“WATERMAN’S WITH WORDS” Mini Book Fest 

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Friday 15th September at 6 – 11pm

We are delighted to be partnering the amazing Waterman’s Arts Centre with their mini-book fest, as their official Booksellers, with signed copies of all books on sale in both the Kew Bookshop and the Sheen Bookshop.

In an evening of many 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.

Here is a link to the official timetable of the evening’s events where you can book tickets – these include these three presentations:-

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.

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

9781781311196Novelist 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.

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

9781786071743Iain 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.

Come and join us for a really interesting evening !! This is all part of their River Weekender 2017