Scarecrows: A personal essay


In this edition of “Aural Tapestry”, David Swatling weaves together many threads of stories, legends and personal memories relating to the humble scarecrow. Starting with his childhood memories of his grandfather’s dairy farm and sweet corn patch in upstate New York, David moves on to the many references of scarecrows in music, literature, folklore and cinema, and wonders what it all might mean: from Walt Disney and the Hollywood blockbuster “Wizard of Oz” to the books of Russell Thorndike (1885-1972), Joey Green and Geoff Ryman.

Producer: David Swatling

Broadcast:  2002