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Investigating some of the most persistent and fascinating stories from Forest of Dean literature over the past 400 years.

The Reading the Forest Podcast: the stories behind the stories Reading the Forest

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Investigating some of the most persistent and fascinating stories from Forest of Dean literature over the past 400 years.

    007's Angel and the Plot to Burn the Forest

    007's Angel and the Plot to Burn the Forest

    Was there really a sixteenth-century Spanish plot to burn down the Forest of Dean? 

    In this first episode of The Stories Behind the Stories join us as we investigate Tom Bevan's 1907 book Sea Dogs All!: a tale of forest and sea. Pure fanciful fiction from the pen of an Edwardian author, or  based on elements of historical fact? Find out about Bevan and the world of early-twentieth-century children's fiction, and about the Royal Forest of Dean in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. A literary historical roller coaster ride with twists and turns along the way as we look for the truth behind 007's angel and the plot to burn the Forest.

    Presented by Dr Jason Griffiths and Dr Roger Deeks. With Dr Debby Thacker and Dr Ian Standing. 

    Featuring the voice talents of 'El Draco', Barney Rowe, Martha Beard, and Rachel Griffiths. 

    • 52 min
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    New podcast series from Reading the Forest - 'the stories behind the stories' - investigating some of the most persistent and fascinating stories of Forest of Dean literature. With Dr Jason Griffiths & Dr Roger Deeks. Coming soon...

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