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edgelands
April 25, 2011, 9:06 am
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Holy Week is over.  A good sleep, a lie in, and then finding that Edgelands, which I am looking forward to reading, is the Book of the Week.  An excellent start to a few days off –  a space to catch up on some rest, on time with my family, on the garden, a little bit of walking (and some planning for a longer walk soon).

BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week this week is Edgelands by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts.  Details of how to listen here and of the book here:

Poets Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts explore a wilderness that is much closer than you think: those debatable zones that are neither town nor countryside. These two lyric poets celebrate the strange beauty of these places that we all journey through, but generally fail to acknowledge.

Recorded entirely on location in the English edgelands, this Book of the Week journeys through the post-industrial landscapes of ruined warehouses, landfill sites, retail parks, sewage works and power stations.

Today, the car breaker’s yard and the graffitied bridge.

Read by Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts
Produced by Emma Harding

Edgelands is published by Jonathan Cape (27th February 2011). It won a Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for non-fiction in 2009.

Paul Farley is the author of four collections of poetry – including ‘Ice Age’ – and has received the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Michael Symmons Roberts has published five collections of poetry – including ‘Corpus’, which won the Whitbread Poetry Award – and two novels. He is a frequent collaborator with the composer James MacMillan and their opera, ‘The Sacrifice’ won the RPS Award.

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