Watermans with Words: Mini Book Fest – Programme

Running Time: 6pm Ian Rawes (45m); 7pm Caitlin Davies (1hr); 8pm Iain Sinclair (1hr)
Price: Tickets £5-10

About this event

We’ve teamed up with North London’s ArchWay With Words Book Festival to bring you our very own mini book fest, themed around London and its river. In an evening of captivating speakers and new writing, Iain Sinclair and Caitlin Davies present their latest books, Ian Rawes plays vintage recordings of life on the Thames, and storyteller Griot Chinyere Nwaubani presents a new watery tale inspired by the river. You can also get a glimpse of London's playwrighting talent as the MA writers from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama present new works inspired by the Thames both in the Theatre and popping up all around Watermans.

Watermans With Words is delighted to be working in partnership with The Kew and Sheen Bookshops who be selling signed copies of the books. hewsonbooks.co.uk 

Evening programme for Watermans with Words:

Book each event separately or book two or more together to get a 15% discount on the total price. Please go to each separate event listing to book your tickets, and the discount will be applied at checkout. Free events do not require tickets and will be held in our public spaces.

6pm Ian Rawes: Listening to the Thames… at night, in 1933… (£5 – Theatre)

Ian Rawes’ project The London Sound Survey is a glorious collection of sound recordings, encompassing the changing landscapes, technologies, streetlife and wildlife of the last hundred years in this great city. Here he presents vintage recordings of life on the Thames, starting in 1933 with a cruise along the river at night, guided by a BBC presenter who, he says, sounds like ‘James Mason at altitude’. This is a great opportunity to spend some time just listening, to rare recordings and a wonderful speaker.

To book 6pm Ian Rawes event click here.

7pm Caitlin Davies presents Daisy Belle: Swimming Champion of the World (£5 – Theatre)

Novelist and historian Caitlin Davies travelled the Thames from source to sea, researching stories of people who have been drawn to its waters. In her book Down Stream, she unearthed intrepid rebels and forgotten champions of the Victorian era including Agnes Beckwith, who made history in 1875 by swimming the Thames from London Bridge to Greenwich. Here she presents a novel in progress, a fictionalised life story based on the lives of Victorian wild swimmers. Illuminating and entertaining, Caitlin Davies will enchant you with her tales.

To book 7pm Caitlin Davies event click here.

8pm Iain Sinclair presents The Last London – the final chapter in his life-long odyssey (£10 – Theatre)

Iain Sinclair presents ‘The Last London’, the last book of his epic project documenting the peculiar magic of the river-city that has absorbed and obsessed him for most of his adult life.  A memoir, a critique and a love letter, in The Last London, Sinclair strikes out on a series of solitary walks and collaborative expeditions to make a final reckoning with a capital stretched beyond recognition. Come and be among the first to hear this ‘modern-day William Blake’ present his latest book. With a Q & A session and book signing.   

To book 8.15pm Iain Sinclair event click here.

6.50pm & 7.50pm: Watery Tales with Griot Chinyere Nwaubani (FREE – Bar/Theatre Foyer)

'Griot': a member of a class of travelling storytellers, poets and musicians who maintain a tradition of oral history in West Africa. For the last thirty years, Griot Chinyere Nwaubani has been carrying stories, weaving tales and bringing messages from all over the world. For Watermans With Words she brings tales of rivers, swamps, seas and other watery places, and brings us her unique vision of what great rivers bring to our community. Come and be swept away on a magical journey with her playful, lyrical stories that make the world that little bit more beautiful…

9.30pm MA Students from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama – Dramas Along the Thames (£3 – Theatre)

This is a great opportunity to see new work from ten emerging London playwrights presenting short dramatic works inspired by the Thames. Come and hear rehearsed readings of river stories including a ghostly encounter on Blackfriar's Bridge and an ancient woman's mudlarking; a tale from statues dunked in honour of Ganesh and from a decomposing body on a river cruise; a man tests the healing powers of the water and a perfumer becomes possessed by the unique Thames fragrance…and all the while, Old Father Thames lies on his back watching…

To book 9.30pm MA Writers event, click here.

Part of the River Weekender 2017







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