Flood Drain

Photo of Beverley & Barmston Drain, Sculcoates by Paul Glazzard

I couldn’t be more excited to have been commissioned by Humber Mouth Literature Festival to write Flood Drain.


Flood Drain: A Contemporary Dream Vision of the River Hull

Inspired by the extraordinary dream visions of the medieval poets, the contemporary writer Tom Chivers proposes a new exploration of the liminal terrain of the River Hull floodplain. Part psychogeographical walk, part poetic enquiry, Flood Drain will follow the River and the complex drainage system associated with it from Beverley to its outfall at the Humber Estuary in Hull; through meadows and parkland, playing fields and suburban streets, past ancient churches and industrial estates, underneath A roads and railway tracks.

Referencing political visions through the metaphor of the river as dreamland, Flood Drain will also approach the vital issues of flooding and climate change. The poet will combine historical and geographical research with chance encounters with local residents and river users in his investigations of the edgelands between city and countryside, land and water.


Launch of the project: Friday 8th November, 6.45pm at Hull Central Library. (Download the Humber Mouth brochure.)