A River Runs Through It

A new event is set to explore the wonders of rivers.

Hosted by arts group Waveney and Blyth Arts

A River Runs Through It

At The Ivy House Country Hotel in Oulton Broad.

The event, which will include illustrated presentations, a musical interlude, refreshments and a lunch, will take place on Wednesday, April 25 2018.

People will 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

The conference is aimed at anyone involved in conservation or river-based heritage, landscape artists in all media, ecowarriors of all ages and anyone who loves being on, in or near rivers.

The day will feature fascinating and inspiring speakers from the environmental, academic and arts worlds, at a venue nestled on the banks of Oulton Broad amongst 21 acres of gardens, lawns, ponds, marshes, and thatched barns, with direct access onto the broads. There will also be an optional post-conference guided walk on nearby Carlton Marshes nature reserve.

Nicky Stainton, who heads up Waveney & Blyth Arts, said: “Bringing together artists, environmentalists and scientists to share their diverse responses to these significant shapers of our landscape will make for a stimulating day. As a species we have a deep affinity with water and this event will help to explore and celebrate that connection.”

A River Runs Through It, will take place between 10am and 3.45pm on Wednesday, April 25. It is supported by The Suffolk Coast DMO.

Tickets are £40 per person and include lunch and refreshments; £5 discount for bookings before 18 March and for members of Waveney & Blyth Arts.

To book please contact The Ivy House Country Hotel via [email protected] or phone 01502 501353.

For more information visit www.waveneyandblytharts.com


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Waveney & Blyth Arts is a not-for-profit organisation, established in 2010 and run by local people on a voluntary basis. It promotes the distinct cultural identity of the area of north Suffolk and south Norfolk through exciting arts projects and events, and helps to build connections between people and places. Its main activities are an annual summer programme of activities inspired by the area, including themed arts walks, performances, exhibition and creative writing activities under the title Celebrate Waveney and Blyth. It also organises occasional conferences and networking events.

Waveney & Blyth Arts covers the towns and surrounding areas of Diss, Harleston, Bungay, Beccles, Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth along the river Waveney, and also the areas around Halesworth and Southwold in the Blyth valley.


Speakers at the event:

Prof Tom Williamson, Professor of History at University of East Anglia, a landscape historian and author, awarded the British Academy’s Landscape Archaeology Medal in 2017.

Charles Rangeley-Wilson, writer, photographer and fisherman. Author of The Silt Road, Somewhere Else and The Accidental Angler. Contributor of river and fishing articles to Country Life. Vice president of the Wild Trout Trust.

Dr Jos Smith, Lecturer in Contemporary Literature, School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, University of East Anglia. Poet and author of The New Nature Writing: Rethinking the Literature of Place, and specialist in the work of arts and environmental charity Common Ground.

Ruth Wharrier, botanical painter and tutor working in watercolour and gouache; Diploma in Botanical Illustration from the Chelsea Physic Garden, London.

Joanna Guthrie, Norwich-based poet and writer whose first poetry collection Billack’s Bones was published by Rialto in 2006; second collection, Water Person Kit, is just completed. She wrote the libretto for Waveney & Blyth Arts’ Translated by Reeds. Her poem River, Post-spate was commended in the 2017 Resurgence/ Poetry School Eco-Poetry Prize.

Karen Wimhurst, composer, clarinettist and educator, with works ranging from chamber music to music theatre, bridging jazz, folk and contemporary classical ensembles. She wrote the music for Common Ground’s Confluence project and W&BA’ Translated by Reeds.