By Watling Street
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Watling Street is a 4-part psychogeographical podcast, uncovering little-known corners of Britain’s history and culture by travelling along this prehistoric road, one of the first lines on our map. It is presented by authors David Bramwell and John Higgs and features talks, poetry, music performances and conversations with such guests as Iain Sinclair, Alan Moore, Salena Godden and Miranda Kane. This podcast is funded by ACE.
||CleanEpisode Four: Here be dragons||In our final leg of the journey John and I head to Wales, from Oswestry through Snowdonia to a carpark in Anglesey. We talk stories and national identity with Cerys Mathews, explore the symbol of the dragon, discuss the film Penda’s Fen,||12 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Three: In Search of the Omphalus||David and John travel to Northampton to meet author Alan Moore and are surprised to discover his role in the building of Milton Keynes. David is even more surprised to discover the newtown was built as a sun temple and watches the midsummer sunrise the.||6 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode Two: London’s Invisibles||David and John explore London’s forgotten relics and hidden people. They discuss the myth-laden London Stone and visit Cross Bones – a graveyard for sex workers – with John Constable, who wrote a play about it, dictated to him by a giant goose!||9 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1||David and John travel to Kent to explore the themes of pilgrimage and the conflict between spiritual and political powers. They discuss A Canterbury Tale, the life of Brian Haw and talk about Carry-On’s Charles Hawtry with author Andy Miller.||6 7 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Amazing journey through history.
Fascinating stories and eccentric figures brought to life
I'm a fan of John Higgs' books which uncover hidden histories of places and times you take for granted. This is like that but BETTER! Higgs and David Bramwell travel around the English countryside chatting to ordinary (and extraordinary) people about the mysteries of Britain's oldest road, Watling Street. In this episode I found out about writers and activists I'd never heard of and discovered lots of interesting facts about Kent I can impress people with! You'll love it if you're into unusual stories, psychogeography, forgotten films, the countryside -- that kind of thing.