02 Feb Book for the River Conference

Booking is now open for Waveney & Blyth Arts’ event A River Runs Through It, Wednesday 25th April 2018, 10am – 3.45pm.

Over the last six months I have been putting together a conference which will explore the creative role of rivers in our landscapes and our lives.  Be inspired by the river – discover how rivers shape the landscape and communities that dwell around them, and how artist-led projects can encourage us to explore, understand and protect this important heritage.

Our venue is the Ivy House Country Hotel, near Oulton Broad, NR33 8HY, set in twenty acres of gardens, with views across to the Broads and adjacent to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Carlton Marshes reserve.

The day includes illustrated presentations by:

Prof Tom Williamson, landscape historian – Rivers as place makers

Charles Rangeley–Wilson, writer and fisherman – Reflecting on water

Dr Jos Smith, Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, poet and author – The influence of Common Ground and Confluence

In the afternoon, three artists in various media explore their response to the river:

Ruth Wharrier – botanical painter; Joanna Guthrie – poet; Karen Wimhurst – composer

And the Sensing Nature Ensemble, a group of Visually Impaired Musicians inspired by the sounds of nature, give a specially commissioned performance.

Book now through the hotel: info@ivyhousecountryhotel.co.uk or phone 01502 501353.

Tickets: £40 including lunch and refreshments and an optional post-conference guided walk on Carlton Marshes nature reserve.

£5 discount for bookings before 18 March and for members of Waveney & Blyth Arts.

See my Journal page for more about my work on rivers and the landscape.

And see Waveney and Blyth Arts website for conference details (Under Activities and Conferences) and read my blog there about the conference.