Orvis Fish in The Reads Festival

The Orvis Fish in the Reads Festival on the Riverbank


Written by: Sarah Burgess

Following on from the success of the Fish in the Reads virtual event series, which took place on Zoom early this year, we were delighted to be able to bring the experience to life for guests with the Fish in the Reads Festival on the Orvis Kimbridge Beat  – a magical afternoon and evening on the riverbank, in support of The Wild Trout Trust, inspired by the recent virtual series of readings over lockdown.

Joined by 30 guests on Friday 25th June 2021, we listened to authors, David Profumo, Charles Rangeley-Wilson, Luke Jennings and Simon Cooper, reading from and discussing their books, whilst enjoying an artisan Mezze box from Kimbridge Barn and Chilgrove Gin cocktails in the sun.

Compered by Dr Mark Wormald, College Lecturer at Pembroke, Cambridge, the authors entertained guests with readings, book signings and Q&A’s covering a range of environmental, fly fishing and literary topics. Guests were lucky enough to hear one of the first live performances of David Profumo’s new book, ‘The Lightning Thread: Fishological Moments and The Pursuit of Paradise’, which was published in May this year.

Alongside David, Luke Jennings read from his book ‘Blood Knots: On Fathers, Friendship and Fishing’, whilst Charles Rangeley-Wilson read his recent contributions to the national chalk stream restoration plan and from his book, ‘Silver Shoals: Five Fish that Made Britain.’ Finally, Simon Cooper was in attendance who read passages from his book ‘Life of a Chalkstream.

“It was such a joy to create and organise Orvis’ first literary festival, Fish in the Reads. The calibre and enthusiasm of the authors, the setting on the Orvis Kimbridge Beat on the bank of the River Test and our valued partners made our inaugural year a huge success and we are looking forward on building on this in the years to come.” – Claire Zambuni, Founder & Director of Zambuni Communications.

Keep an eye on this page for further event announcements for 2022.

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