The Odd Guides

A new series of printed guides that will capture an eclectic and multi-layered perspective of the Lower Lea Valley through the eyes of local teenagers

The Leaway is a new route being developed along the River Lea that will connect the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to the Royal Docks and the River Thames. Areas of the river will be made fully accessible to the public for the first time.

At this time of dramatic change for east London Create will work with artists and people living locally to understand the important contribution the Lea has made to the lives of Londoners.

In summer 2015, teenagers from the Lower Lea Valley and artists Leigh Clarke, Dash N’ Dem and Gayle Chong Kwan made alternative guides to the Leaway.  This series of Odd Guides will be launched in March 2017.  Part artwork, part trail and part map, each will capture an eclectic and multi-layered perspective of the Lower Lea Valley and the new Leaway route through the eyes of teenagers.

In August 2015 a series of live events took place to explore the incredible natural history of the River Lea; uncover the role of the river in the story of dirt, pollution and sewage in London; pay tribute to the cultural story of east London through Grime music; and share stories of the epic industrial history of the area.

You can find full details of the event programme on the dedicated website.

The Leaway project is being delivered by the London Legacy Development Corporation, London Borough of Newham, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Poplar HARCA, supported by the Mayor of London and Transport for London.