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Episode 2

Robert Macfarlane on vivid places and the words they conjure up: Essex, John Alec Baker and a peregrine falcon. From 2015.

Robert Macfarlane visits some inspiring places, to meet the people and 'collect' the words that evoke the area.

One day he sees a 'quick dark curve' - and recalls a particular bird of prey, made majestic in print by John Alec Baker.

Abridged for radio by Penny Leicester

Readers: Tobias Menzies and the author

Producer: Duncan Minshull

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in March 2015

15 minutes

Last on

Wed 18 Mar 2020 02:45


Role Contributor
Reader Tobias Menzies
Reader Robert Macfarlane
Producer Duncan Minshull
Author Robert Macfarlane
Abridger Penny Leicester


  • Tue 31 Mar 2015 09:45
  • Wed 1 Apr 2015 00:30
  • Tue 17 Mar 2020 14:45
  • Wed 18 Mar 2020 02:45