Caught by the River Book of the Month

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The English River is Caught By the River’s Book Of The Month for June.

Caught By The River emerged in 2007 as a website that served as a hub for writers, poets and artists, taking the arterial aspect of rivers as an inspiration. Past contributors have included Bill Drummond, Chris Yates, Laura Beatty, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Chris Watson, Charles Rangeley-Wilson, Tim Dee, Pete Fowler and Emma Warren.

In 2016, Caught By The River staged a special event at Bush Hall in London which featured spoken word pieces and music. The event also saw Virginia and daughter Florence in performance.

The Caught By The River site also features a extract from the book, in this case the poem The Singing Way.


https://www.caughtbytheriver.net/2018/06/virginia-astley-thames-poetry/


The English River Reading at Drift Records, Totnes

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The 4th August will see Drift Records hosting a special reading by Virginia Astley who will recite poems from her new book The English River accompanied by Florence Astley on the harp.

Her first book-length collection, The English River combines both photographs and poems to paint a vivid picture of the river Thames and the community that surrounds it. Virginia grew up by the river’s upper reaches, knew the old lock-keepers and was familiar with all aspects of the Thames and its hinterland: both the natural world and the people whose lives are intimately connected with the river. In recent years, she has returned to the Thames, working for a summer as an assistant lock-keeper, and walking its length to record and respond to its landscapes, river life and river folk as a poet and photographer.

You can read more about the book, and pre-order copies, here: http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/product/the-english-river-1180


https://driftrecords.com/pages/the-drift-record-shop


The English River Reading at Waterstones, Dorchester

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Waterstones in Dorchester will be hosting a special reading by Virginia Astley who will recite poems from her new book The English River accompanied by Florence Astley on the harp.

Her first book-length collection, The English River combines both photographs and poems to paint a vivid picture of the river Thames and the community that surrounds it. Virginia grew up by the river’s upper reaches, knew the old lock-keepers and was familiar with all aspects of the Thames and its hinterland: both the natural world and the people whose lives are intimately connected with the river. In recent years, she has returned to the Thames, working for a summer as an assistant lock-keeper, and walking its length to record and respond to its landscapes, river life and river folk as a poet and photographer.

More details about this event can be found here:
https://www.waterstones.com/events/poetry-recital-with-virginia-astley/dorchester

You can read more about the book, and pre-order copies, here: http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/product/the-english-river-1180



The English River due for publication

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Having established herself as an acclaimed writer, both for her poetry and her role as writer-in-residence at Thomas Hardy’s Cottage in Dorset, Virginia is now set to publish her first book-length collection this June titled The English River.

In 2014, Virginia released The Curative Harp, a collection of poetry that won Ireland’s Fool for Poetry chapbook competition. It demonstrated her keen eye for evocative phrases and striking visual descriptions.

Virginia grew up by the river’s upper reaches, knew the old lock-keepers and was familiar with all aspects of the Thames and its hinterland: both the natural world and the people whose lives are intimately connected with the river. In recent years, she has returned to the Thames, working for a summer as an assistant lock-keeper, and walking its length to record and respond to its landscapes, river life and river folk as a poet and photographer.

The English River combines both photographs and poems to paint a vivid picture of the river and the community that surrounds it.

You can read more about the book, and pre-order copies, here: http://www.bloodaxebooks.com/ecs/product/the-english-river-1180


The English River is due for release on 21st June 2018 via Bloodaxe Books.

www.bloodaxebooks.com


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