beneath the stream

10. Myth and The Woodwose - feat. Thea Smiley

March 7, 2019

We humans have long made sense of the non-human world around, and beyond us, through storytelling and myth. Folklore has much to say about hairy wild men, and women, and their relationship to us, past and present. Exploring these motifs, stories and the creative process, we focus on these ‘woodwose’, their presence on church fonts, and their probable origins as creatures and symbols. 

We speak with playwright Thea Smiley who, with theatre company Wonderful Beast, has written about The Last Wildman and The Woodwose. With her we ponder what we should learn from wild places and wild people, and the 'mythical' beings who perhaps know more than we do about how to live.

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:

Aesops Fables 

Pliny  

Michael Witzel

Selkie

Flood mythology 

Werewolf 

Wendigo 

Griffin 

Thea Smiley

Wonderful Beast theatre company 

Return of the Wildman 

Woodwose 

Woodwose photos 

Matt Salusbury 

The Wildman 

Wildman of Orford 

Ludham font 

Ralph of Coggeshal

Green children of Woolpit 

Orford Ness 

Ted Hughes ‘Wodwo’ 

Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Almasty