Join Canal & River Trust Writer in Residence Jasper Winn and Canal Laureate Nancy Campbell on-board Ikon’s Slow Boat as they share their work inspired by canals and discuss their passion for Britain’s waterways.
For 150 years canals were the high-tech water machine driving the industrial revolution. Amazing feats of engineering, they carried the rural into the city and the urban into the countryside and changed the lives of everyone. And then, just when their purpose was extinguished by modern transport, they were saved from extinction and repurposed as a ‘slow highways’ network, a peaceful and countrywide haven from our too-busy age. Today, there are more boats on the canals than in their Victorian heyday.
This event with be chaired by poet and former Canal Laureate Jo Bell.
Writer and slow adventurer Jasper Winn spent a year exploring Britain’s waterways on foot and by bike, in a kayak and on narrowboats. His new book Water Ways documents his journey along a thousand miles of ‘wet roads and water streets’ as he discovered a world of wildlife corridors, underground adventures, the hardware of heritage and history, new boating communities, endurance kayak races and remote towpaths. He shared journeys with some of the last working boat people and met the anglers, walkers, boaters, activists, volunteers and eccentrics who have made the waterways their home.
A Birmingham Literature Festival event organised in partnership with Ikon Gallery. This event is fully accessible. If you have any access requirements, please email [email protected]