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Exploring the rich literary heritage of the Forest of Dean

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Exploring the rich literary heritage of the Forest of Dean

    Stewart Carswell - poetry now

    Stewart Carswell - poetry now

    Poet Stewart Carswell discusses his second published collection of poetry. Hear how Stewart approaches writing, what poets do when they're not writing, and hear him read two poems from 'Earthworks'.  

    • 16 min
    Maggie Clutterbuck - poetry now

    Maggie Clutterbuck - poetry now

    Poet and author Maggie Clutterbuck discusses her latest poetry collection 'Jakdaw Summer', and reads two of her poems from this her latest publication. 

    • 20 min
    Dick Brice - poetry now

    Dick Brice - poetry now

    Singer-songwriter Dick Brice talks about his first ever published collection of poetry. Find out how it came about, how he originally got into writing and performing music, and hear Dick perform two of his poems from the collections.

    • 18 min
    Series 2 Trailer: Poetry Now

    Series 2 Trailer: Poetry Now

    Hear about our second series of The Reading the Forest Podcast coming soon...this time focusing on contemporary Forest poets. 

    • 57 sec
    The Haunted Forest - the stories behind the stories

    The Haunted Forest - the stories behind the stories

    Why are there so many Forest of Dean stories of ghosts, hauntings and spooky places?

    There’s a small but enthusiastic community of paranormal investigators and ghost hunters in the Forest, and in recent years plenty of books published detailing mysterious apparitions, unexplained cold spots, bumps in the night…Many of these present-day hauntings can be linked back to historical events -  the final curse of a dying man, a wrongly accused woman, a fatal dispute. The stories are often associated with old houses but there are as many, it seems, linked to places - spots in the landscape where you don’t want to linger as the sun starts to go down.  Is there something special about the Forest landscape that lends itself to these ghostly manifestations? In this episode we look at how Forest of Dean authors have used ghost stories to not only send a chill down their readers’ spine, but also to explore contemporary issues and, unresolved history. Join us as we look back to the hey-day of the ghosts story, and gain insights from present-day authors Tiffany Murray and Andrew Taylor. And, we investigate the story behind the story of one of the most iconic Forest of Dean ghosts stories – the slave boy of Littledean Hall.

    Presented by Dr Jason Griffiths and Dr Roger Deeks. Featuring Interviews with Dr Tiffany Murray, Andrew Taylor, and Harry Cole, and extracts of a reading by Keith Morgan. Also featuring the voices of Anna Grimmett, Oscar Grimmett, Darren Hoskins and Rachel Griffiths.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Six Fingered Jack, the French General, and...Don't Mention the Bears! - the stories behind the stories

    Six Fingered Jack, the French General, and...Don't Mention the Bears! - the stories behind the stories

    In the Forest of Dean one day in 1889 something happened that people in the Forest - and in particular those in the village of Ruardean - have never been allowed to forget. The story of that day - and its legacy - has made its way into poems, drama, novels, local guides, and, radio and television programmes. Why is it that still today, 130 years later, that we are still talking about 'the killing of the bears'? Join us as we explore the literary legacy of that event, and the legendarily provocative question 'who killed the bears?'. Discover the poets and authors who have helped keep the story alive, and find out the real reason why the events of that day became a story of international importance.  

    • 1 hr 7 min

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