Into The Wild
Blake. Shelley. Wordsworth. Larkin. Ted Hughes. The soft, sleepy countryside of England has always been a rich inspiration for the nation’s wordsmiths. As part of Radio 3’s The Essay, Novel builds out a next-gen take: five city-dwelling young poets leave the bedsits and bus routes behind to wander into the wilds, airing their very modern problems – urban alienation, pandemic blues, post-colonial beliefs – in today’s sweeping rural landscapes. Here, they find room to breathe and time to think, in an Arcadia both transformed and preserved.