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Edgelands

The terms ‘edgelands’ seems to be gaining a firmer foothold in the popular imagination. The book by Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley, Edgelands: Journeys into England’s True Wilderness made visible an idea that, as Robert Macfarlane pointed out in his review, was already gaining currency in recent discussions of the contemporary border between country and the city.

Iain Sinclair has been traversing the ignored borderlands of London in his fiction and his travelogue / psychogeographies for many years (most famously in London Orbital, 2002). Marion Shoard in 2002 defined it as the ‘apparently unplanned, certainly uncelebrated and largely incomprehensible territory where town and country meet’.[1] Alan Berger described such spaces as ‘drossscape’ in studies of the same name in 2006.

Now comes the musician Karl Hyde (from the techno-group Underworld), who has created a documentary film The Outer Edges with director Kieran Evans that charts the edgelands of Essex via the river Roding to the Thames Estuary.

 



[1] ‘Edgelands’ in Remaking the Landscape, edited by Jennifer Jenkins (Profile Books, 2002). http://www.marionshoard.co.uk/Documents/Articles/Environment/Edgelands-Remaking-the-Landscape.pdf [accessed 3/4/13]

03. April 2013 by s.gregg
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