Caught by the River

Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings

29th October 2010

Press Release:
A unique anthology of original poems and essays commissioned by Artevents from eleven of Britain’s finest writers and poets, reflecting on the meaning of ‘re-enchantment’ in reference to a specific place or region of their choosing in the British Isles.

The multiple award-winning writers are Elisabeth Bletsoe, Lavinia Greenlaw, Jay Griffiths, Kathleen Jamie, Richard Mabey, Robert Macfarlane, Alice Oswald, Jane Rendell, Robin Robertson, Iain Sinclair and Ken Worpole.

The book is launched with two special reading events in London:

Friday 5th November 2010, 7pm at Poetry International, Southbank Centre, London, with Elisabeth Bletsoe, Kathleen Jamie and Robin Robertson.

Wednesday 10th November 2010, 7pm at the London Review Bookshop, with Jay Griffiths, Jane Rendell, Iain Sinclair and Ken Worpole.

Beautifully produced by leading design agency Fraser Muggeridge Studio as an affordable paperback, and generously informed by original illustration, photography and artwork, Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings is published in a limited edition of a 1000 copies.

Gareth Evans, co-director of arts agency Artevents, said today, “We’re delighted that so many of the country’s finest writers are part of The Re-Enchantment. In these remarkable pieces they offer richly creative witness to the imaginative possibilities of place in the UK. Whether it’s Kathleen Jamie visiting the uninhabited island of Rona, Richard Mabey celebrating Norfolk, Ken Worpole wandering and wondering through Essex or Jay Griffiths on the trail of the spirit of Wales, rarely have landscapes been celebrated with such passion, lyricism or commitment.”

Towards Re-Enchantment: Place and Its Meanings is a commission by innovative agency Artevents for The Re-Enchantment, their pioneering national arts project exploring our relationships to place across the UK through five original commissions with exceptional artists. The entire programme runs from July 2010 to June 2011. Towards Re-Enchantment is funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Breakthrough Fund.