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Stella Gibbons’ Cold Comfort Farm; PG Wodehouse’s Market Blandings; the warm familiarity of Ambridge; British writers have long found much to celebrate in the British countryside and its communities, on the page, screen and airwaves.

Seni Glaister and Stevyn Colgan may paint village life in differing tones, from Mr Doubler’s potato harvest, to the darkly comic doings of The Diabolical Club, but both follow in a long tradition of warm, comic depictions of rural Britain that captivate audiences and offer an escapist charm unique to this genre of fiction.

Accompanied by your literary tour guide, John Mitchinson, you’ll stop off at Glaister’s Mirth Farm and Colgan’s South Herewardshire county, for an (imaginary!) baked potato and a pint, as the writers talk about their inspirations, the process of crafting these communities, and how they find so much to smile about in England’s pastures green.

About The Host

John Mitchinson

John Mitchinson is the head of research for British television panel game QI. He is co-writer of the QI series of books with the show’s creator John Lloyd. He has also written 1,411 Quite Interesting Facts to Knock You Sideways with John Lloyd and James Harkin. He is cofounder of Unbound, and presents Unbound’s literature podcast Backlisted.

About The Speakers

Stevyn Colgan

Stevyn Colgan is the author of nine books, artist and public speaker. He was a police officer for 30 years and then became a writer for the multi-award winning BBC TV show QI and was on the writing team that won the Rose d’Or for Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity.

Seni Glaister

Seni Glaister worked as a bookseller for much of her career before founding WeFiFo in 2016. Her first novel, The Museum of Things Left Behind was published in 2015.