Piecing Together Our Past
Germander devised and led this Heritage Lottery funded project in 2016-17 to explore the history of the Farm's site between 1883-1940, when it was a smallpox and fever receiving station, until destroyed in the Blitz. See the results at www.surreydocksfarm.org.uk/piecing-together-past

Shorelines Literature Festival, part of Estuary 2016 Festival
A reading of Estuary-related pieces at this weekend festival of writing and art related to the Thames Estuary, held at the Tilbury Cruise Terminal. Organised by Metal - listings here: www.estuaryfestival.com/event/detail/shorelines.html

Museum of Curiosities II, Gatehouse Arts, Harlow, Essex
An exhibition of curious collections, and responses by artists, held in May-June 2014, which included a couple of works by Germander. Download the catalogue here: Front page and Back page.

Surrey Docks Farm - Heritage Project
Germander devised and led this Heritage Lottery funded project in 2013-14 to research, survey and interpret the fascinating history of the farm's site. See the website for the results: www.surreydocksfarm.org.uk/history-trail. Germander continues to give tours and presentations on the site's history to various groups, including recently the Rotherhithe and Bermondsey Local History Society and the Southwark and Lambeth Archaeological Society. Contact Germander at heritage@surreydocksfarm.org.uk for enquiries.

Tides of Change exhibition as part of Kent Coastal Week, Oct/Nov 2013
An exhibition of artworks about the Thames and Medway, from writing to sculpture to film, on board the LV21 Lightship on Gillingham Pier, including excerpts from Germander's Thames Estuary pieces.

Archway With Words Festival
A second reading of the Second Chance project pieces, as part of this Archway literary and language festival in September 2013. http://archwaywithwords.com/super-saturday-spectacular

Second Chance: A Double-take in Couplets
This was a 4-month 'Hostings' residency in Second Chance charity shop in Archway, part of A Million Minutes, organised by Islington Council and supported by Arts Council England. Between September 2012 and January 2013 Germander explored and worked with the staff of this popular and unique charity shop, to write and present a series of verses about her findings. Full details on the Second Chance page.

Thames Estuary Salon, Chalkwell Hall, Chalkwell, Essex
Part of the series of 'Salon' literary events curated by Rachel Lichtenstein, this evening organised by Metal Culture at Chalkwell Hall in July 2012 included presentations from a mix of artists and authors using text to explore the Thames Estuary, including artist/curator Frances Lord, artist/writer Stephen Turner, photographer Simon Fowler, Germander Speedwell and members of the Estuary Project.

Surrey Docks Farm
Germander was Writer-in-Residence at this city farm in Rotherhithe in 2010-11, producing a booklet of her work, and then in 2012 winning a placement on the Vodafone World of Difference scheme to organise related events and a natural history survey. See full details on the Surrey Docks Farm  page.

The Shipping News Room
A project for Art at the Centre, Swale Borough Council, which involved Germander setting up a ship-spotting and boat-noting project in a converted shipping container in the town of Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, in winter 2012. Full details are on the Shipping News Room page.

Wayward Walks
Germander leads guided walks featuring curiosities of language and image in the City of London, and street art and curiosities in Kennington. See the Wayward Walks page.

Dockyard Dictionary walks at the Museum in Docklands
Germander led wordy wanders for the Museum of Docklands for World Poetry Day in March 2010, linking curiosities found around West India Dock with her spoken word pieces on strange ship names, curious cargoes, strange occupations and odd dockyard language.

Soundings from the Estuary
An in-depth project exploring the Thames Estuary and its language. See the Thames Estuary page.

Atlantic Basin Project
Germander is one of the artists featured on the Atlantic Basin Project, based in Newfoundland and launched in December 2007. See www.atlanticbasinproject.com .

The Sea Sheppey Maritime Festival
Annual weekend heritage festival on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent - participated in 2005, 2006, 2007 - see the Depictions page for photos and details.

Performance venues
Appearances at various performance venues such as Word Geometry in Tooting, The Klinker, the Bonnington and the Vortex, London Canal Museum, St Ives Arts Club, as well as various Thames-moored waterborne venues.

Resonance FM 104.4fm - several guest appearances on London's art radio station, including:
Jubilate Agno - reading on Resonance FM 104.4fm:
A recording of this epic poem by Christopher Smart, read by Frank Key of Hooting Yard with Germander Speedwell. Originally broadcast on Resonance FM on December 27, 2007 (the first ever complete reading of this work?), it is still available to listen to as a podcast. Christopher Smart was an 18th C religious poet, who wrote this bizarre, all-encompassing and sometimes unintentionally hilarious epic while in a period of madness.
  Read Frank Key's article and listen to links at the Public Domain Review.
  Go to http://podcasts.resonancefm.com/archives/877 to hear it in podcast form.
  Or go to the Internet Archive, for a review and downloads:
  Read about it here:
SW1 Radio - Passport show
Guest appearances on SW1 Radio's 'habitat for the unexpected' - the Passport world music show, hosted by Phil Hogg.   


Germander Speedwell's Wayward World of Wonder

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