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Riversmeet focuses on high quality writing, performance and teaching which engages with contemporary issues by linking the past to the present.

In every era the attempt must be made anew to wrest tradition away from a conformism that is about to overwhelm it.
-Walter Benjamin 1940


Several of our productions take on a contemporary issue. By exploring a parallel moment in history we hope to understand both the present and its roots in the past.

All of our work confronts issues of urgent concern, from political surveillance and dissent to versions of democracy.

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The ‘slow learning’ approach to cultural products emphasises the place of process in education and gives each work and each reader the opportunity to become thoroughly acquainted without the pressure of acquiring a qualification.


We are committed to publishing the best writing. That means that we are more interested in work we want to see in the public domain rather than work that may be commercially successful. We are always interested to hear from writers with projects that accord with our general ideas.

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Last week we received he very sad news that our much loved author Shaun Traynor, poet and writer (Savannah and Her Thirteen Moons) has died. Our thoughts are with his wife Ursula and the rest of the family. In the near future we will feature a full appreciation of Shaun’s life on our Publications page.

What's new?

New Blog Post Forgetting is All the Rage

Forgetting is All the Rage new blog by author and screenwriter Charles Harris. Amnesia - books, TV programmes and films are full of it. Read more...

New Course Mrs Dalloway

Join us to look at the tensions between the private sense of self and a social persona and the effect of trauma on survivors of war and pandemic  Read more...

New Riversmeet Short Bookshop


It’s 1812 and Elizabeth Hitchener has joined Percy Shelley in Lynton where he is in self imposed exile. Here she explains how a woman from a humble background became such an avid reader. Watch here...

Coming soon...


Our response to the impact of Covid-19 on our live theatre productions has been to create the Riversmeet Monologues and Riversmeet Shorts. Coming soon Bookshop.


Lord Sidmouth


The final film in our trilogy on Percy Shelley in Lynton, North Devon. Lord Sidmouth, played by Michael Simkins, Home Secretary in 1812 continues his persecution of Shelley.


We are delighted that our next guest blogger is award winning writer and Guardian Journalist Alan Franks