The fourth theme on the Sillitoe Trail is the turgid Trent, fishing and solitude.
The River Trent is a common theme in Sillitoe’s writing and Nottinghamshire has a great many locations for anglers to unwind.
The turgid Trent takes an an unconventional route as it passes through the through Nottinghamshire on its way out to the Humber Estuary. It is the only English river to flow northwards and has altered its course many times in history - as if taking on the restless and belligerent characteristics of Arthur Seaton himself!
Sillitoe was familiar with the locks at Beeston, Meadow Lane and Gunthorpe. His characters fished along Trent Embankment and also found solitude fishing quiet streams and gravel-pits in an attempt to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. In Saturday Night and Sunday Morning the character Arthur Seaton muses on whether we are all caught?
In our fourth theme we explore whether solitude is possible, when mobile technology seems to be everywhere and everyone seems to be well and truly hooked!
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