beneath the stream
11. Wild Wood

11. Wild Wood

April 9, 2019

“To enter a wood is to pass into a different world” said author Roger Deakin, and in this episode, recorded in ancient Staverton Thicks forest, we explore why it is that there is a history of humans going to the woods to grow and learn, and to travel to find ourselves, often by getting lost. Why is it a place of story-telling, of fairy tales, of childhood imagination?

Disorientating for many modern humans, is there a density of ‘otherness’ in forest, and is this why for us the wild wood is it place of fear but also a place that we love? Sit with us on a mossy fallen tree as we question whether these are places to hide, to escape and adventure, or ones to fear where the non-human - or perhaps human - is watching us.

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:

Blair Witch Project 

The Legend of Boggy Creek

Staverton Thicks 

Pollarding 

Gossip from the Forest - Sara Maitland 

Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak 

Grimm’s Fairy Tales 

As You Like It - William Shakespeare 

Walden - Henry David Thoreau 

Wood - Andy Goldsworthy

The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorn 

The Consolations of the Forest - Sylvain Tesson 

Wild Wood - Roger Deakin 

Woodlands - Oliver Rackham 

Lord of the Rings 

Domesday Book 

Beowulf 

Białowieża 

Baka people 

The Witch - Robert Eggers 

Grizzly Adams 

Olympic National Park 

Massachusetts

Polish Jewish villages