beneath the stream

17. Wilderness 1 - with Dan Richards

October 7, 2019

The way that people respond to wild places lights them up; so proposes writer Dan Richards, who’s latest acclaimed book, ‘Outpost: A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth’, explores what wilderness means to us. In this podcast he discusses whether our response to wilderness is bearing witness to the traces of humans who have been affected by places that, in our imagination, are meant to be savage and untameable.

Does wilderness comprise the places where a writer can touch ‘other’? Be lonely? Feel alive? Escape human connection? Or see what the world would be like without us? These places change us, and with music by Dan himself and prompting from Colin - solo in this episode - together they ponder ultimately whether humans are entitled to go to these places that might themselves be irrevocably changed by our visits? 

THEME MUSIC BY DAVID ROTHENBERG. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USED BY KIND PERMISSION OF THE ARTIST http://www.davidrothenberg.net 

Some of the ideas and references we make in this podcast can be found here:

Outpost: A Journey to the Wild Ends of the Earth 

Wealden Literary Festival 

Dan Richards 

Svalbard 

Ny Ålesund 

Polar Bear 

Climate change 

Desolation Peak 

Jack Kerouac 

On the Road 

Thoreau 

Walden 

Roald Dahl 

Francis Bacon 

Edward Abbey 

Gary Snyder  

Cairngorm Mountains 

Bothy 

Iceland sæluhús 

Mars Desert Research Station 

Cordouan Lighthouse 

Ray Bradbury 

The Foghorn 

The Signalman, Charles Dickens 

Roger Deakin 

Nicky Wire, Manic Street Preachers 

Oscar II Land