The Caught by the River Social Club: January

11 December 2017 // Events

Here follows the details of our first CBTR Social Club of 2018.

A celebration of Liverpool’s mighty river and that which straddles it, Caught by the River Mersey will take place at The Social, Little Portland Street, on Wednesday 17 January. The programme features:

A rare screening of You’ll Never Walk Alone, the cult Liverpool-centric documentary made for French television in 1992, with appearances from Ian McCulloch, Michael and John Head of Shack, Edgar Jones and many other ‘faces’ from the city’s music scene;

A screening of Passing Tides – Roisin Burns’s short film which follows Bill Ryder-Jones (ex of The Coral) around his native Birkenhead;

An In Conversation hosted by Ted Kessler, featuring Roisin and Bill, as well as JD Beauvallet and Paul Fitzgerald, who both appear in You’ll Never Walk Alone.

MC duties, as usual, fall to John Andrews, whilst Diva and Daisy of Caught by the River/Heavenly Recordings are prepped to man the decks.

Tickets cost £7 in advance (+ booking fee) and are available here.


10 December 2017 // Books

Just published…

Tapping into some idea of what an annual might be, or at least look like, this new book is a hardback with printed paper over boards, and uncoated stock. The contributions are from some of the writers, artists, and researchers that Uniform have worked with, or are currently working with, on books and in Uniformagazine.

Contributors: John Bevis, Peter Blegvad, Kevin Boniface, Janet Boulton, Angus Carlyle, J. R. Carpenter, Rebecca Chesney, Les Coleman, Simon Cutts, Caitlin DeSilvey, Michael Hampton, Matthew Kelly, Cathy Lane, Brian Lewis, Phil Owen, Colin Sackett,
Dawn Scarfe, Tim Staples, Gertrude Stein, Erica Van Horn, Ian Waites, Nathan Walker, Tom Wilkinson and Ken Worpole. Ken’s essay is a tribute to the work of John Berger who died in 2017.

124pp, 238 x 168mm, hardback
Price £15.00 Free postage in the UK until the end of the year.
Further details and to order direct

Caught by the River thanks to Ken Worpole

The Unexpected Truth About Animals

10 December 2017 // Books

An eel-centric extract from Lucy Cooke’s The Unexpected Truth About Animals, published by Doubleday and out now.

Genus Anguilla

There is no animal concerning whose origin and existence there is such a number of false beliefs and ridiculous fables.

Leopold Jacoby, ‘The Eel Question’, 1879



Aristotle was troubled by eels.

No matter how many the great Greek thinker sliced open, he could find no trace of their sex. Every other fish he’d examined on his island laboratory of Lesvos had easily detectable (and often quite delectable) eggs and conspicuous, albeit internal, testicles. But the eel appeared to be entirely sex-less. So, when Aristotle came to writing about them in his pioneering animal almanac in the fourth century bc, this most methodical of natural philoso- phers was forced to conclude that the eel ‘proceeds neither from pair, nor from an egg’ but was instead born of the ‘earth’s guts’, spontaneously emerging from mud; he thought the worm casts we see in wet sand were embryonic eels boiling out of the ground. (more…)

Every Wounded Soul: a poem by Nick Power

9 December 2017 // Poetry

Every wounded soul all the pulled-apart nerves and knotted guts hearts that are heavy as a hundred-ton feelings that coalesce in some boiler-room immersion tank of the spirit (more…)

The Clanking Halliards

9 December 2017 // Miscellany

Cally Callomon sails the Norfolk Broads on a pleasantly outdated craft

“There’s someone you really must meet,” said my chum Don “over dinner tomorrow night, you’ll get on so well”.

Sure enough I did meet the fellow and he was wearing the exact same Old Town suit as I was. Old Town was, back then, like a secret calling card.

Anyone who travelled to Elm Hill in Norwich to get measured up by Miss Wiley entered a secret coven of the few. I had just bought their navy blue Norfolk sailor’s pull-on smock, unaware of the later service it would be pressed into. (more…)