Uncanny Landscapes
Uncanny Landscapes #6 - Gareth E. Rees

Uncanny Landscapes #6 - Gareth E. Rees

September 25, 2020
Uncanny Landscapes #6 - Gareth E. Rees
 
An interview by Justin Hopper with writer Gareth E. Rees. 
 
Gareth Rees is an author whose books explore modern myths and folklore of place. He has previously published 2013’s Marshland, about Hackney, and 2018’s The Stone Tide, before becoming nationally known for 2019’s Car Park Life. His new book is Unofficial Britain, about the 'first shoots of future folklore emerging from an urban Britain that ... remains very strange indeed'.
 
Links:
Gareth Rees runs the Unofficial Britain website, and can be found on Twitter many days. 
 
Music included ‘Save My Soul’ by Rees’ band The Dirty Contacts, and Church of Ferles by musician, writer and artist Matthew Shaw - available from his Bandcamp. All music courtesy the artists.
 
Host Justin Hopper has a website, too; twitter, even.
 
Title sounds by The Belbury Poly courtesy Ghost Box Records
 
Icons by Stefan Musgrave / Firebrand Creative
Uncanny Landscapes #5 - The Belbury Poly

Uncanny Landscapes #5 - The Belbury Poly

September 17, 2020
Uncanny Landscapes #5 - The Belbury Poly
 
An interview by Justin Hopper with musician and record-label head Jim Jupp. 
 
Jim Jupp records music as The Belbury Poly, and releases his own music as well as that of many others via the Ghost Box Records label he operates with designer Julian House. His latest record, The Gone Away, is a concept album based on fairy lore and touching on ideas of ephemerality and memory in landscape and life. 
 
Links:
The Ghost Box website and twitter feed provide info on Jupp and the label. 
 
Host Justin Hopper has a website, too; twitter, even.
 
Music and title sounds all by The Belbury Poly courtesy Ghost Box Records
 
Icons by Stefan Musgrave / Firebrand Creative
 
 
Uncanny Landscapes #4 - Stein Farstadvoll

Uncanny Landscapes #4 - Stein Farstadvoll

August 13, 2020
Uncanny Landscapes #4 - Stein Farstadvoll
 
An interview by Justin Hopper with archaeologist Stein Farstadvoll. 
 
Stein Farstadvoll is an archaeologist of the contemporary world working in arctic Norway and based at the University of Tromso. His work images vestigial and out-of-place objects that contribute to uncanny places: from an abandoned landscape garden to the military ruins of the area’s World War 2 German fortifications. 
 
Links:
Stein’s instagram and twitter feeds are full of images and information.
 
You can read about the Boxgrove, West Sussex, horse butchery archaeological site on the BBC News site, here.
 
Host Justin Hopper has a website, too; twitter, even.
 
The music is Behind the Spiderweb Gate by Alison Cotton, from her new album Only Darkness Now, available from bandcamp.
 
Title sounds by The Belbury Poly courtesy Ghost Box Records
 
Icons by Stefan Musgrave / Firebrand Creative
Uncanny Landscapes #3 - Roei Greenberg

Uncanny Landscapes #3 - Roei Greenberg

July 30, 2020
An interview by Justin Hopper with photographer Roei Greenberg
 
Roei Greenberg is an London-based Israeli artist whose photographs explore borders and boundaries, whether they are the ‘hot’ political borders of his home on the Israel-Lebanon border, or the subtle, implicit boundaries of the English picturesque. We spoke about his projects English Encounters and Along the Break; about contested landscapes; and about the ghosts that haunt our places, fighting for the chance to be seen. 
 
Links:
 
Roei Greenberg’s website - and, in particular, the projects English Encounters and Along the Break
His photographs ‘Grazing Area, the Ruins of the Arab Village of Kedes’, ‘Syrian Tank’ and 'Hinterland' are discussed in detail.
 
(Host Justin Hopper has a website, too; twitter, even.)
 
Music by Russell McAlpine
Title sounds by The Belbury Poly courtesy Ghost Box Records
Icons by Stefan Musgrave / Firebrand Creative
Uncanny Landscapes #2 - JR Carpenter

Uncanny Landscapes #2 - JR Carpenter

July 19, 2020

An interview by Justin Hopper with writer and artist JR Carpenter.

We spoke about her project This Is a Picture of Wind - a digital exploration of wind and language, now in book form from Longbarrow Press; about weather, climate change and imperialism; about mapping invisible systems, and about Vahni Capildeo's poetic response to Picture of Wind.

Links:

JR Carpenter's This Is a Picture of Wind (digital version)

This is a Picture of Wind from Longbarrow Press

JR's website

(Host Justin Hopper has a website, too; twitter, even.)

Music by Chris Cannon

Title sounds by The Belbury Poly courtesy Ghost Box Records

Icons by Stefan Musgrove / Firebrand Creative

Uncanny Landscapes #1 - Angus Carlyle

Uncanny Landscapes #1 - Angus Carlyle

June 29, 2020

An interview by Justin Hopper with author and artist Angus Carlyle.

We spoke about his books of let’s-call-them-air-quotes-Nature-Writing that both reflect his lifelong love of the genre and some of the conflicts at its heart. About running through the downs at night. About nature writing and indices, and mental health, and hangovers, and about the dadaist bureaucracy through which he approaches the natural world.

There are a few technical glitches in these recordings. Please take these as they are - cracks, through which the light gets in.

Links:

Angus Carlyle's Night Blooms from Makina Books

Angus's website and his Twitter and, why not?, his Instagram

(Host Justin Hopper has a website, too)

Music by Teleplasmiste

Title sounds by The Belbury Poly courtesy Ghost Box Records

Icons by Stefan Musgrove / Firebrand Creative

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