Clare Smith and Joanna Jones will be giving the DAD SEND OFF from Shakespeare Beach to the walk : Walking in My Sisters’ Footsteps

The Walk, the inspiration of Audrey Green Oakes, is part of the curated strand of the Folkestone Triennial Fringe Programme. It is a durational, participative project inspired by East Kent Suffragists who walked Kent’s Pilgrim’s Way, campaigning for the right to vote. The project combines walking, talking and connecting with an ancient landscape while carrying the weight of history and looking to an uncertain future. Where have we been, where are we now and where are we going?

Sat 6 Sep | Dover to Folkestone

10.00 SEND OFF by Dover Arts Development at Shakespeare Beach, Dover CT17 9EQ. Walking: difficult

14.00 STOP OFF at Artist Helen Lindon’s studio 23 Wear Bay Road, Folkestone. Refreshments & chance to join The Walk.

15.00 WALK OFF from Wear Bay Road to Folkestone Harbour. Walking: easy

16.00 FINISH OFF beside True Briton, Harbour St CT20 1QN with with spoken word performance by poets, Fabulous Females

Sun 7 Sep | Summerhouse Hill to Postling 10.00 meet at Summerhouse Hill OSGB36 10.30 – 12.30 Walk to the village of Postling

What do women talk about when they walk in their sisters’ footsteps?

“Women on the road, coming out of every town and village”

In 1913 the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies marched to London to highlight the work of “peaceful, law-abiding Suffragists”. A year later WW1 was declared, the societies suspended and it wasn’t until 1928 all women gained the vote. The marchers intention wasn’t for everyone to walk the whole route – some did, other joined for short periods – and in this fashion artists associated with Folkestone Fringe have already walked parts of the route between Stowting and Wye and Dover and Capel-le-Ferne.

Folkestone Fringe invites women and girls to join the walk on Saturday September 6th and Sunday September 7th. For more information visit and to book your place on the walk e-mail Audrey Green Oakes