And burned is Apollo’s laurel bough’ – Dr Faustus
The death of Christopher Marlowe is one of the most fascinating if disturbing stories in the history of English literature, a tragedy more purgative than cathartic. Though Marlowe was murdered by government agents in a government safehouse in Deptford Strand, it was misrepresented as a pub brawl, a myth that persists to this day.
Join poet, walking artist and psychohistorian Niall McDevitt for a thoroughgoing exploration of the story, and immersion in Elizabethan history, with a stunning riverside backdrop.
We will begin at Island Gardens at the so-called ‘Omphalos’ of the Isle of Dogs; walk under the Thames – yes! – to Greenwich Palace; visit the site of Marlowe’s death and coroner’s inquest; and see his burial place in a pauper’s grave in Deptford Green.
We will finish by discussing the 1001 Marlowe conspiracy theories in a Wetherspoon pub in Surrey Quays – hopefully without any poets being murdered.
Meeting at Island Gardens DLR station 2pm. The walk will last three hours and finish at Surrey Quays London Overground station. £10.