It’s not long now until we don our dancing shoes and get on down at our big ol’ party by the river. Taking place over the weekend of 6-7 August, Caught by the River Thames boasts not only one of the most eclectic musical lineups of the summer, but also a fantastic array of talks and readings from writers, musicians and poets alike.
Across the weekend, Fulham Palace’s beautiful Victorian chapel will be transformed into the Faber Poetry Chapel – presenting a programme specially curated by Caught by the River poets-in-residence Will Burns and Martha Sprackland.
On Saturday 6 August, Will and Martha will host proceedings in the chapel, featuring Faber New Poets Zaffar Kunial – previously poet-in-residence for The Wordsworth Trust – and Declan Ryan, Visiting Lecturer in Poetry and Creative Writing at King’s College London. Both had Faber pamphlets published in 2014. There will also be appearances from the acclaimed poets Patrick McGuinness, recipient of the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres amongst other honours, and Helen Mort, whose debut collection Division Street was shortlisted for the Costa Prize and the T.S. Eliot Prize, and won the Fenton Aldeburgh Prize.
Sunday 7 August sees poetry from Faber New Poets Jack Underwood, whose debut collection Happiness was shortlisted for the Forward Prize, Joe Dunthorne, author of the celebrated novel Submarine, and Crispin Best, who runs the poetry project For Every Year, who published their pamphlets with Faber in 2009, 2010 and 2015 respectively. Additionally, there’ll be readings from Will Burns and Martha Sprackland, and the Nigerian-born poet and playwright Inua Ellams, whose one-man play The 14th Tale won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival.