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Leading scholars combine their love of The Archers with their specialist subjects, in Custard, Culverts and Cake - a sometimes serious, but most often wry look at the people of Ambridge. A group of Archers Academics take on subjects such as food, geography, social media, faith. There is, naturally, an entire section dedicated to the Helen and Rob storyline.

With contributions from members of the Academic Archers network, the book blurs the line between fact and fiction - The Archers as a BBC soap opera, and Ambridge as a real place in a county called Borsetshire. Each chapter is 'peer reviewed' by a different Ambridge inhabitant.

Custard, Culverts and Cake gives the reader a deeper understanding of the real life issues covered in the programme, an insight into the residents of Ambridge, and validation that hours of listening to The Archers is, in fact, academic research.

Custard, culverts and cake - Cara Courage

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Title
Custard, culverts and cake - academics on life in The Archers
Author
Cara Courage
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20171005

Leading scholars combine their love of The Archers with their specialist subjects, in Custard, Culverts and Cake - a sometimes serious, but most often wry look at the people of Ambridge. A group of Archers Academics take on subjects such as food, geography, social media, faith. There is, naturally, an entire section dedicated to the Helen and Rob storyline.


With contributions from members of the Academic Archers network, the book blurs the line between fact and fiction - The Archers as a BBC soap opera, and Ambridge as a real place in a county called Borsetshire. Each chapter is 'peer reviewed' by a different Ambridge inhabitant.

Custard, Culverts and Cake gives the reader a deeper understanding of the real life issues covered in the programme, an insight into the residents of Ambridge, and validation that hours of listening to The Archers is, in fact, academic research.

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Cara Courage is a placemaking academic and arts consultant, writer/commentator, curator and project manager. She is author of Arts in Place: The Arts, the Urban and Social Practice, and works as an Adjunct at University of Virginia, researching and developing creative placemaking metrics and as a strategist at Futurecity, whilst running her own placemaking projects. She has been listening to The Archers for around 15 years and grew up with the programme on her grandmother's farm on Exmoor. She talks about the pleasure and pain of her Archers fandom in a talk My BDSM relationship with The Archers.


Dr Nicola Headlam is the Urban Transformations & Foresight Future of Cities Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.
She is an adaptable urbanist with expertise in city governance, economic development and urban policy. She is passionate about role of universities in public policy and practice, knowledge mobilisation; transfer, exchange and co-production.

US and UK contributors, members of the Academic Archers Network, explore aspects of the long-running BBC soap opera The Archers, employing perspectives from urban policy, rural education, cultural studies, social work, community resilience, rural ministry, and social and behavioral aspects of cyber security. B&w genograms and kinship diagrams of characters are included. The book stems from papers delivered at a conference called "The Archers in Fact and Fiction: Academic Analysis of Life in Rural Borsetshire."
(protoview.com) - Annotation 2017

"Custard Culverts and Cake involves the application of genuine research methodologies and concerns to the world of Ambridge and Borsetshire… This is a valuable book, with serious points to make about social sampling and effective research conceptualization; a 'should read' for research methodology."





Brian Morton, Times Literary Supplement, 2018

Type
BOOK
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Number of Pages
300

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