So begins one of literature’s best-known river journeys: Ratty and Mole’s opening boat trip in Kenneth Grahame’s The Wind in the Willows. Spanning canals, lakes, and lost rivers, today’s Library Spotlight looks at the waters that flow through poetry, fiction, and our city.
Sheffield's Hidden Rivers
In the last year, the Sheaf and Porter Rivers Trust has started to host guided urban caving tours exploring the vast network of Victorian storm drains below Sheffield city centre. The tours form part of the Trust’s projects to preserve and reclaim the city’s underground rivers.
If you’re curious to see more, check out this brilliant video and article by The Sheffield Guide’s James Hargreaves.
James’s video looks at the history of these "lost rivers" and captures his journey along the waterways beneath our feet. The tour moves from the river Sheaf as it flows underneath Sheffield Train Station, to the massive Megatron culvert in Castlegate.
Creativity during Corona
Every day on our Facebook page, Claire from Central Library is sharing poems and writing exercises to stir up your creativity.
In today’s post, Claire encourages us to think about the metaphorical resonance of rivers, and features a reading of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s The Brook.
“When I hear this poem read out, I feel like Frodo Baggins in Rivendell. Babble on the pebbles. I like the repetition and the wildlife, the rhythm as if I’m on the river itself, and the journey it takes.”
Check out Claire’s latest creative prompts on Facebook.
Get Your Imagination Flowing with these Filmpoems
A collaboration between The Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust, the Waterlines website brings together a host of new poems inspired by Britain’s waterways.
Written by previous Canal Laureate Jo Bell, “Lifted” is a lovely filmpoem capturing the ritual of passing through a lock.
You can watch more of Waterlines' atmospheric filmpoems here.
Fishy Goings-On in This is Not My Hat!
Drift Away with a Great Book
Whether you’re in the mood for a “waterbiography”, a relaxing riverside read, or aquatic tales of monsters, myth, and magic, our eLibrary has lots to choose from.
Track down all these eBooks and audiobooks, and more, here.