Canal writer takes to the wa­ter

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FIRST IT WAS the canal Poet Lau­re­ate. Next it was artists in res­i­dence on the Welsh and Scot­tish wa­ter­ways. Now, the lat­est link be­tween the wa­ter­ways net­work and the arts is the ap­point­ment of au­thor, pho­tog­ra­pher and broad­caster Jasper Winn as the first ‘Writer in Res­i­dence’ for the Canal & River Trust, who aims to spend two years build­ing up ma­te­rial for a book of “cap­ti­vat­ing sto­ries be­hind life on the canals”.

From a back­ground of three decades’ travel in­clud­ing roller-skat­ing through Hol­land, sheep-herd­ing his way around Morocco, and – per­haps more rel­e­vantly – ca­noe­ing Mike Palmer MBE, Chair­man of WRG, said “Thank you to ev­ery­one who has do­nated, and to ev­ery­one who has taken part in the amaz­ing fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.”

With £13,000 still left to raise, WRG hopes to have the other two vans for next year. the Danube, Mr Winn aims to con­tinue his jour­ney­ing by cover­ing the canal net­work on ev­ery­thing from a tra­di­tional canal boat to a stand-up pad­dle board. “I’m look­ing for­ward to ex­plor­ing the cor­ri­dors of wilder­ness and the cities’ hidden wa­ter­ways in all their di­ver­sity,” he en­thuses.

The re­sult in the short term will be a monthly blog on canal­rivertrust.org.uk, as part of CRT’s two-year Arts on the Wa­ter­ways ini­tia­tive; for the longer term, his book aims to be “a clas­sic ac­count of Bri­tain’s canals and their cul­ture and wildlife” as well as re­flect­ing the au­thor’s “pas­sion for the quirkier side of canal life”.

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