Custard...reviewed in the TLS

A review of Custard, Culverts and Cake appears in the current Times Literary Supplement, and the reviewer seems to have the measure of us perfectly! 

'It may look otherwise, but Custard, Culverts and Cake: Academics on life in “The Archers” is not a spoof. Instead, it involves the application of genuine research methodologies and concerns to the world of Ambridge and Borsetshire, which some people continue to believe is fictional. To underline that that is not the case, here each of these fascinating case studies is “peer reviewed” by an actual Ambridge inhabitant, so real academic protocols are applied throughout.

Ambridge is an outlier and a singularity, as well as a real place. Christine Michael’s essay on “The Ambridge Paradox: Cake consumption and metabolic health in a defined rural population” is a model social-medicine study that exposes a mystery on a par with the negative correlation in France between high blood pressure and coronary thrombosis.'




Thank you all for a great conference!

Our third annual conference was a huge success - thank you to all our speakers, to our wonderful delegates, to Chuckling Goat for supplying us with its goats kefir, and to British Library for hosting us. Take a look at the 2018 conference page for all full low down! 

Thank you also to the support given to us from the media (and links to all of that can be found on the media page) and to the universities that have blogged about us, a selection of which can be found below. 

UCL Institute of Education, Academics speak at conference dedicated to The Archers

UCL Institute of Education, The Archers academic conference: hot ticket for Radio 4 fans and insurgency experts

CRE, CRE goes to Ambridge...tum te tum te tum te tum


Academic Archers at Cheltenham Literature Festival

We were delighted to share a stage with Tim Bentinck, aka David Archer, at this years Cheltenham Literature Festival

The event, in the sold-out 900-capacity Town Hall, was an hour spent talking about the enduring appeal of The Archers, and of Tim's insights into the programme, also found in his Being David Archer book (a cracking read, and visit the companion website for images and audio, and to buy the book). 

Our Dr Cara Courage and Tim were in conversation with Radio 4 Broadcasting House's superlative Paddy O'Connell, and his dog, Bob (who some of you might recall stole the show on Paddy's travels around the UK one election time - he did the same this time, not to anyone's complaint). As ever, when you get a bunch of Archers fans in a room, it was a huge giggle, and the audience played a key role in proceedings - boo's when Rob was mentioned, chipping in with facts from storylines, and some great questions! 


Book number 2...

We are delighted to say that the next Academic Archers book, Custard, Culverts and Cake: Academics on life in The Archers, has been sent to the print and will be available for pre-order imminently and on the shelves in October. 

It has been a joy to work with Emerald and we're all super excited to see the book in print, and to put a smile on our readers faces! A huge thanks you of course to the contributors that worked so hard on this and to turn around their chapters so quickly and so diligently. 

BY way of some sweeteners to the book, the wonderful cover can be seen below, and here's a link to the episode (if you can bear to listeh to it again!) that is the focus of the Emily Baker (University of Liverpool) and Freya Jarman (University of Liverpool) chapter, Soundtrack to a stabbing: what Rob’s choice of music over dinner tells us about why he ended up spilling the custard