Waterfront is a monthly podcast from the Canal & River Trust, dedicated to the stories, people and heritage around England and Wales' historic waterways. It is presented by Sony-award winning David Bramwell, with occasional guest appearances from John Shuttleworth.
Idle Women of the Waterways
To celebrate pioneering women connected with our waterways, we pay a visit to Stoke Bruerne to find out about the Idle Women movement of the 1940s. Featuring Kate Doddington, whose great aunt was an ‘Idle Woman’, and Heather Wastie and Kate Saffin.
Water, creativity and wellbeing
Spent the day with Faber New Poet Will Burns – who walks the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal to nourish his sense of wellbeing – and festival director Joanna Cherry, who uses England’s longest canal as her regular “runaway spot”.
In search of a quiet life with Chris Yates
David Bramwell spends the day with angler, author and squeaky-gate appreciator Chris Yates, to talk about our very natural connection with water.
Tales of a Canalside Carpenter
Retired carpenter Derek Keller worked on our waterways in the years before the Canal & River Trust took over their guardianship. Now a Friend of the Trust, Derek has a boatload of extraordinary stories to share. Finally, our resident gongoozler John Shuttleworth joins us for another mischievous waterway fact.
Words on Water
David meets up with poet and Radio 3 presenter Ian Macmillan by the Calder and Hebble canal, to talk poetry and waterways, to hear Ian read a few of his own and to learn more about work in this area from CRT volunteer, the appropriately named Hilary Brook.
David spends a day on the Oxford Canal with Mark Robinson and Hugh Warwick. Both do important work for conservation groups and CRT, exploring and opening up canals as green pathways for wildlife. Together they look for evidence of different animals on the towpath and in the water, including otters, bats and leaf cutter bees.