Uncanny Landscapes
Uncanny Landscapes #12 - Michael Pawlyn

Uncanny Landscapes #12 - Michael Pawlyn

February 2, 2022
Uncanny Landscapes #12 -Michael Pawlyn
 
An interview by Justin Hopper with architect, writer and systems thinker Michael Pawlyn.
 
Michael Pawlyn is a pioneer in the field of biomimicry - drawing inspiration from mechanisms found in the nonhuman world to inspire architecture and design - and a leading name in regenerative thinking. Michael was one of the key figures in designing the Eden Project, and the Sahara Forest Project and he's co-founder of Architects Declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency. He operates his own practice, Exploration Architecture.
 
 
Flourish's co-author is Sarah Ichioka - she has her own site, as well as one for her practice, Desire Lines.
 
I encountered Michael and his work at Flipside Festival 2021: Searching for Albion - a festival of the literature of place held annually in rural Suffolk. Join the Flipside mailing list here.
 
The music is by Woodchester Piano Company, from the album Persevera, available from their bandcamp page.
 
Special thanks to Gareth Evans.
 
Host Justin Hopper can be found via Twitter and Link Tree. There is also an Uncanny Landscapes twitter account.
 
Title sounds by The Belbury Poly courtesy Ghost Box Records
 
Icons by Stefan Musgrove
Uncanny Landscapes #11 - Richard Skelton

Uncanny Landscapes #11 - Richard Skelton

December 22, 2021
Uncanny Landscapes #11 - Richard Skelton
 
An interview by Justin Hopper with writer, artist and musician Richard Skelton. 
 
Richard Skelton is a writer, artist and musician whose work explores the human relationship to landscape; along with the poet Autumn Richardson, he is co-founder of Corbel Stone Press, a preeminent venue for contemporary and historical writing about place and nature from around the world.
 
Links:
 
Corbel Stone Press's website and the bandcamp site for their Aeolian music imprint are the places to start exploring Richard and Autumn's work. This includes Richard's latest book, Stranger in the Mask of a Deer, the album Four Workings and their journal, Reliquiae, which are featured in this interview, as well as just-released new publications, recordings and artworks.
 
Host Justin Hopper can be found via Twitter and Link Tree.
 
Title sounds by The Belbury Poly courtesy Ghost Box Records
 
Icons by Stefan Musgrove / Firebrand Creative
 
Uncanny Landscapes #10 - Sonia Overall

Uncanny Landscapes #10 - Sonia Overall

October 21, 2021
An interview by Justin Hopper with writer, academic and psychogeographer Sonia Overall.
 
Sonia Overall is a writer, academic and avid psychogeographer based in southeast England. She is the founder of Women Who Walk, a network for creatives and academics, as well as the creator of many walking-based projects including Distance Drift, a lockdown-inspired weekly psychogeographic prompt. Her recent book Heavy Time follows a 'pilgrimage' walk through the east of England, exploring the idea of 'thin places' and walking with intent. She speaks to us about psychogeography, hauntings, the dissolving lines between her field and 'new nature writing', women in psychogeography and more.
 
Links:
 
The music in this episode is by Oddfellow's Casino, the recording project of writer and producer Dr. David Bramwell, and includes work from both the instrumental and with-words versions of their album, The Cult of Water. It's available from the Oddfellow's Casino Bandcamp page. Used by permission of the artists, with great thanks.
 
Host Justin Hopper is on twitter, and has a Link Tree.
 
Title sounds by The Belbury Poly courtesy Ghost Box Records
 
Uncanny Landscapes #9 - Gary Budden

Uncanny Landscapes #9 - Gary Budden

September 7, 2021
Uncanny Landscapes #8 - Gary Budden
 
An interview by Justin Hopper with writer Gary Budden
 
Gary Budden is a Kent-born, London-based, writer of weird fiction and also-weird non-fiction. His latest collection of short stories, London Incognita, explores the realities of a fractured capital through tales of the otherwise. His non-fiction collaborations with the artist Maxim Griffin explore his uncanny home on the Kentish shoreline. He speaks with us about Landscape Punk, underground music, birdwatching, Arthur Machen and more.
 
Links:
Gary has a website here; his latest book is available from Dead Ink Books, and his collaborative works are available from the author.
 

The music is by Swedish band Seeds in Barren Fields, from their project, Sånger som rämnar - available via their Bandcamp. Used by permission of the artists, and with great thanks.

 
Host Justin Hopper is on twitter, and has a Link Tree.
 
Title sounds by The Belbury Poly courtesy Ghost Box Records
 
Uncanny Landscapes #8 - Rich Pell of Center for PostNatural History

Uncanny Landscapes #8 - Rich Pell of Center for PostNatural History

November 26, 2020
Uncanny Landscapes #8 - Rich Pell, the Center for PostNatural History
 
An interview by Justin Hopper with artist Rich Pell of the Center for PostNatural History. 
 
Rich Pell is an artist and art professor based in Pittsburgh who founded and operates the Center for PostNatural History - a permanent museum dedicated to the cultural influence on evolution.
 
Links:
The Center has a website, and is also on Twitter. The film Pell made with filmmaker Penny Lane, about the history of Sea Monkeys, is available from her website. And Ian Nagoski's record label, Canary Records, has a Bandcamp including archival birdsong material.
 
The music was (Wo)MenHir, from Building the Goddess Temple, and The Orbenfolk, from Suppertime Seance, by Orbury Common - available from their Bandcamp
 
You can support this podcast by purchasing the books we mention from the Uncanny Landscapes Bookshop mini-shop
 
Host Justin Hopper is on twitter, and has a Link Tree.
 
Title sounds by The Belbury Poly courtesy Ghost Box Records
 
Uncanny Landscapes #7 - Kate Davis

Uncanny Landscapes #7 - Kate Davis

November 12, 2020
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Uncanny Landscapes #7 - Kate Davis
 
An interview by Justin Hopper with poet Kate Davis. 
 
Kate Davis is a poet, performer, artist, swimmer, taxidermist and more based in the Furness peninsula of northwestern England. Her book The Girl Who Forgets How To Walk (Penned in the Margins) examines a lifelong relationship to that landscape as affected by childhood polio. 
 
Links:
Kate Davis is on Twitter; her book is available from Penned in the Margins. The film of The Girl Who Forgets How To Walk, made with Julia Parks, is available online via the Zebra Poetry Film Festival from 13-22 November, and afterwards via Julia Parks’ website

The music was Undertow by Richard Skelton, on the album The Complete Landings, available from Bandcamp

You can support this podcast and its interviewees by purchasing Kate’s book and many others mentioned from the Uncanny Landscapes Bookshop mini-shop

Host Justin Hopper is on twitter, and has a Link Tree here.

Title sounds by The Belbury Poly courtesy Ghost Box Records
Icons by Stefan Musgrove / Firebrand Creative

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
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