Pages of the Sea

On 11 November 2018, communities will gather on beaches across the UK and Republic of Ireland to say thank you and goodbye.

Film-maker Danny Boyle invites you to join him in marking 100 years since Armistice and the end of the First World War. Pages of the Sea is a unique moment to say goodbye, together, to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.

You’re invited to beaches across the UK where, over the course of several hours, a portrait of an individual from the First World War will emerge from the sand. And then, as the tide rises, watch as it’s washed away as we take a moment to say a collective goodbye.

National Theatre of Scotland will be leading events at six beaches across Scotland: St  Ninian’s  Isle  beach  in  Shetland,  West  Sands  in  St  Andrews,  Scapa  beach  in  Orkney,  Ayr  beach,  Roseisle beach Moray  Firth  and  Culla  Bay  beach  on  the  isle  of  Benbecula  in  the  Outer  Hebrides. In addition to the large-scale sand art, the public will be asked to join in by creating silhouettes of people in the sand, remembering the millions of lives lost or changed forever by the conflict.

Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem especially for the moment, to be read by individuals, families and communities on the day.

Please select the location nearest to you below for more information:


Locations in Scotland

St Andrews

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Isle of Benbecula

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Commissioned by 14-18 NOW in partnership with National Trust, Activate Performing Arts, Creative Foundation, Eden Project, National Theatre Scotland, Nerve Centre, Sunderland Culture and Swansea Council.

Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund, and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

With additional support from Backstage Trust, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) and National Rail.

The Wound In Time

Read The Wound In Time, a new poem by Carol Ann Duffy to mark the centenary of Armistice. The poem can be read by individuals, families and the community on beaches across the UK and the Republic of Ireland on 11 November.

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