Caught by the River


16th February 2020

Our latest roundup of good things for the ears, eyes and soul

Somerset House celebrates the remarkable mushroom, and all the progressive, poetic and psychedelic wonder it evokes, with a free exhibition.

In Search of Treasure in London’s Riverine Mud: Lara Maiklem goes mudlarking on the Thames.

What does it mean to forge identities based on geography? What does it mean to have more than one home? For BBC Sounds’ ‘New Creatives’ series, Belinda Zhawi presents poetry / vocalisation / music piece SOUTH X SOUTH EAST (with contributions from harpist Marysia Osuchowska and Caleb Azumah Nelson).

In a Tumblr post from 2013 (yes, really) Alex Godfrey falls down an unlikely rabbit-hole, delving into the life of the man from the painting Martin Scorsese’s mother shows off in Goodfellas. Who else would’ve sent this in our direction but Mathew Clayton? (thanks, Mathew).

From the gloaming: in Fallon’s Angler‘s latest video, Kev Parr fishes for roach, dace and perch on the river Test.

Paradise Lost: this one doesn’t open for a month and a bit, but we reckon Kew Gardens’ exhibition by world-renowned artist Jan Hendrix, inspired by the changing face of Australia’s Botany Bay, will be a beauty. Includes mirrored pavilion centrepiece. More information here

The Twelve Steps continue: a cryptic update from Penkiln Burn. (Photo by  Tracey Moberly).

For the British Council, Malachy Tallack provides a brief (and inadequate) introduction to the writing and writers of Shetland.

Julian Hoffman on the Irreplaceable: listen as the author reads from his latest book – an account of endangered places around the globe and the people fighting to save them – as he walks around Christchurch, Dorset. Recorded by Matt Shaw. You can also read Matt’s account of the walk here, and Julian’s here.

And last but not least, if you didn’t catch Mackenzie Crook’s reincarnation of Worzel Gummidge over Christmas, then we suggest you do now. While you’re at it, the soundtrack by The Unthanks is pretty damn good too.