Swimming Downstream, A Talk & Book By Caitlin Davies

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Downstream: a history and celebration of swimming the River Thames is an illustrated book written by Caitlin Davies about the history of swimming in the River Thames.

Published by the University of Essex, the book describes races in the Thames during Victorian times (1837-1901) and training in the Thames by English Channel swimmers during the 1920s.

Davies is a novelist, non-fiction writer, journalist and teacher who also authored Family Likeness and Taking the Waters A Swim Around Hampstead Heath.

On April 24th, Davies will give a talk at The Forum (Elmer Square, Southend-on-Sea, Essex). Tickets are £7 with profits being donated to Havens Hospice. Her talk will be preceded by short presentations by Chalkwell Lifeguards, Chalkwell Redcaps, Havens Hospices, who organise an annual Great Pier Swim, the RNLI, and author Ian McAllister. It’s a celebration of the rich history of The Thames and its continued importance in shaping local popular culture.

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