Author: Helen Cox

Helen Cox is a UK author. She made her on-screen debut in The Krankies in 1990. Given the choice, her Mastermind topic would be Grease 2 and when someone asks her if she is a god she says 'yes.' Oh, you want to know about her books? Best click some of the links below.

York: Postcards from a Sinking City

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After almost a decade living in the capital, I’d forgotten how the River Ouse can swallow up the city of York. Each year, it rises. Breaks its banks. Stages a quiet revolution as though bent on reclaiming something we took from it long ago.

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I’ve always been drawn to rivers. Always lived near them. Sat at their side, notebook in hand. Watching time pass. Feeling words flow.

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From Cod Beck to the Caldew. The Eden, the Foss, the Thames, the Tees and many others I have walked alongside. Somewhere within is a network of rivers in place of veins. All that memory and history, all that change, coursing through me.

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Still, my gut twists watching the Ouse swell and yawn. It signals imbalance. And reminds me that rivers are, at once, life and death. Nourishing and murderous.

DSCF1160 Here, the same pubs are engulfed year on year. Spewing out water from their pumps. Doorways boarded up. Customers rerouted to the upstairs bar. Whilst news reporters stand with TV cameras. Capturing predictable misfortune.

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Car parks become lakes with queer centrepieces.

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River-side parks mutate into moats for Clifford’s Tower. Or ‘York Castle’ as people are prone to calling it.

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And all the while, water climbs the stone steps of Skeldergate bridge like a cut scene from some low-rent disaster movie from the seventies.

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Dead ends are declared all over the city. All we can do is wait.

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Wait for the river to relinquish that cold, wrenching grip. Until next year.

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