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Saturday, 20 July 2013


A railway bridge crosses the Murk Esk just before it joins the Esk at this graceful meander
In response to an open invitation to contribute to Riverside Listening by the four artists of the Working the Tweed project (visual artist Kate Foster, writer Jules Horne, choreographer Claire Pen├žak and composer James Wyness), I planned to go out on the afternoon of World Listening Day (July 18th) to visit and document the nearest junction of two streams. This would be close to the village of Grosmont, North Yorkshire. Here the small Murk Esk joins the River Esk where the larger river makes a hairpin bend on its way to the sea at Whitby. 

The Common Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii)

The bridge over the Murk Esk is a listed building. A train can be heard crossing it in the accompanying recording.
Unfortunately, as is often the case, things did not go exactly as planned. I had to change my shift at work because a new computer was going to be delivered on the 18th. We had to ensure someone was in the house all day as they don't give you a delivery time. Then all of a sudden the product flashed up as 'no longer available' on the actual day it was supposed to come! So I spent World Listening Day listening for a delivery van which never came, then listening to a disinterested girl tell me how sorry the company was for any inconvenience caused. Bah!

Determined to be a part of Riverside Listening I went on the gorgeous, sunny morning of 19th July (a day late) to the meeting of these two rivers, which was not as easy to get to as I had hoped due to barbed wire enhanced fences and padlocked gates put there by the local fishing club. In the end I found a way to sneak down to the waterside via a gap in a fence at the local sports field.

This beautiful confluence of water was documented using recordings taken both in and around the river and made into a single track.The accompanying photographs were also taken on the day.

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