The forest occupies a unique space in our human psyche, the uneasy relationship we have with trees has created the setting and tension that is found at the roots of so much of our folklore and fairy tales.
As the forest slides from the lurid colours of autumn into the chill of Winter, we challenge musicians and writers to explore new mythologies amid the falling leaves of Epping Forest.
A panel of writers whose work touches on Epping Forest discuss the landscape in the context of myth, folklore and how woodland shapes our human identity, followed by music from Alison Cotton. Sara Maitland’s Gossip From The Forest looked at wooded landscapes via the prism of fairy tales, while Will Ashon’s Strange Labyrinth uncovered the radical history of the Epping Forest area. Amy Cutler is a cultural geographer whose work explores the furthest reaches of how nature impacts our imagination.
Afterwards, Alison Cotton will perform from her new solo album “All Is Quiet In The Ancient Theatre”
The Imagined Forest is part of The People's Forest season - a series of events exploring our relationship with Epping Forest, interrogating the deep bond we have with forests and woodland, and how this relationship is culturally determined.
Image credit: Robin Baish