Dip Shropshire comes to the Meres and Mosses

Dip Shropshire

Dip Shropshire is an exciting new creative project happening this Summer, that explores, examines and celebrates wild swimming and the fresh water landscapes that exist here is Shropshire.

Andrew Fusek Peters is a prolific author and poet with over 100 titles published in 17 languages. His latest book ‘Dip, Wild Swims and Stories from the Borderlines’ has been turned into a unique multimedia project by the Shropshire Media Network, involving over 15 local artists and professionals.

The first part is the production of a new film, from director Tom Middleton that will visualise the lyrical prose of poet and writer Andrew Fusek Peters. Andrew's new book, ‘Dip, Wild Swims and stories from the Borderlands’ is the inspiration for the project and the film will follow him as he explores some of Shropshire’s most beautiful wild swimming spots including the Carding Mill Reservoir.  

Andrew’s book is a lyrical meditation on landscape, which also features his stunning wildlife photography. The book is a subject of  an upcoming BBC One Show special, and an exclusive feature in You Magazine on 27 April. The book is launching at the Wenlock Poetry Festival on the same day. Paul Evans, the Guardian Countryside Diarist says ‘‘Brrrrr - I know many of the wonderful watery places in which Andrew takes a dip, but in winter?! This book is about much more than the electrifying shock of a quick dunk, it's the story of a total immersion in Nature, a courageous trust in its restorative powers and an authentic experience of the wild. For those willing to dabble a toe in the water, this is the brave next step. For those who would rather keep their socks on, this is a damn good read.’

Daniel Start, author of Wild Swimming says of Dip, ‘A book that is beautiful, lyrical, beguiling and enchanting – a powerful testament to the healing powers of Nature’

Dip Shropshire, the film will be shot using top end equipment such as the Red One, and specialist underwater high speed cameras. The film will also feature interviews and commentaries from a wide range of local ecology and environmental experts, sharing insights about the conservation and enhancement of our local waterside landscapes.

The production will include collaborations with local film industry experts Matthew Evans (who has been directing TV programmes for the BBC since 1986), and Des Seal (a Director of Photography with over 300 broadcast credits).

The second part of the Dip Shropshire project is a series of 8 outdoor workshops that link wild swimming, and exploration of the stunning landscape of Shropshire to creativity, that gives people the opportunity to explore and experiment with a variety of art forms all with the guidance of professional artists.

The workshops will be located all over Shropshire, from the Millennium Green of Ludlow (part of the Ludlow Fringe Festival) , the Onny Meadows in Craven Arms, Clun Castle, Pantglas, Walcott Hall in Lydbury North, Carding Mill Valley Reservoir (a Wenlock Poetry Festival event), Oakley Mill Waterfall, and Whitemere.

Dip Shropshire is supported and funded by: Arts Council England, the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, the Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership, the Heritage Lottery Fund, DEFRA and the Wenlock Poetry Festival.

Tom Middleton, the founder of Shropshire Media Network said “We are extremely excited about this project, as it combines a huge range of amazing local artists, and a mixture of activities that we are all very passionate about”.



Visit the Dip Shropshire website to book on the workshops.

20th July: Pantglas visit the

26th July: Walcot Hall, Lydbury North

3rd August: Oakley Mill Waterfall, Long Mynd.

30th August: Whitemere.


For more information about this exciting project, please contact Tom Middleton:                               
T: 07946 481 073                                                                                                               
E: tom@shropshiremedianetwork.com                   

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