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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, August 07, 2008
    Places of imagined possibilities
     
    Thanks, Deb, for the prompt about three upcoming programmes in Radio 4's Thinking Allowed series: Imagination and The Countryside, Imagination and The Suburbs and Imagination and The City.

    The programme makers aimed to complement the views of social scientists on the perils and pleasures of life in the countryside, the suburbs and the town, with the literary versions of such places from novelists like Joanna Trollope, Iain Sinclair and Will Self. 'The result was revelatory,' presenter Laurie Taylor said.

    How are different environments imagined and lived? When people select to live in one area or another, the programme makers say, 'choices are made on the basis of imagined possibilities, fears and understandings of particular places, which are themselves constructed in multifarious ways from the media to hearsay.'

    We kind-of know that; but the programmes promise to 'unpack in novel ways the complexity of living in different places'. Good idea. They're on the next three Wednesday afternoons at 4.00. Or you can always listen again.