Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Rivers and writing

There is Nothing in the Water by Frank Cottrell Boyce is a wonderful testimony to the charms of the Annan river, published this month in a new anthology of nature-writing brought together by angling and culture website Caught by the River. Writers from Irvine Welsh to Roger Deakin explore the silt, sedge, cargo and currents of the UK's waterways. In Frank Cottrell Boyce's story, excerpted in yesterday's Guardian, he considers the heady mix of risk and freedom that the river Annan offers. The hidden landscapes and histories caught between its tributaries should tempt a few to walk the Annandale Way come its opening this September.

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