— Ellie Broughton


ettaIn my most audacious use of a book review ever, I gave a talk for the Vine Collective at the William Morris Gallery in August about what I learned from reading Etta James’s autobiography, Rage To Survive.

The Vine Collective has been behind a number of brilliant events in the past year, including a night of music from The Magnetic North at RIBA, and so I was really chuffed to be on the bill with Salena Godden at one of Kirsteen McNish’s nights. Click ‘Read more’ to read the talk in full.

I haven’t done a lot of talks but last February I did a bit at a night in Dalston called Romantic Misadventures and last year I read short stories at the Peckham Pelican. Follow the links to find out more about those two readings.

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Chris Watson recording minke whales
Chris Watson makes sound for BBC Wildlife docs, and he also makes sound art installations. After I heard his latest one, Okeanos, I got a chance to talk to him about listening, whether his work is political, and the one animal he’s found it impossible to record.

Click here to read this piece as it was published by Caught By The River.

If you like the kind of nature writing featured in CBTR, you might also like to check out a new journal called Elsewhere. Disclosure: I have done a couple of pieces for them about going on holiday to a lighthouse, and witnessing the aftermath of the 2015 floods in the Lake District.


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