Caught by the River

Event announcement: return to The Trades

10th April 2019

Following the success of our sold out March event, we are delighted to announce a return to Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club this summer.

Taking place on Saturday 6th July 2019, proceedings will be once more split into separate daytime and evening events. The former, featuring both up-and-coming and established writers, comprises our first ever entirely fiction-centric lineup – a reflection of the abundant experimental, original, and highly exciting new novels and short stories of the moment. The evening event centres on music, with performances from Dean McPhee and Andrew Wasylyk, after which Heavenly Jukebox DJs will spin tunes ’til chucking out time.

The daytime event (doors 10:30am) will feature:

Jessica Andrews – reading from her hotly anticipated London/Donegal-set debut novel Saltwater (published in May by Sceptre), and discussing it with journalist and short story writer Anna Wood

Wendy Erskine – talking about and reading from her debut short story collection Sweet Home, originally published by Stinging Fly Press in 2018, and due for a Picador reprint in June 2019. Wendy appears in conversation with author David Keenan, who wrote of Sweet Home in the Guardian: ‘Erskine’s arrestingly original debut short-story collection bears the ghost of 68-98, as she writes about the magic, ferocity and surrealism of contemporary Protestant Belfast’

David Keenan – presenting his recent Troubles/punk rock/Perry Como-laced second novel For the Good Times, and answering questions put to him by writer and broadcaster Emma Warren

Helen Mort – reading from and discussing her debut novel Black Car Burning (Caught by the River Book of the Month for April 2019) with Wendy Erskine. When reviewing Black Car Burning for these very pages, Erskine said: ‘[in this] layered and watchful novel, the stuff of people’s lives – trivial, quotidian, messy, painful – is rendered with imaginative precision and poise’

Anna Wood – recent winner of the Galley Beggar Press Short Story Prize – reading a selection of her published and unpublished stories

– Longstanding Caught by the River contributor Emma Warren taking on MC duties.

The evening event (doors 8:00pm) will feature:

– an intimate live performance from Andrew Wasylyk, who presents songs from his acclaimed third album The Paralian – ‘a conclusion embued with blue and golden melodies that land in a territory akin to experimentalists such as Robert Wyatt and Brian Eno. Through which, Wasylyk weaves the listener along a contemporary-classical, ambient and jazz library-dream shoreline of Scotland’s east coast.

– support from West Yorkshire solo electric guitarist Dean McPhee (‘Simultaneously soaring and depthless, soothing and unnerving, solemn and joyful, McPhee’s excursions feel weird, unknowable, as if the path we’re on is both bright and labyrinthine, a certain route to the unknown’ says MOJO)

– Heavenly Jukebox DJs ’til close

Tickets for the daytime event cost £15 (Trades Club members £12); evening event £12 (Trades Club members £10). A limited number of combined tickets are available for £23.

All tickets are available HERE

Our delectable posters were made for us by Louise Mason. You can visit her website here.