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Edgelands explores a wilderness that is much closer than you think a debatable zone neither the city nor the countryside but a place in between so familiar it is never seen for looking Passed through negotiated unnamed ignored the edgelands have become the great wild places on our doorsteps places so difficult to acknowledge they barely exist Edgelands forms a critiue of what we value as 'wild' and allows our allotments. Most of the non fiction I read has an element of nature writing about it but this book is rather than that Farley and Roberts aim is to reclaim and celebrate the edgelands that surround our cities and the book is a fascinating account of the way landscapes are developed either by human intervention or by nature reclaiming what is left behind after human activity Both writers are poets so the book is inevitably reflective and personal despite the joint authorial voice which makes it impossible to deduce who wrote which parts of it Many other poets and artists are citedEach chapter has a one word title encapsulating its theme most of them specific human activities ranging from den building and mining to hotels and airports and the whole makes a fascinating portrait of the England that many of us take for granted Encounters with Rauschenberg unnamed ignored the edgelands have become the great wild places on our doorsteps places so difficult to acknowledge they barely exist Edgelands forms a critiue of what we value as 'wild' and allows our allotments. Most of the non fiction I read has an element of nature writing about it but this book is rather than that Farley and Roberts aim is to reclaim and celebrate the edgelands that surround our cities and the book is a fascinating account of the way landscapes are developed either by human intervention or by nature reclaiming what is left behind after human activity Both writers are poets so the book is inevitably reflective and personal despite the joint authorial voice which makes it impossible to deduce who wrote which parts of it Many other poets and artists are citedEach chapter has a one word title encapsulating its theme most of them specific human activities ranging from den building and mining to hotels and airports and the whole makes a fascinating portrait of the England that many of Doctors, Ambassadors, Secretaries us take for granted

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Edgelands Journeys into England's True Wilderness

Railways motorways wasteland and water a presence in the world and a strange beauty all of their ownPaul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts both well known poets have lived and worked and known these places all their lives and in Edgelands their journeying prose fuses in the anonymous tradition to allow this in between world to speak up for itself They write about mobile masts and gravel pits business parks and landfill. Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts introduce us to a part of our world that we had long forgotten even existedThis unlikely addition to my bookshelf was recommended to me by someone who has since gone off on travels to Shangri La in a hot air balloon but when they return I shall be sure to express my unending gratitude for their counsel Edgelands is a series of journeys into the parts of England s wilderness that we are all accustomed to either ignoring or looking past Neither the town nor country but spaces where urban and rural negotiate and renegotiate their borders They can be places that we don t want to see like power stations sewage works or landfill sites places of former industrialisation that are now sites of intense retail competition for weekend shoppers or even simply undeveloped wastelandThe authors who visit many different edgeland areas draw on history to explore what has happened to these places and then explore what they are used for now even reminiscing about their own childhood memories which uite often has the effect of bringing memories of your own flooding back You ll find yourself not only picturing the scene they re describing but also trying to remember a place from your own past that says the same thing They give us an insight into the changing nature of England s towns and show how the edgelands have even within their own lifetimes transformed moved even been occupied by the diverse wildlifeBoth authors are accomplished poets themselves and also draw on the poetry of others as well as art and literature to try and shine a spotlight on what they believe is the beauty of the edgelands both the natural and the not so natural They achieve their goal with resounding success now I can t even take a train ride or a bus out of town without gazing out of the window at the edgelands of the north east and wondering just the same things that Farley and Roberts do in this bookWith each chapter devoted to a different subject many of which are inextricably linked the book is not a linear journey from the first page to the last it is not chapter after chapter of simply describing particular places either there is also much of their explorations in the process of writing the book Documenting visits to the many places they write about an outlet village the Birmingham NEC a pallet yard A book Yes a book about the edgelands The what Pallets It s about pallets Edgelands is a wonderful insight into long forgotten about places It will give you a greater appreciation for the things you never notice But most importantly it s just a fascinating and enjoyable book to read

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Sites in the same way the Romantic writers forged a way of looking at an overlooked but now familiar landscape of hills and lakes and rivers England the first country to industrialise now offers the world's most mature post industrial terrain and is still in a state of flux Edgelands takes the reader on a journey through its forgotten spaces so that we can marvel at this richly mysterious cheek by jowl region in our mids. Beautiful and engrossing Psychogeography is a battleground you ve got social commentators using it and artists and occultists These authors being poets do their bit here to stake a claim for the right of poets to use the psychogeographical kitbag There are some asides early on about the miserabilist tendencies of psychogeographers a not so suitable dig at the likes of Iain Sinclair and Will Self The book thus sets out its credentials as inclined to beauty than socio cultural critiue And there s nothing wrong with thatThe writing and observations are very beautiful with those bright splashes of shocking originality that only poetry can do But I don t think they escape entirely their own accusation of miserabilism especially in some of the later chapters examining the effects of commercialisation and commodification upon the landscape Could it be shock horror that psychogeography is something than a well defined sense of place which poetry has always found itself so well euipped to evoke Perhaps the psychogeographical kitbag has a logic all its own which leads one inevitably into critiueI think this accounts perhaps for the authors choice of scope the edgelands spaces not uite in the city because in the city it would be harder to escape the impression of a critiue or challenge to the established order It s harder to say things about urban spaces without positioning oneself either inside or outside the consensus view The edgelands however afford a certain aesthetic distance Occultists for instance love these spaces because they provide a refuge and a cover for their activities outside the mainstream For the artist or poet however I suspect that they offer the attraction of being neither inside nor outsideBut all of that aside poetry still kicks arse when it comes to an evocation of the sense of place The beauty and sensitivity of this book are than enough to carry it through


10 thoughts on “Edgelands Journeys into England's True Wilderness

  1. says:

    Most of the non fiction I read has an element of nature writing about it but this book is rather than that Farley and Roberts aim is to reclaim and celebrate the edgelands that surround our cities and the book is a

  2. says:

    Loved it A fascinating traipse through those areas which are certainly not rural but are not exactly urban The two writers

  3. says:

    Personal explorations and childhood recollections by the authors united into one voice plus a good trawl of references to writings art and photography informed by those 'edgelands' which border the city proper and the countryside seen only as edges if as usually simply travelled through but as territories in their own right when im

  4. says:

    A very disappointing book I bought it expecting to enjoy a series of prose poems evoking the strange attraction of city marg

  5. says:

    really exciting and surprising stuff will change the way you lookoverlook at a lot of things defo makes train and bus journeys exciting also there's a lot of really lovely digressions on birds

  6. says:

    Paul Farley and Michael Symmons Roberts introduce us to a part of our world that we had long forgotten even existedThis unlikely addition to my bookshelf was recommended to me by someone who has since gone off on travels to Shangri La

  7. says:

    For someone who has always been scared of abandoned cars on the side of a roads this book was always going to at least hold my attention The authors are fascinated by the spaces between the urban and the rural and do well in attempting to break

  8. says:

    Beautiful and engrossing Psychogeography is a battleground you've got social commentators using it and artists an

  9. says:

    Though I was at times slightly frustrated by the uncertainty of this never was 'edgeland' convincingly defined

  10. says:

    After an intro which nearly put me off altogether its 'we' made it feel far too much like a manifesto this settles down into a charming celebration of the pleasures of overgrown nowheres in particular and why mothballed building sites make the

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