Caught by the River


7th September 2013

rainham_butts_1920_crop_bSource: Peter Beard Landroom

Return to Rainham: a new post on Ken Worpole and Jason Orton’s blog:
We’ve been going to Rainham Marshes for a few years now – one of our favourite places. Since 2003 the architect Peter Beard has been responsible for a series of commissions for trail-making and interpretation of the site, along with designs for an educational field centre and a series of bridges connecting the nature reserve to the wider public network of footpaths, cycleways, roads and rail connections. The latest addition to this work is the magnificent ‘Trackway’, an elongated high-level walkway and cycle-path connecting the Rainham station pedestrian bridges (as well as Rainham Village) to the north-western corner of the marshlands.

Along The Highland River. Thanks very much to the ever reliable Ross Macfarlane for bring this BBC R3 documentary to our attention:
Neil Gunn’s novel, ‘Highland River’, explores a northern river and its impact on a boy’s life. Poet Kenneth Steven sets off to find the source of the river and Gunn’s inspiration. ‘Highland River’ is set in Caithness in the far north of the Scottish mainland. The actual river on which the story is based is Dunbeath Water, and the novel explores the lives of those who live in and around the area. Kenneth Steven has always been fascinated by the story, and travels to Dunbeath to retrace the steps of the central character of the novel, himself called Kenn.

Beak of the Wailer, a new post in Hanna Tuulikki’s diary – seeking the nocturnal chorus of Carn Mor.

Mark Cocker has started a blog:
The extraordinary moth riches of August have now passed into something more typical of previous years and other seasons. But today’s session in Claxton was not without highlights.

Ronald Blythe: an English institution. A review of The Time By The Sea on the TLS.

Colin Williams on The Island Review. Fen Demons and Island States: “There is in Britain a fen of immense size. There are immense marshes, now a black pool of water, now foul running streams, and also many islands, and reeds and with manifold windings wide and long…”