The River’s Edge Festival Guide


~ Our yearly festival guide. We focus on the smaller and more interesting festivals – that is often where the overlooked, the underrated and the hidden gem are located. So, here is where you’ll find a select and discerning view of what’s coming up in the festival season.      MARCH   Women of the World...
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Shonen Knife self-interview

Shonen Knife

Lauded by the likes of Kurt Cobain, who made them main support on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ tour, Shonen Knife, the all-female pop-punk-rock pioneers from Osaka, Japan, celebrate their 35th anniversary with a new album and extensive UK & Eire tour. Here, the band’s singer and guitarist Naoko Yamana interviews herself for River’s Edge.   The trio formed in Osaka...
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‘Finnegans Wake’ surprise Chinese success

Finnegans Wake chinese edition - RE

~ After years in the wilderness, James Joyce has finally arrived in China.   The Irish writer’s work was shunned in the country, by Mao Zedong’s regime, as a typical example of western bourgeois decadence. Even the relatively straightforward (in Joycean terms) A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was not translated into...
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Hatcham Social takeover: Matthew Maria Davies

Brothers, Bangkok

~ HS: “Matthew Maria Davies is an American film ­maker and photographer, with a particular interest in documentary film. We have recently started collaborating on a short documentary about the Aldgate Bauhaus Cass School of Art being pushed out of its 100 year home of Whitechapel by the insurgent glass and metal tsunami of new builds. We wanted...
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Hatcham Social takeover: two poems by Crocodiles


~ HS: “Crocodiles are one of our favourite bands. We went on tour with them earlier in the year – and our David plays with them too. Here are poems by the two members.”   ~ 6 Train Love Story   He lays across the plastic like the curl of a fetid wave, puffed fingers,...
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Hatcham Social takeover: David Claxton poem


DC: “I wrote this poem on Saturday the 14th November as a reaction to what had happened the day before. It didn’t happen to me, but obviously many of us feel various things when shocking events happen so close to people that we know and love. And it isn’t that I don’t care about all of...
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