Caught By The River Social Club, January 24th


Hope everyone has recovered from their Christmas and New Year indulgences.

We’re hoping a few friends might be back on the booze by Monday 24th of January as Will is reading some poems at the first Caught By The River Social Club event of the year at The Stag in Hampstead.

The night is a celebration of the second issue of the CBTR fanzine, An Antidote To Indifference, which features a new poem of Will’s, as well as an article on the poet Edward Thomas and the Caught By The River review, written by the brilliant John Andrews, on our Sideshow exhibition launch at The Social nearly a year ago.

On the night there will be readings from the magazine, and music from Heavenly recording artists Trevor Moss and Hannah-Lou. It’d be great to see some of you down there!

Tickets can be purchased here.


Sideshow Christmas

Just wanted to take this opportunity to thanks all of those kind folk who helped in various ways with Sideshow this year. You all know who you are, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Sideshow and I hope we can see you in a bigger gallery space in 2012!

Jason, Will & Nina x

Ghosts Of Gone Birds

Hello all,

Will is going to be reading some poems at this very special event on Thursday. It’s linked to the brilliant Ghost of Gone Birds exhibition currently running at Rochelle School, which we wholeheartedly recommend you go and see. This event will feature music from Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou, an appearance from artist Marcus Coates and Jimi Goodwin from Doves and his Bird Effect Ensemble (a 15-piece orchestra) premiering their Ghosts of Gone Birds theme tune.

The official website can probably explain it all a lot better than we could, so have a read.

Culzean Castle

We were lucky enough to have had a very kind offer by a friend of ours recently to go and stay up at Culzean Castle for the weekend. It’s such an amazing place in Ayrshire on the west coast of Scotland opposite the Isle of Arran. The stay came with visits to walled gardens, deer parks and swan ponds within the castle grounds but the best thing for me was to wake up to views of the sea each morning. We really didn’t want to leave.

Some of you might recognise the castle as Lord Summerisle’s house in the original Wickerman film.

As a thank you to our friend Xanthe, Will wrote this poem entitled ‘Culzean’ which can be read on the Caught By The River website here…



Jason Butler at Affordable Art Fair

Jason will have some artwork exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair from the Sideshow collection this coming weekend at Fine Grime’s stand (L7) in Battersea, London. The fair is taking place from Thursday 20th October until Sunday 23rd October so go and check it out.

An Antidote To Indifference

One of Will’s nature poems Current has been included in the inaugural issue of the Caught By The River fanzine… An Antidote To Indifference.

The rest of the magazine is very much worth a read and includes a Bob Stanley interview with Andrew Loog Oldham, Letters from Arcadia, a biography of Trevor Moss and Hannah Lou by Laura Beatty, a poem by Andrew Greig, Tony Wilson remembered by Jeff Barrett and more. A one off print-run, once it’s gone, it’s gone… buy it here.



National Poetry Day

As it’s National Poetry Day today and the theme for this year is “games”, we thought we’d post a poem from the Sideshow exhibition that is loosely linked. Enjoy!


Strawweight by Will Burns


It’s not a weight you hear of much today

in fighting, since they closed up all the booths.

Gone like a day’s work, or an old folk song.

Once, amid the gaslights, Lonsdale Champions and

mahogany drawers full of dead butterflies

he’d netted and collected as a boy,

he smoked in pubs and learned the local songs.

Now he sits and waits for me to come;


To listen to his stories, make his tea

and hear about the gradual decline

from fast enough his fist blew out the lamps

to faculties eroded by some other folk process.

The morning came, we went to see a football match,

he could not sing, and twice, forgot my name.