To the Cheshire Station: Alan Garner and John Mackenzie’s Red Shift
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Cheshire is the home of the writer Alan Garner and most of his novels are set in the county; the BBC TV Play for Today adaptation of his 1973 novel Red Shift was shot on location in 1977 around Crewe station, Mow Cop and Barthomley church. In Red Shift, three narrative lines are brought together in a narrative of transmission and conjunction, where three historical periods intersect through the sensibilities of three young men. Cheshire is presented as a space of fixity and flux, its topographies and communications networks producing both a rootedness in landscape and a trajectory beyond it. A science fiction of an oblique sort, Red Shift presents Cheshire as an ‘undefined boundary’ in time and space.
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