|As A Tale That Is Told Writer||20030901|
Ted ChamBERLIN grew up in Southern Alberta, Canada, listening to the stories of his grandfather. In this land of big skies and endless prairie the warm Chinook winds can melt the winter snow in the blinking of an eye. In the 1880s it was also the land where the Blackfoot, the Blood and the Piegan lived; the place where the newly established North West Mounted Police were building their HQ, and where Ted's grandfather opened the first bank and experienced the first bank robbery.
|Poet In The Bush||20040812|
An intimate portrait of contemporary Australian poet Les Murray
|The Pomegranate Princesses||20030905|
Poet and film-maker Imtiaz Dharker was born in Punjab and grew up in GLASGOW. The garden of her childhood fantasies was the Muslim palace of the Alhambra in Granada - the last redoubt of the Nasrid dynasty and a rare site of racial tolerance in the mediaeval world. Imtiaz Dharker makes an enchanted journey to the Alhambra: to a fairy-tale place peopled by princesses in towers, and to lush and seductive gardens where doomed lovers met for moonlit assignations.
|The Red In My Mind||20040813|
|Tibet In Scotland||20020910|
Twelve years after a visit to Tibet itself, Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie visits a Tibetan centre near Lockerbie.
A series of eight essays in which writers discuss unfamiliar surroundings and experiences. In the first programme, Iain Sinclair leaves behind the familiarity of Hackney to explore themes of exile and asylum on the south coast of ENGLAND. He considers the sojourn in Margate of T S Eliot, who spent the Autumn of 1921 there recovering from a breakdown and composing `The Wasteland', and in Hastings he meets the photographer Effie Paleologou, whose work is inspired by feelings of alienation. Sinclair contrasts these voluntary artistic exiles with the despair of asylum seekers in the South.
A series of eight essays in which writers discuss unfamiliar surroundings and experiences. A sound essay about finding home, by the writer Pat Cumper, who grew up in Jamaica and studied at Cambridge in the 1970s, and returned to ENGLAND in the early 1990s to find little remaining of the Britain she remembered.
A series of eight essays in which writers discuss unfamiliar surroundings and experiences. The NEW YORKer's Bill Finnegan talks about his annual visits to a small mid-Atlantic island, where he meets up with a group of like-minded, middle-aged professional men to surf the island's giant waves.
A series of eight essays in which writers discuss unfamiliar surroundings and experiences. The Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie talks about her visit to the Samye Ling Tibetan centre near Lockerbie in Scotland, twelve years after she visited Tibet itself.
A series of eight essays in which writers discuss unfamiliar surroundings and experiences. Jeremy Harding - who is writer and senior editor of the `LONDON Review of Books' and has spent much of his adult life in Africa - talks about revisiting his childhood home near Henley on the banks of the Thames.
Novelist Gillian Slovo investigates the slippery past of St Petersburg, a city that changed its name three times in the last centry - from St Petersburg to Petrograd, then to Leningrad, and back to St Petersburg. Slovo, daughter of a former head of the South African Communist Party, meets various inhabitants of the city and discovers there are four cities where the map shows only one.
A series of eight essays in which writers discuss unfamiliar surroundings and experiences. Former refuse collector Jeremy Clarke talks about the world he left behind when he gave up his job and sought adventure in Africa, before resurfacing in ENGLAND as a successful writer. In a pub garden, he meets up with a fellow binman from the old days and reminisces about the past.
|08 LAST||Ghosts On The Magic Mountain||20010818||20020807|
Writer Misha Glenny searches for traces of his family in Davos, SWITZERLAND. Including readings from Thomas Mann's `The Magic Mountain'
The last in a series of eight essays discussing unfamiliar surroundings and experiences. Writer and broadcaster Misha Glenny searches for traces of his family in Davos, SWITZERLAND - now an exclusive ski resort but once the favoured destination for thousands of young people who scrambled there from the rest of Europe to escape the world's biggest killer: TB. Including readings from Thomas Mann's `The Magic Mountain' by Chris Bianchi.
|By The Lake||20021201|
Writer John Mcgahern walks round the lake by his home in Co Leitrim and reflects on change and continuity.
In the first of four personal journeys, writer Ted ChamBERLIN recalls growing up in Southern Alberta, Canada, and listening to his grandfather's memories of the 1880s.
|01||Poet In The Bush||20030608|
First in a series of four personal journeys.
As he travels around his beloved Bunyah, Les Murray talks about his harsh upbringing on a New South Wales dairy farm, about the tragic death of his mother, and how words have been an obsession since he first spelled out 'G-o-l-d-e-n S-y-r-u-p' on the front of a tin.
Valerie Murray remembers the difficulties of their early courtship and reflects on the impact that autism has had on their lives, in this intimate portrait of Australia's most well-known poet.
In the second of four personal journeys, poet and translator Michael Hofmann visits Brody, birthplace of novelist Joseph Roth (1894-1939), who wrote about the Habsburg Empire.
By Julian Mitchell.
The first ever radio production of Julian Mitchell's classic about two boys at a public school in the 1930s.
The two students find themselves caught up in a battle against the school's oppressive elite - a battle that threatens the very foundations of the society in which they live, and has a profound impact on the men they will become.
Fowler....Paul Richard Biggin
Vaughan Cunningham....Adam Godley
Director Marc Beeby.