“There is presence in that landscape, but you can’t identify it.”
March 3, 2019 1:58 PM   Subscribe

BBC Radio 3 takes “a journey into the strange and unsettling world of the English Eerie", "discovers a growing movement of artists, writers and musicians exploring impressions of the ‘Eerie’ in the landscape” and explores “how the tradition of the Eerie is being revived in response to contemporary fears and crises. (the English Eerie previously on Mefi, prompted by Robert Macfarlane’s treasure trove of an article.)

Some of the artists featured in the programme:

PJ Harvey, musician

Richard Skelton, musician and publisher

Helen Macdonald, writer and friend of hawk

Robert Macfarlane, writer

Tacita Dean, artist and nominee for the Turner Prize

Ben Wheatley, film-maker

Timothy Morton, ecologist

Adam Scovell, writer and film-maker, who ‘argues there’s a positive force in engaging with the Eerie in an era when the British landscape is at the centre of environmental and political conflicts’

Rob St John, writer and artist - the programme plays his underwater sound-recording of pondweed photosynthesising.

Throughout the programme hangs the shadow of the late great Mark Fisher, author of ‘The Weird and the Eerie’.

And of course, the English countryside. Long Meg and her Daughters, the first place the programme visits.
posted by reynir (6 comments total) 58 users marked this as a favorite
I have found the Facebook group Folk Horror Revival to be a continuous fount of resources related to this sort of thing. It's slightly distinct from the primary topic of this post but closely related.
posted by mwhybark at 3:01 PM on March 3 [4 favorites]

They have a non-FB presence as well.
posted by mwhybark at 3:02 PM on March 3 [2 favorites]

Definitely a strong folk horror vibe here, with a cross-current of Ballardian dread in industrial and post-industrial settings.
Well done.
posted by doctornemo at 10:25 PM on March 3 [1 favorite]

John Coulthart's always been my go-to person for explorations into the English eerie, among many other things.
posted by octobersurprise at 6:19 AM on March 4 [2 favorites]

May I recommend the BBC radio drama Pilgrim, where Albion meets the present day from countryside to city. Well written and acted, suitably spooky in parts.

The 7 series are available (at least via Audible) in two audiobook collections.

From the BBC: "Writer and creator, Sebastian Baczkiewicz explains his thinking behind the series; ‘As a writer I’m always drawn to the sense that numerous realities can exist all the time, and the layers of our culture and our being are all around us in those places. What was a housing estate or a Tesco’s might once have had a story, or have a depth to it, particularly in a country as old and as rich in story and those kind of traditions as this one.’"
posted by nofunnyname at 8:33 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

I like the connections made to climate change and industrialization.
Could have used more Blackwood and Machen, though.
posted by doctornemo at 11:39 AM on March 4 [1 favorite]

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