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Special events and interviews

Child Be Strange: A Symposium on Penda’s Fen

+ Q&A with screenwriter David Rudkin

This symposium brings together academics and writers to excavate this weird and wonderful cult TV drama.

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When Penda’s Fen was first broadcast in 1974, The Times commented that it was a ‘major work of television’, only for the film to vanish into unseen cult status – viewing Penda’s Fen became a clandestine activity for esoteric enthusiasts. Its recent BFI DVD release marks a revival of interest in the film, and it is now recognised as an extraordinary countercultural investigation of landscape, myth, and the self at a crucial moment in post-war Britain. This symposium brings together academics and writers to excavate this weird and wonderful artefact.

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Supported by Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and Strange Attractor Press.

Attendees will receive a copy of Strange Attractor's forthcoming book on Penda’s Fen edited by the symposium organisers, James Machin and Matthew Harle.

Tickets £20, concs £16 (Members pay £2 less), joint ticket available with Penda’s Fen £24, concs £19.20 (Members pay £2 less).

Joint tickets are only available by calling the box office on 020 7928 3232 or in person.

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