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20140828

Frank Cottrell Boyce joins presenter Tim Samuels to curate and create the festival of his wildest dreams.

Festivals are fast becoming significant events on more and more people's calendars. And, whether it's a huge rock fest or a small scale village event, it's somebody's job to imagine the festival before it happens, and to assemble all the pieces of the jigsaw that are needed to bring their vision to life.

But what if you could create your own festival - where you set the agenda, chose the guests, pick the acts, and dictate the weather, the food and the ambience. A festival where anyone - whether dead or alive - can be summoned to perform, and nothing is unimaginable.

Fantasy Festival gives the children's author and screenwriter, Frank Cottrell Boyce, the chance to outline his dream festival of participation which is set in a sprout field outside Ormskirk. Letter writing and a collective bedtime story are mandatory activities. And he programmes poetry reading by Seamus Heaney, singing by Martha Reeves and music from Terje Isungset's ice orchestra.

Producer: Rosie Boulton

a Monty Funk production for BBC Radio 4.

Baroness Mary Warnock20150820

curates the festival of her wildest dreams.

joins presenter Tim Samuels to curate and create the festival of her wildest dreams.

Festivals are fast becoming significant events on more and more people's calendars. Whether it's a huge rock fest or a small scale village event, it's somebody's job to imagine the festival before it happens, and to assemble all the pieces of the jigsaw that are needed to bring their vision to life.

But what if you could create your own festival - where you set the agenda, chose the guests, pick the acts, and dictate the weather, the food and the ambience? A festival where anyone - whether dead or alive - can be summoned to perform, and nothing is unimaginable.

Fantasy Festival is a chance for someone to become the curator of the festival of their very own dreams. And the festival curator in this programme is the moral philosopher, Baroness Mary Warnock who recently retired from the House of Lords at the age of 91.

Baroness Warnock outlines her dream festival which takes place on the uninhabited island of Tanera Mor in the Summer Isles off the West Coast of Scotland. There she convenes a group of 50 people to camp, walk and talk about the effect that wild nature has on the human spirit. Her guests include Haydn, Wordsworth and Coleridge as she attempts to revive the Romantic ideal of spending time in wilderness landscapes in order to reconnect with nature. It's Mary's conviction that if we don't experience wild nature in our lives, we lose something vital of ourselves.

Produced by Rosie Boulton

A Monty Funk production for BBC Radio 4.

Brian Moore20150813

Former rugby player Brian Moore curates the festival of his wildest dreams.

Former rugby player and commentator Brian Moore joins presenter Tim Samuels to curate and create the festival of his wildest dreams.

Festivals are fast becoming significant events on more and more people's calendars. Whether it's a huge rock fest or a small scale village event, it's somebody's job to imagine the festival before it happens, and to assemble all the pieces of the jigsaw that are needed to bring their vision to life.

But what if you could create your own festival - where you set the agenda, chose the guests, pick the acts, and dictate the weather, the food and the ambience? A festival where anyone - whether dead or alive - can be summoned to perform, and nothing is unimaginable.

Fantasy Festival is a chance for someone to become the curator of the festival of their very own dreams. And the festival curator in this programme is former England and British Lions rugby union hooker, Brian Moore.

Brian outlines his dream festival with a flotilla of boats sailing up and down the Thames. Each boat contains iconic works of art from every genre imaginable. He's attempting to make the greatest examples of human expression accessible to everyone. On board you can encounter Charles Dickens, Dylan Thomas, Elizabeth I, Churchill and Mozart - to name but a few.

Produced by Rosie Boulton

A Monty Funk production for BBC Radio 4.

Ruby Wax20150827

outlines her festival of extremes, featuring Radiohead and lecturing scientists.

joins presenter Tim Samuels to curate and create the festival of her wildest dreams

What if you could create your own festival - where you set the agenda, chose the guests, pick the acts, and dictate the weather, the food and the ambience? A festival where anyone - whether dead or alive - can be summoned to perform, and nothing is unimaginable.

Fantasy Festival is a chance for someone to become the curator of the festival of their very own dreams. And the festival curator in this programme is poster girl for mental health, writer, performer and comedian - Ruby Wax

Ruby outlines her dream festival - entitled 5 Star Anarchy and taking place in Notting Hill. It's a festival of the extremes. Radiohead are playing in the distance and scientists are giving lectures about the latest advances in their fields. But centre stage is a series of outrageous experimental theatre shows designed to fry Ruby's mind. It's an event for Ruby to feed the animal side of her own nature.

She says, "Why my festival is so nuts is cos I've seen too much. If I was a kid, I'd just want a merry go round. So I'm not so proud that I need such extremes, but I'm on that high a dose of adrenaline. We all want to be pulled out of our heads, so I'm feeding that."

Ruby Wax is a comedian, writer and mental health campaigner. With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, Ruby is now focused on mental health through writing and lecturing. She encourages people to understand how their brains work and rewire their thinking in order to find calm in a frenetic world.

Produced by Rosie Boulton

A Monty Funk production for BBC Radio 4.