Riverwise: Meditations on Afon Teifi, by Jack Smylie Wild, has received its first review, and what a review! Jon Gower, reviewing the book in Nation.Cymru, describes Wild as "a joyful celebrant and patient observer of the river and its wide catchment and of the creatures that abide and abound there". "With this fine, absorbing and wonderfully attentive book, Jack Smylie Wild joins this roster of folk who know the river exceedingly well, and display that respect by the knowledge they have acquired, and their readiness to share it." You can read the full review here. And copies of Riverwise can...
"Initially I was interested in quite abstract questions about what comprised a river. I was approaching ‘my obsession’ (for this is what it quickly became) from the philosopher’s perspective. Before long a shift occurred: the question of semantically defining a river became less important; after all, there was no denying the Teifi’s existence, as it rolled seamlessly seaward, in front of me. This freed me from focusing solely on the ‘flowing water of the Teifi’, and from this point on the project broadened its scope. I began to write about the lives of the river: its banks, its secret places...
This Sunday, 16th August, Jack Smylie Wild will be on Roy Noble's radio show talking all things Riverwise! Tune in from 4pm. Riverwise is released on September 1st, and we can't wait. You can preorder your copy here.
Ahead of the September publication of Riverwise, Jack Smylie Wild's poetic volume of slow river prose, he was interviewed by Glen Peters of Rhosygilwen.
In this short and lovely video, Jack talks about his Ceredigion roots and the inspiration for his fascination with the Teifi, and offers a couple of readings from the book.
You can see the interview here.
And copies of Riverwise, due out on 1 September, can be pre-ordered here.