Storied Landscapes: The Narrative Approach to Conservation

Landscapes are storied: they are the embodiment of the narratives of the human and non-human lives that have shaped them. Deliberations over how to manage ecosystems – for example, whether to preserve upland landscapes associated with sheep farming or to allow natural processes to ‘rewild’ them – should be oriented around the following question: given … Continue reading Storied Landscapes: The Narrative Approach to Conservation

Authentic Akenfield? Rural Realism in Peter Hall’s Suffolk

Akenfield, released in 1974 and directed by Peter Hall, tells the story of a Suffolk village across three generations of the 20th century. On the day of his grandfather’s funeral, young farm worker Tom Rouse tries to decide whether to accept the offer from the farmer who employs him to move into his grandfather’s tied … Continue reading Authentic Akenfield? Rural Realism in Peter Hall’s Suffolk