True Norse

While the Nordic countries are among Britain's nearest neighbours, the closest many people come to the culture of Denmark, Norway and Sweden is in an Ikea canteen or when watching television series such as The Killing. Given the extent to which Nordic people have shaped British history, its modern culture surely demands a closer look. From the glaciers of Greenland to the spires of Copenhagen, join Eleanor... Continue Reading →

The Norse God Loki: Joanne Harris and Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough in Conversation

The wild world of the Norse sagas has resonances with our own times, and few characters from Old Norse are as relevant today as the smart, mercurial Loki. Joanne Harris, the multi-million selling author of Chocolat, discusses her new novel, The Gospel of Loki, with Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough in this BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking programme. Loki is... Continue Reading →

Fire Culture of the North

When we think of Norway, one image that may come to mind is that of fire: crackling logs keeping snowbound communities warm, as they tell tales of Vikings scorching the villages of the North. However, in this BBC Radio 3 broadcast, Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough takes a deeper look at the more complex role played by... Continue Reading →

Memory in Performance

As part of the BBC Proms season, the Aurora Orchestra performed Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony from memory. While we don't praise actors and opera singers for learning their lines by heart, to memorise such complex music seems a remarkable feat. I turn the page in my head - Actress Lisa DwanIn a BBC programme recorded during... Continue Reading →

Jordskott: Nordic Noir Returns to its Roots

With series such as The Killing and The Bridge, Nordic noir has become a popular genre in our TV schedules. Speaking on BBC Front Row,  Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough reviews Jordskott, a new ten-part police procedural. From its opening titles, featuring ink stained manuscripts and a haunting soundtrack, Jordskott seems to break from the gritty realism of other Nordic noir. In... Continue Reading →

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