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A Walk in the Woods

Danish radio producer Rikke Houd takes a walk in the forest - a place to get lost in, and a place to find oneself too.

Our relationship to the forest is ancient and complex. Woodland offers protection but also harbours some of our deepest fears.

Danish radio producer Rikke Houd takes a walk in the forest, in the company of writers including Henry David Thoreau, Pablo Neruda, Dinah Hawken and the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, and discovers a place where we can both lose and find ourselves.

With music by Jussi Björling, the Polish composer and dendrophiliac Krzysztof Penderecki and the Swedish musician Victoria Bergsman, who performs as Taken By Trees.

Produced by Alan Hall
A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 28 Feb 2016 23:30

Music Played

  • Amiina

    What are we waiting for

    • Puzzle.
    • Amiinamusik.
  • Monica Zetterlund & Bill Evans

    Vindarna sucka uti skogarna

    • Waltz For Debby.
    • Riverside.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Solen er saa rod mor [The sun is so red, mother]

    Performer: Ulrik Cold.
    • De Bedste Sange.
    • Classico.
  • Bonnie Prince Billy

    Even if love

    Performer: Bonnie Prince Billy.
    • Master and Everyone.
    • Domino.
  • Hugo Alfven

    Skogen sover [The forest sleeps] vers. for voice and piano

    Performer: Jussi Bjorling.
    • Nimbus.
    • Jussi Bjorling, Volume 2.
  • BE Wheeler

    The Pine Tree

    Performer: Johnny Cash/June Carter.
    • Duets.
    • Columbia.


Title: Hope

Author: Dinah Hawken

Publisher: Victoria University Press

Title: Lost in the Forest 

Author: Pablo Neruda

Publisher: Bloodaxe

Title: The Clearing (from Truth Barriers)

Author: Tomas Tranströmer (trans. Robert Bly)

Publisher: Sierra Club Books