Will Self's Great British Bus Journey
By BBC Radio 4
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Will Self takes a 1,000-mile tour of the UK by bus and coach, exploring urban Britain and British identity at a time of flux.
||CleanLast Bus to the Border||Will Self concludes his tour of the UK in Derry-Londonderry||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAcross the Irish Sea||Will speaks to locals in East Kilbride about their identity and then heads for the ferry.||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Night in East Kilbride||Will takes the bus from Middlesbrough to East Kilbride.||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDual Control to Middlesbrough||Will heads to Middlesbrough where he learns about the booming digital scene||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Preston Model||Will assesses a bold civic experiment at Preston's iconic bus garage.||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJobless in Wolverhampton||Will Self speaks to jobless young people in Wolverhampton.||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRock On At The Giffard||Will visits Wolverhampton's local paper and rocks out at the town's goth pub.||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Trip Down Rusty Lane||Will Self visits the place which JB Priestley described as the worst street in England.||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSoup and Laverbread||Will Self boards the coach for Swansea where he assesses the state of Welsh identity.||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBack to the Future||Will Self embarks on a 1000 mile tour of the UK – travelling only by bus and coach||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to Will Self's Great British Bus Journey||Will Self makes a 1,000-mile tour of the UK, by bus and coach, exploring British identity||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Enjoy the ride through a fractured post-Brexit landscape
Travelling the length and breadth of Britain at this curious historical juncture by means of the omnibus and the coach. In the wheeltracks if not the footsteps of historical figures. Self is the perfect person for this. With his distinctive voiceover, punctuated by interviews with locals, it’s a mixture of the literary and the gritty, with sometimes surreal results. Typical Will Self, in other words. If you’re familiar with his Psychogeographies newspaper column, you'll know what to expect. But this is a particularly timely journey, as the UK seemingly tectonically reorients itself. Mind you, this podcast may have extra resonance for me, a British expat in Trumpland who is trying to work out what the heck is happening right now.