Caught by the River is an arts/nature/culture clash, posting daily at caughtbytheriver.net. It began as an idea, a vision and a daydream shared between friends one languid bankside spring afternoon.
It was conceived as an online meeting place for pursuits of a distinctly non-digital variety: walking, fishing, looking, thinking. Birdsong and beer. Adventure and poetry. Life’s small pleasures, in all their many flavours. It was – and still is – about stepping out of daily routines to re-engage with nature. Finding new rhythms. Being.
Now in its twelfth year, Caught by the River is ever-morphing, widening its tastes and pool of contributors. The site – and its various offshoots, including gigs, festival stages and the Rivertones record label – host work in many forms and flavours, be it of a musical, poetic, creative non-fictional, photographic or illustrative description, or otherwise.
Recent goings-on of note include the release of Will Burns & Hannah Peel’s poetry-meets-pastoral-electronica record Chalk Hill Blue, as well as the announcement of Caught by the River’s first ever entirely fiction-centric event, due to take place at Hebden Bridge’s Trades Club in July 2019.