Edition 14: Water

A rainy dayThis Sony Award-winning programme looks at water and how it fits into the lives of people in Hackney. Author and psycho-geographer Iain Sinclair follows the route of Hackney Brook, a subterranean ghost river which runs from Highbury to Hackney Wick and still makes its presence felt in ways both immediate and oblique. Then to Clissold Leisure Centre for Wet Sounds, a new music event in which electro-acoustic composers Francisco Lopez, Stefano Tedesco, Tom Haines and Leafcutter John serenade their floating audience through speakers both above and below the water.

Moving on to London Fields Lido, architectural historian Simon Inglis explains how swimming pools in Hackney have their roots in the wash houses set up by 19th-century philanthropists in the battle against cholera.  And we hear from the people who work and live on Hackney's waterways today.

Interviews: Francesca Panetta, Jason Phipps
Sound and additional music: Felix Carey
Producers: Francesca Panetta, Felix Carey

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  2. Maud
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    Isn't Felix Carey one of the composers?

  3. Posted 24/05/2010 at 13:19 | Permalink

    Hi Maud, yes indeed! We haven't been in the habit of adding individual credits, but now you can see who did what on this one.

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    This Podcast reminds me of a mix of abstract cultural anthropology of water and people relating along canals.

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