A fair feeld ful of folk fond I ther bitwene—
Of alle manere of men, the meene and the riche,
Werchynge and wandrynge as the world asketh.

Piers Plowman by William Langland (1370-90)














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In summer 2017 — a masterpiece of medieval English literature came back to life


W
ritten almost 650 years ago by William Langland, Piers Plowman enters the mind of a wanderer, Will, as he falls asleep in the Malvern Hills, dreams of a ‘fair field full of folk’ and embarks on a quest to find Truth. Conceived and produced by multi-award-winning arts company Penned in the Margins, Fair Field re-imagined Piers Plowman for the twenty-first century through site-responsive performances, an exhibition at the National Poetry Library, podcasts, educational workshops and more. Fair Field invites you to enter the psychedelic dreamscape of Piers Plowman — to explore a world of inequality, political corruption and spiritual crisis that is uncannily like our own. Find out more.

► LIVE SHOWS


Audiences joined the Dreamer on an extraordinary search for Truth across the spectacular Malvern Hills, and in the heart of London, in a riot of music, theatre and spoken word that re-imagined Piers Plowman for today.

► EXHIBITION


A six-week exhibition at the National Poetry Library invited visitors to discover the enduring power of medieval poetry. The exhibition featured a rare, original manuscript of Piers Plowman alongside new artistic works and artefacts that brought Langland's world to life.

► EXPLORE THE TEXT


New to Piers Plowman and don't know where to start? Explore this remarkable 650-year-old poem with medieval poetry expert Dr Lawrence Warner. Schoolteachers: download teaching resources for students.




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