‘Wildspark‘ like Prue Haywood lives on a farm outside North Owlcot. It is so far away from sophisticated Medlock that Cora misnames it. Yet somehow Prue has travelled from the rural distance to join Cora, Agapantha and Edwin, the personifate, as an apprentice craftsman to the Imperial Guild. How is that? Could she be impersonating another to take her place? Possibly the brother who died a year before whom she misses and channels constantly? What does a farm girl mean by travelling to the big, impressive, inventive city?
Prue has assumed the role of Frances. She seeks to learn all she can about personification, at the beating heart of its invention. Could she bring her brother, Francis back to life? What would that employ. Is there a chance that his ‘Wildspark‘ might beat again albeit through a second life?
Vashti Hardy has taken a fantasy story and employed it with considerations of ethics and morality. We ache for Prue’s loss, while we feel sympathy for Edwin’s denial of past and sensation. Could Prue’s farm machinery experience, quick wit and courage be enough to harness a ‘Wildspark‘ forever?
(Blue Peter Award Winner)