Of Mud and Flame

Of Mud and Flame

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Of Mud and Flame

Of Mud and Flame
A Penda's Fen Sourcebook
Edited by Matthew Harle and James Machin
Paperback
210mm x 147mm
60+ b/w illustrations
368 pages
£15.99

Child be strange, dark, true, impure and dissonant. Cherish our flame. Our dawn shall come...

In 1974, the BBC broadcast the film Penda’s Fen, leaving audiences mystified and spellbound. “Make no mistake. We had a major work of television last night,” The Timesdeclared the next morning. Written by the playwright and classicist David Rudkin, the film follows Stephen, an 18-year-old boy, whose identity, sexuality, and suffocating nationalism unravel through a series of strange visions. After its original broadcast, Penda’s Fenvanished into mythic status, with only a single rebroadcast in 1990 sustaining its cult following. Penda’s Fenhas now become totemic for those interested in Britain’s deep history, folklore, and landscape.

Of Mud & Flameincludes insightful essays by scholars across a range of disciplines including television history, literature, theatre, and medieval studies. It also contains a wealth of creative contributions from contemporary writers and poets inspired by this unique cornerstone of Britain’s uncanny archive, as well as recollections from actors Spencer Banks and Christopher Douglas, and reflections from Rudkin himself. Together with this breadth of commentary, Of Mud & Flamealso includes the full revised screenplay of Penda’s Fen, its first time in print since 1975.

CONTRIBUTORS

Spencer Banks, Joseph Brooker, Gary Budden, Daniel O’Donnell-Smith, Christopher Douglas, Daniel Eltringham, Gareth Evans, William Fowler, John Harle, Timothy J. Jarvis, Carolyne Larrington, Roger Luckhurst, Ben Phelpstead, Carl Phelpstead, David Ian Rabey, Brian Robinson, David Rudkin, Yvonne Salmon, Adam Scovell, Craig Wallace, Beth Whalley, Tom White