Caught by the River Thames – A London Festival

10 February 2016 // Events

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On the northern banks of the Thames, right where the dirty old river begins to roll out of the city, sits Fulham Palace. It’s a best-kept secret in a city that’s not got many unturned stones left; a shortcut to verdant green space just west of the metropolis. An idle ten minutes walk from the tube, its somewhere that makes you feel like you’ve stumbled out of the city and into the countryside with the very minimum of effort. It’s the perfect place to host a festival.

This August, Caught by the River Thames will do just that.

A remarkable new festival celebrating the very best in music, arts and the natural world, Caught by the River Thames promises to bring together a truly inspirational gathering of bands and brewers, authors and artists, thinkers and drinkers over two days. Part gig, part literary gathering, part nature symposium, part high-summer garden party, it promises to the most diverse and inspirational festival line-up in the capital this summer. (more…)

Caught by the River Calder: An Update

14 January 2016 // Events

As you may already be aware, the recent and unfortunate flooding of the Calder Valley has caused us, with heavy hearts, to have to postpone much of Caught by the River Calder, taking place later this month. But to reiterate: the evening gigs (Field Music on Friday 22nd and Lonelady & Gwenno on Saturday 23rd) will go ahead as planned – the daytime events and talks will be rescheduled for a later date. Refunds for the cancelled events are available from Mal Campbell – email him at


Amy Liptrot at Bush Hall

9 January 2016 // Books //Events

Now that Christmas is out of the way, we’d like to remind you that tickets are on sale for our next event: The Caught by the River Social Club, taking place at London’s Bush Hall on Sunday 28 February.

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Along with Florence and Virginia Astley, The London Sound Survey and Caught by the River poets-in-residence Will Burns and Martha Sprackland, we’re pleased to have Amy Liptrot back at one of our events.

Amy will be reading from her long-awaited book The Outrun (which started out as Curious Isles – A Life on Orkney, a series of columns published here on Caught by the River). She’ll also be in conversation with Emma Warren, whose review of The Outrun can be found here.

Tickets for the event are available here.


We couldn’t help but notice that Emma isn’t the only person getting excited about Amy’s debut: writing in The Guardian last weekend, Will Self commented: “The Outrun comes as something of a revelation: Liptrot uses technology to enhance her engagement with the natural world – and writes about it superbly.”

Our Book of the Month, The Outrun is published on 14 January. Signed copies are available to pre-order from the Caught by the River shop here for the special price of £12.00.

A Cancellation; Some thoughts on recent events in the Calder Valley

30 December 2015 // Events

The last few days have been – for us, for anyone in front of a telly or a newspaper – pretty bloody jaw-dropping. It’s been nothing short of horrifying to watch the decimation of areas that hold a deep connection to this site, places many of our friends and contributors call home. We were due to head to Hebden Bridge for the inaugural Caught by the River Calder festival at the end of January. Seeing everything unfold in hi-def from London, that name looks pretty badly judged. For us, Caught by the River has always been about a positive feeling, a transcendent moment of refection and solace. It’s hard to imagine many people feeling that way right now (and for very good reason).

Having talked to Mal, the promoter at the Trades Club in Hebden, with heavy hearts we collectively agreed that we should postpone the festival. The gigs (Field Music on Friday 22nd and Lonelady & Gwenno on Saturday 23rd) will go ahead as planned – the daytime events and talks will be rescheduled for a later date. Refunds for the cancelled events are available from Mal – email him (Mal Campbell) at

In order to find out more about what’s happened in Calder Valley, we spoke to regular contributors Rob St. John, Ben Myers and Richard Carter. They all live and work in the area – their thoughts are printed in full below.


Be: One – Live

14 December 2015 // Events //Rivertones

Nottingham Arts Theatre Gig Poster (Digital 72pi 518 x 732 px)

40,000 bees. 12 musicians.
‘One’ album played as a multi-sensory experience.
Nottingham Arts Theatre, 18th / 19th February 2016

Next February, award-winning British artist Wolfgang Buttress is putting together a pair of special performances at the Nottingham Arts Theatre.

The ‘One’ shows (February 18th/19th) will bring to the stage for the first time the soundtrack for Wolfgang’s award-winning British Pavilion from the 2015 Milan Expo. The Pavilion reimagined a beehive as an installation highlighting the plight of the honeybee, focusing on the importance of pollination. (more…)