River Voices is filled with stories of the Wye told through the words and photographs of those who have known the river all their lives – ferrymen and ferrywomen, boat builders and bridge builders, rowers and swimmers, anglers and poachers, ghillies and river bailiffs, otter hunters and more.
In the summer of 2017, a team of interviewers travelled up and down the Wye in Herefordshire, recording the experiences of the people who have lived and worked on the river, or simply been drawn to its waters in search of recreation or a jam jar of minnows. Thanks to them, a wealth of memories surfaced, of a much-loved river teeming with often startling tales, and peopled by a rich assortment of characters, many long-gone. Stories, photographs and artefacts have been gathered together and preserved, and the voices of the ‘ordinary’ men and women of the Wye now have their place in the history of the river.
Marsha O’Mahony has worked as a newspaper reporter, is author and contributing writer to a number of books, a blogger, chief researcher and oral historian on a series of documentary film projects and community reporter for BBC Radio Wales. She lives in Herefordshire with her family.
Paperback | 256 pages | 242 x 171 mm | 2018
A Herefordshire Lore publication