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.
Episode 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, hear a tale from storyteller Eric Maddern and finish with a specially commissioned … Continue reading "Episode Four: Here be dragons"
Episode 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 there with John before Watling Street’s author takes him on a … Continue reading "Episode Three: In Search of the Omphalus"
Episode 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!
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.