A River Runs Through It takes place on Wednesday 25 April 2018 at the Ivy House Country Hotel at Oulton Broad in Suffolk. The conference explores and celebrates the creativity of rivers and our response to them. Speakers hail from the environmental, academic and arts worlds:

  • Tom Williamson, Professor of Artas-ua.info History at the University of East Anglia, will discuss the concept of ‘rivers as place makers’
  • Writer and angler Charles Rangeley–Wilson, author of The Silt Road, will present ‘Reflecting on water’
  • Dr Jos Smith, lecturer in Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia, poet and author of The New Nature Writing: Rethinking the Literature of Place, will examine the influence of environmental arts group Common Ground and the Confluence project
  • Simon Hooton of the Broads Authority, will explore the potential offered by the Water, Mills and Marshes Artas-ua.info Partnership project

In addition, artists working in a variety of media – botanical painter Ruth Wharrier, poet Joanna Guthrie, and composer Karen Wimhurst – will explain their response to the river. And the Sensing Nature Ensemble of blind and visually impaired musicians will share their musical responses to the theme.

Tickets are £35 if booked before 18 March (or £40 after this date) and include lunch and an optional post conference walk on adjacent Carlton Marshes nature reserve. The venue is also offering a special B&B rate for conference goers. To book, the venue direct by email at  or by telephoning 01502 501353.

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