In a Wonderland they lie,
Dreaming as the days go by,
Dreaming as the summers die: Ever drifting down the stream –
Lingering in the golden gleam –
Life, what is it but a dream?
– Lewis Carroll
In A Wonderland They Lie is a floating literary and musical salon, a riverboat tour showcasing writers and musicians whose work is haunted by a certain spirit of place: that strange, enchanted and often unnerving collision between the pastoral and the Ballardian that seems peculiarly English, an atmosphere that is particularly pronounced along this stretch of the Thames Valley.
Partnering with Thames Cruisers, this event will take place on board one of the beautiful Thames Cruisers to sail along the quiet middle reaches of the Thames allowing audiences to see Berkshire from the water.
This intimate event is curated by the writer, broadcaster and film-maker Michael Smith. Michael has written several novels for Faber & Faber (Giro Playboy, Unreal City), written and presented various documentaries for for BBC 4 (Citizen Smith, Drivetime), held a regular slot on BBC 2’s Culture Show, and recorded an album with Andrew Weatherall, among other things. He’s performed extensively, from the Royal Festival Hall to Glastonbury to the Colony Room, and has been a regular performer at Caught By The River’s stages at the UK’s best festivals.