The Lark Ascending: Richard King and Luke TurnerThursday 20 June 2019, 7 p.m. · 54 minutes
‘To have a communal experience of the landscape is actually quite a difficult thing to do – so the more I wrote about people in the landscape experiencing the landscape, the more I realised I was going to be writing about things like the definition of trespass and ownership of land, and the economics of agriculture and permission.’
In his latest book The Lark Ascending (Faber) Richard King, author of Original Rockers and How Soon is Now?, explores how Britain's history and identity have been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and nature. From the far west of Wales to the Thames Estuary and the Suffolk shoreline, taking in Brian Eno, Kate Bush, Boards of Canada, Dylan Thomas, Gavin Bryars, Greenham Common and The Kinder Scout Mass Trespass, The Lark Ascending listens to the land and the music that emerged from it, to chart a new and surprising course through a familiar landscape.
King was in conversation with Luke Turner, editor of the influential online music publication The Quietus and author of the memoir Out of the Woods.