The South Country
A sequence of music, poetry and prose celebrating the landscape of southern England, with readings by Tamsin Greig and Neil Pearson. With works by Edward Thomas, Belloc, Tippett.
Inspired by the recent republication of Edward Thomas's essay collection The South Country, the weekly sequence of music, poetry and prose celebrates the landscape of southern England, in particular three counties in which the poet loved to walk: Sussex, Hampshire and Wiltshire.
Tamsin Greig and Neil Pearson read prose by fellow observer-wanderers Gilbert White, William Cobbett and Richard Jefferies, and poetry by such lovers of the south as Flora Thompson, Andrew Young, Hilaire Belloc, Molly Holden and, of course, Edward Thomas himself. The music includes orchestral music and songs by John Ireland, Michael Tippett, The Copper Family and the English Acoustic Collective among others.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Home Thoughts from the Desert, reader Tamsin Greig
The Run of the Downs, reader Neil Pearson
Nature Near London (extract), reader Tamsin Greig
Man and Dog, reader Neil Pearson
On Scratchbury Camp, reader Tamsin Greig
Mansfield Park (extract), reader Tamsin Greig
Rural Rides (extract), reader Neil Pearson
Wiltshire Downs, reader Tamsin Greig
The Combe, reader Neil Pearson
Women He Liked, reader Tamsin Greig
The Natural History of Selborne (extract), reader Neil Pearson
Francis William Bourdillon
On the South Downs, reader Tamsin Greig
The South Country, reader Neil Pearson
After the Requested Cremation, reader Tamsin Greig