Caught by the River

Caught by the River Calder: Sunday

1st December 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 lineup details for Sunday 24 January.

Chris Watson presents: The Sounds of the Calder Valley
One of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena and long time friend of the river presents an exclusive piece: a soundscape of the waterways of the Calder Valley.

Virginia-Florence-Astley-1Photo: Parker

Virginia & Florence Astley (Poetry with Harp Accompaniment)
Having left the Port Eliot stage to a standing ovation in the summer of 2015 it’s a pleasure and an honour to have Florence and Virginia back with us for this event. Virginia will be reciting her poems whilst daughter Florence bewitches with her harp playing. Richard King writes of the magic of Virginia’s 1983 LP From Gardens Where We Feel Secure, in his book Original Rockers. An extract of which can be read here.

Amy Liptrot: The Outrun. In conversation with Luke Turner
Amy Liptrot’s remarkable memoir, The Outrun, is published on 14 January by Canongate. It’s a special book and one which we know is going to have a big impact next year.

Amy has written considerably for Caught by the River and highly recommended reading is her column from 2012 – Curious Isles: A Life On Orkney, – which is archived here.

At this event Amy will be discussing The Outrun with Luke Turner, editor of the music website, The Quietus.

Nina Lyon: Uprooted: On the trail of the Green Man
Nina has been writing regularly for Caught by the River for a year or two now, whilst completing her book, Uprooted, a ‘provocative and playful exploration of the Green Man’ which is published by Faber early in 2016.

Kathleen Jamie in conversation with Will Burns
Kathleen is a poet and a writer of non-fiction. Reading her 2005 book Findings had a huge impact on me (JB) and alongside the work of Roger Deakin, Alice Oswald and Chris Yates, played a part in shaping the idea that became this website. Needless to say having Kathleen with us in Hebden is a big deal for us. Her latest book of poetry, The Bonniest Companion, was published this year and reviewed on this site by Will Burns (read it here)

MC John Andrews

Doors open at 10:30am and there will be a fully stocked Caught by the River bookshop on site. Tickets are priced at £15 and can be bought here.