John Andrews, also known as 'Andrews of Arcadia', is an author, a printer, a brave survivor of the Indie music business and a dealer in 'vintage fishing tackle for the soul'. And a gentleman.
Last summer he was to be found at the Caught by the River section of the Port Eliot Festival. Appropriately within earshot of the lapping of the River Lynher he hosted the festival's smallest tent where, to contented and sun-kissed audiences of no more than twenty, authors read their elegiac tales of angling: fishing as backbone to quietly perceptive, meandering narrative; fishing as life-metaphore - fishing stories for the soul.
John Andrews writes a daily blog at andrewsofarcadia.com as well as pieces for Caught by the River and other publications. His book, For All Those Left Behind (Mainstream Publishing) is currently out of print, but is well worth seeking out - we believe Rough Trade East still has a few copies left.
John can be found 'putting my wares out on the velvet for sales to passers-by' on most Thursdays at Spitalfields Antiques Market between 8am and 3pm. He will also be a regular contributor to Toast Travels, read his first dispatch here.