Taking place in the Port of Tilbury as part of this year’s Estuary Festival, Shorelines Literature Festival offers a series of talks, events, exhibitions and performances as 70 writers, artists and filmmakers explore the unexpected history, people and geography of the Thames Estuary and wider global waterways.
The lineup, put together by acclaimed author Rachel Lichtenstein, includes talks and readings by Deborah Levy, Horatio Clare, Rose George and Patrick Wright. Additionally, Rachel will launch her new book Estuary: Out from London to the Sea (current reading at CBTR HQ and highly recommended) at the festival. An immersive, intimate journey into the world of the Thames Estuary, the book is the result of years spent gathering an extraordinary chorus of voices: mudlarkers and fishermen, radio pirates and champion racers, divers and oystercatchers, along with the men who risk their lives out on the water and the women who wait on the shore. (more…)
If you, like us, find yourself venturing to Green Man Festival this week, take note:
Equipped with a bat detector, cameras and array of other gadgets, artists Stefhan Caddick and Farm Hand (the solo project of Mark Daman Thomas of Islet and founder of Shape Records) have spent the last month quietly working in the fading light of the Black Mountains’ cave system. The duo return to the surface to invite Green Man Festival attendees to an underground sound and light performance that will be experienced by just 15 people at a time, yet outnumbered by an unseen audience of protected Lesser Horseshoe Bats. (more…)
A few snaps of the glorious, sunsoaked weekend we spent at Fulham Palace – courtesy of Neil Thomson and Wendy Barrett. Full gallery to follow.
After Laura’s phenomenal performance on our Port Eliot stage this year, we’re itching to see her again. If you’re not already familiar with her work, you can listen to latest release Beneath Swooping Talons – which The Quietus calls ‘an essential work of modern British folk and avant-garde composition’ – here.
Laura’s performance will be followed by a headline slot from the inimitable Marisa Anderson. Newest release Into the Light, written as the soundtrack to an imaginary science-fiction western film, traces the story of a visitor lost and wandering the Sonoran desert. ‘The Portland native is able to put as much emotion as an entire orchestra into a piece that features only an assortment of guitars’ says Stereogum of the lead single. Listen to the album’s closing track, ‘End of the Night’, below:
Tickets are £8 in advance and can be bought here.
This just in from Cally Callomon:
On August the 18th – 21st in the fair county of Eastfolk (between the Nor and Suff Olks) there rises a Brigadoon of a Folk Festival, unabashed by that four-lettered F word. Unlike many such events Folk East has tons of room to roam and space to think quite apart from the multifarious workshops and Instrument builders, there is as much song-and-dance as there are ‘headline acts’… And what of these folk of the main stages? This year we have Eliza Carthy and her Wayward Band, the wonderful Chris Wood, Rura from the far north, Peter Knight, John Spiers, Blowzabella from over the water, and an entire contingency of ex Planxtymen from Ireland, Festival Patrons The Young’uns and tons more, but that’s to miss the point: Visitors will get as much out of the Dwile Flonking, the sports day, the food village, the bazaar, Nick Hand and his amazing Print Bike, the three stages of music, the Molly and the Morris and the hunting of the Jackalope. The Kinidrome shows films all weekend including ‘A Field In England’ in a field, in England, (you don’t get much more ‘immersive’ than that). (more…)