Sterna: a poem by Jelle Cauwenberghs

20 May 2017 // Art //Poetry

The wall is a silent witness.
The wall is an altar and an anvil.
Claw hammer.
Sea chisel. Skull cap. Sooty nail.
The wall bristles, blooms like
a fever dream, say a Santa Cruz
beehive cactus. (more…)

Caught by the River at The Good Life Experience 2017

19 May 2017 // Events

The Good Life Experience, Hawarden, Flintshire
Friday 15 – Sunday 17 September, 2017

It is with deep joy that we share the full lineup for our stage at this year’s Good Life Experience. Our final festival engagement of the summer is the brainchild of Charlie and Caroline Gladstone, Cerys Matthews and Steve ‘Abbo’ Abbot, and takes place on the Hawarden Estate, Flintshire, 15-17 September. The Caught by the River tent is back and better than ever for our third year on site, featuring a tip-top daily programme plus a book and record shop. You can get your tickets here (code CBTR entitles our readers to 10% off).

Hats off as always to Roy Wilkinson for the marvellous artist bios which here follow (more…)

Competition Results

18 May 2017 // Competition

Here are the results of our latest newsletter competition:

Last week, we had five copies of Jessica J. Lee’s Turning: A Swimming Memoir, out now with Virago, to give away.

We asked: With an area of 2.9 square miles, what is the name of Berlin’s biggest lake?

And the answer is: the Müggelsee, also known as the Großer Müggelsee. The winners are (more…)

Minute Bodies

18 May 2017 // Film/TV

We’re pleased to share the news that Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy Smith is now available to preorder in the shop, ahead of its release on dual-format DVD/Blu-ray on 12 June in association with the BFI.

This meditative, immersive film from Stuart A. Staples and David Reeve is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering filmmaker F. Percy Smith, who developed various cinematographic and micro-photographic techniques in the early 20th century. (more…)

Roger Deakin: Exploring the Archive

17 May 2017 // Remembering Roger Deakin

Roger Deakin continues to be a fascinating man and someone we hold close to our hearts here at Caught by the River.

Roger Deakin: Exploring the Archive was the name and theme of a recent afternoon of talks, readings and discussion, held at the UEA, celebrating the work of the wild swimmer, nature writer and patron saint of this parish.

Danny Adcock kindly visited on our behalf. Here’s his report:

I am sure that most people familiar with this website will also be familiar with Roger Deakin and his work. His first book, Waterlog, was first published in 1999 and became something of a cult classic for wild swimmers. But its gently ironic humour, passionate evocations to nature and landscape, and the quirky originality of it all, have placed it firmly at the head of the so-called new nature writing canon.

Last Sunday (30 April) I drove the three-quarters of the way across Norfolk and into Norwich, to attend an afternoon of talks and readings entitled Roger Deakin: Exploring the Archive, organised by Jos Smith, lecturer at the UEA, and author of The New Nature Writing: Rethinking the Literature of Place. Infuriatingly, Google Maps sent me on a wild goose chase through Norwich’s leafy suburbs, walking for twenty minutes in the wrong direction, and so I missed much of the first hour, including Jos Smith’s introduction and both Terence Blacker’s and Andrew Burton’s talks, so I apologise to all three for not being able to go into the detail of their individual contributions here. (more…)