Pages of the Sea

On November 11, 2018, the public is invited to Danny Boyle’s Pages of the Sea. The commission for 14-18 NOW will see communities gather on beaches across the UK to say thank you and goodbye to the millions of men and women who left their shores during the war, many never to return.

Nerve Centre will be leading events at Murlough Beach, Co. Down on Sunday, November 11. Each event centres around the drawing of a large-scale portrait of a casualty from the First World War, designed by sand artists Sand In Your Eye, which will be washed away as the tide comes in. In addition, 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. 

Poet Carol Ann Duffy has been invited by Boyle to write a new poem, which will be read by individuals, families and communities as they gather on beaches on November 11. Copies of the poem will be available at the beaches around the UK for those who wish to come together or to offer their own personal contribution.


You can also take part online. Discover other individuals who left their shores. See their faces and find out who they were. Those from your community, those who shared your name. You can even add your own image of someone from the First World War from your own family or community and say a personal goodbye.

Other locations to be confirmed.

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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.

Event Details


Murlough Beach
BT33 0NQ


Sunday, November 11, 2018 (All day)

Tickets and further information

This event is non-ticketed and open to the general public.