Sunday, 7 November 2010

New Poem by David Wilders


The River Aire at Castleford

The environment, the elements, the shaping

The landscape, the life, the flora, the fauna, the valley

The man, the hunt, the forage, the fishing

The living, the family, the field, the growing,

the plough, the orchard

The farm

The crystal Aire, the homestead, the boundary

The invasion, the vicus, the fort

The track, the path, the ford, the crossing, the bridge

The connecting, the vessel, the voyage,

The journey, the transport, the trade,

The waterway, the canal, the cut, the lock,

The horse, the tow path, the rope, the Billy boys

The Aire and Calder Navigation

The Lord, the tycoon, the industrialist, the influx

The expansion, the extracting, the excavating,

The mining, the quarrying, the commerce,

The growth, the wealth, the town

The port, the anchorage, the sailors, the captains

the timber, the yard, the saw mill,

The dock,

The boat builder, the sail maker,

The nail maker, the rope maker,

The blacksmith,

The sloop, the keel, the barge,

The launch, the Miranda, the Lazy days

The Miller, the corn, the wheat, the oil,

The flow, the power,

The waterwheel, the grist,

The dust, the flour, the bagging, the loading,

The barge, the exportThe weir, the flowing, the speed, the foul, the debris The stink, the death, the absence, the chemicals,

The agitation, the stains, the foam

The Whitewood, the floods, the alluvium, the Mere The quarrying, the mixing, the slip, the blungers,

The press, the clay, the thrower, the wheel, the pot,

The stoneware, the blackware, the decorator,

The glost, the bottle kiln, the fire holes, the coal,

The heat, the sweat, the smoke, the chimneys,

The potteries

The layers, the clay, the shale,

The explosion, the scraping the raping,

The ginny, the mix, the press, the drying,

The wicket hole, the stacking, the fueling, the heat,

The baking, the kiln, the brick

The Redhill, the sand, the quarry, the tunnels, the track, the furnace, the heat, the crucible,

The molten, the blow pipe, the blowing, the rotating The swinging, the shape, the casting,

The brown, the green, the bottle

The chemist, the dyes, the pigments

The acids, the alkali, the Phosgene,

The hydrochloride, the mixing, the pharmaceutical

The hazard, the vapor, the stink, the tanks, the plant, The chimneys, the danger, the explosion, the death, The sadness

The shaft, the seams,

The Beeston, the Flockton, the darkness, the heat,

The dust, the stench, the coal face, the shovel, the strife, the hewing, the miner,

The danger, the conveying,

The cleaning, the basin, the tom pudding,

The transporting, the energy.

The environment, the management, the cleaning,

The detox, the conservation, the return, the life,

The otter, the kingfisher, the heron, the swan,

The salmon, the leaping, the pass, the fisherman,

The bridge, the rebirth, the ownership

David Wilders

September 2010

Event on Sunday, 7.November 2010


MEETING Sunday 7 November 1.30pm – as long as you want.
Place: Bridge Arts Gallery, Sagar Street, Castleford, WF10 1AF

You have not heard the last of the Riversmovement or the Free University. We have already committed ourselves to a new programme events and to a meeting at which we expand the programme. This will give an opportunity to bring new work or ideas.

The date of the meeting in Castleford, Bridge Arts, Sagar Street WF10 1AF is Sunday 7 November at 1.30pm

We will be providing something to eat. Quality bread and homemade cake for pudding makes up the menu. Bring your own drink. Pay a bit if you want.We don’t see this as a talk shop. If weather permits we will walk in the afternoon or stay back and do a workshop or two.

Bob is off on holiday but will have photographed all work for the book. This is when you pick up your framed work or if you don’t want the frame the work itself. We don’t have the time to post back work.

Current and future programme.

At present we are committed to:

1. Writing and publishing several books all of which are started

Rivers Movement Artists

70 Reasons Why I Love The Earth

Mrs Pyrah

Monsal Trail

2. Developing a new programme in Castleford and the Five Towns area and are looking for new venues for the current 70 reason exhibition

3. Working on David Wilders Poem as a replacement for Adam Ghodiwala’s 70 Reasons poem

We are inviting you to contribute 1 of 50 new images relating to David’s attached poem

Mary and Geoffrey King’s composition for cello and voice

Reinhold Behringer’s computer composition

4. Obviously the programme needs to expand. A group are going to India in January to strengthen the artistic links but prior to that we may try to find a new venue to display the completed 70 reasons and new works created.

5. The final exhibition was a great success. The Bridge (Our first commissioned play) was a great success. We are also looking for venues for the Bridge, the Aire music/voice compositions and creative writing and reading performances.

We are also hoping after the publication of the Monsal trial book to have at least one other walking/talking and publishing projects.


Rachel, Amanda and Brian