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.)


Five new dates for The Walbrook Pilgrimage

Part historical/cultural research project, part exercise in acute environmental observation, Chivers’ ode to the Walbrook – “ghost and friend of the City” – is an immersive, beautifully executed exercise in urban psychogeography. (Wild Culture)

If you missed the initial, sold-out run of The Walbrook Pilgrimage, it’s your lucky day – I am leading five more walks in October to coincide with National Poetry Day (this year’s theme is ‘water’).

The walks will follow the course of one of London’s most important yet mysterious lost rivers – the Walbrook – from the heart of Shoreditch through the City to its dirty outfall on the Thames foreshore. On the way you will explore back alleys and grand avenues, passing holy wells, playhouses and mystical mounds; Roman cemeteries, architectural oddities and buried temples.

Each walk takes just over an hour and a half, and is narrated on headphones with live action along the way. Groups are restricted to ten per walk, so it will be an intimate experience! Tickets are £10. Click on the links below to book now and avoid disappointment.


Wed 2 Oct, 4.15pm

Thu 3 Oct, 5.15pm (National Poetry Day)

Fri 4 Oct, 6pm

Sat 5 Oct, 6.45pm

Sun 6 Oct, 7.30pm

Practical details

Please arrive on time, as equipment will need to be distributed. We will not be able to wait for latecomers. The walks commence 15 minutes after the advertised time, and last approximately 100 minutes. The terminus is by the Thames near Cannon Street station.

Mp3 players will be distributed at the start, but I advise bringing your own set of headphones if possible as they will be more comfortable (over the ear ones are best!).

Please bring clothing appropriate to the weather, including a decent pair of shoes.

Please be aware that the pace may be brisk at time.

Queries can be directed to tom@pennedinthemargins.co.uk