Caught by the River

Caught by the River Calder: Saturday Daytime

26th November 2015

Following the unfortunate flooding of the Calder Valley, it is with heavy hearts that we have decided to postpone this event. 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 Campbell – email him at You can donate to the Calderdale Flood Relief Appeal here.

Artwork: David Chatton Barker

Weekend tickets for Caught by the River Calder, taking place at the Trades Club Hebden Bridge 22-24 January 2016, have now sold out. You can, however, still buy tickets for individual events across the weekend. Below you will find the daytime lineup details for Saturday 23 January. We’ll be releasing information about the remaining events in due course.

MC John Andrews introduces:

Darren Hayman presents Thankful Villages
Thankful or ‘Blessed’ Villages were first identified and named by Arthur Mee in 1936 in his series of guide books, The King’s England. They’re villages where every soldier returned alive from the first World War. Darren Hayman has embarked on a mission to visit all 54 of Britain’s so-called Thankful Villages, documenting his experiences and interactions through film, drawings, prose and songwriting. Darren be speaking about the project, as well as showing some of his films and performing – with a band – the music he has written during his visits.

Jon Savage talks 1966
Following the release of his latest book, 1966: The Decade The Year Exploded, pop historian and social commentator Jon Savage will be discussing the importance of the year and its impact on culture. Writing in The Guardian, Bob Stanley says 1966 is ‘not only fine pop writing, but social history of a high order. You can only hope Savage has already started work on 1967.’

Will Burns, Helen Mort & Richard Benson on place, poetry, prose and politics
Caught by the River poet-in-residence Will Burns will talk to fellow poet Helen Mort (author of the astonishing Division Street) and prose writer Richard Benson (The Farm and The Valley) about the influence their native county of Yorkshire has had upon their respective works.

The Trades Club will close after Darren’s performance, but the party continues at the Fox & Goose.

John Andrews & Bruno ‘Super Fly Guy’ Vincent at the Fox & Goose
Beacons of angling knowledge John and Bruno will be setting up camp at Hebden’s Fox & Goose pub and discussing the angling history of the Calder Valley.

Doors open at 11am and there will be a fully stocked Caught by the River bookshop on site. Saturday daytime tickets are priced at £14 and can be bought here