Caught by the River was conceived as an online meeting place for pursuits of a distinctly non-digital variety: walking, fishing, looking, thinking. Birdsong and beer. Adventure and poetry. Life’s small pleasures, in all their many flavours. It was – and still is – about stepping out of daily routines to re-engage with nature. Finding new rhythms. Being.
With rivers as its arterial theme, 2009 saw the publication of Caught by the River: A Collection of Words on Water, a compendium of writing from renowned figures such as Jon Savage, Jarvis Cocker, John Niven and Edwyn Collins. It was followed in 2011 by On Nature: Unexpected Ramblings on the British Countryside, as diverse a collection as the British landscapes, coastlines and islands that it paid homage to.
Caught by the River has always offered space and encouragement to emerging voices coinciding with the renaissance in nature and landscape writing as well as emerging musicians and multi-media artists. CBTR has also published Neil Sentence’s beautiful series of lyrical recollections Water & Sky, followed by On The Snap, legendary journalist Brian Case’s encounters with leading names in jazz, rock, film and crime fiction.