Voices from the Peak

This is a work of rare quality as timeless as its subject. I’ve spent decades producing radio dramas and documentaries and my indisposition to what I hear currently is now – overturned. Bravo!  John Tams

The fascinating quest of the poet Mark Gwynne Jones… An array of audio odysseys  The Times

Voices from the Peak features the atmospheres, wildlife and stories of this strange and beautiful region.

Chapter 1, Burning Drake (see below) is a pilot for a series of audio-works celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Peak District National Park in 2021.

Chapter One – Burning Drake

In a sense it all comes from the earth… the energy and vibrancy of this land of contrasts…

The story of forces underground that have shaped not just the landscape but also its people. Including the story of lead, how miners tracked and found lead through ancient methods such as plant lore and dowsing, and occasionally by spectacular means such as a ‘Burning Drake’ or shooting star.

Listen via the National Park’s website: https://bit.ly/VoicesFromThePeak

Chapter Two – Snow!


Will our memories and stories of big winters in the Peak District be the stuff of folklore for our grandchildren? Or, are we due some heavy snowfalls? Join us for a magical, Peakland journey through the white stuff and beyond!  

(To be released Dec 2020)

Chapter Three – Kinder Scout

For the 70th birthday of the Peak District National Park – here is an evocative re-telling of the Peak Park’s creation story. From the world’s first water powered cotton spinning mill, to the Kinder Trespass, the creation of the UK’s first National Park, and the now vital battle to heal the moorlands.

(To be released 17th April, 2020)


Written and recorded by Mark Gwynne Jones

Produced by Paul Hopkinson & Mark Gwynne Jones

With music by PsychicBread; Dave Sturt; The Wyns Tor Singers; and Sjal.

Special thanks to Tom Marshall; Ali Riley; Alison Foote; Anna Kerr; Alan Swain; Russell Sims; Jo ‘Spice’ Blackwood; Louise Swain; John Tams; Dave Goodway; Nigel Christy; Gavin Repton; and John Barnatt.

Voices from the Peak is supported by Arts Council England; The Peak District National Park; and, Derbyshire County Council.

Further Information

Read the full article by Ann Treneman in The Times. Read the interview with Mark Gwynne Jones in Park Life.

Follow the story by joining Mark on Facebook.

If you would like to be informed when the next episodes of  Voices From The Peak are made available, and when future performances take place, email: alison.riley@peakdistrict.gov.uk. We will keep your email securely and will only use it for the purposes of letting you know about the Voices From The Peak project. You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing alison.riley@peakdistrict.gov.uk.

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