Granta's Britain

Episodes

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01Sugar In The Blood20120507

Four writers create a personal portrait, exploring their sense of identity and what it feels like to be at home in Britain.

'Sugar In The Blood' by Andrea Stuart. Read by Lorraine Burroughs.

This selection of original non-fiction is taken from a glorious and sometimes feistily cantankerous celebration of Britain.

Andrea Stuart arrived from Barbados in the mid 1970s, aged 14 yrs. Hers was a plantation owning Bajan family descended from an 18th century English emigrant. The essay explores the painful contradictions of race, money and class - all transcended by that arbitrary signifier, skin colour.

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

By Andrea Stuart. Exploring the painful contradictions of race, money and class.

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02Stevenage 1/220120508

Four writers create a personal portrait, exploring their sense of identity and what it feels like to be at home in Britain.

'Stevenage 1/2' by Gary Younge. Read by David Harewood.

This selection of original non-fiction is taken from Granta magazine's volume 'Britain'.

Gary Younge was brought up in Stevenage, a place which even his fellow residents were hard pushed to locate on a map. It was an engineered community but one in which he and his brothers and their single parent mum participated in whole-heartedly. Nonetheless despite having only spent six weeks there as a four year old, whenever he was asked where he was from, 'home' was Barbados.

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

By Gary Younge. Despite having only spent four days there, 'home' was Barbados for Gary.

(02/05)

03Stevenage 2/220120509

Gary Younge on his relationship to Stevenage and how the place he grew up in has evolved.

Four writers create a personal portrait, exploring their sense of identity and what it feels like to be at home in Britain.

This selection of original non-fiction is taken from Granta magazine's volume 'Britain'

Stevenage (2/2): Writer and commentator, Gary Younge explores his relationship to the new town of Stevenage and how the place he grew up in has evolved.

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

04Theatre Of Fortune20120510

By Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada. A young couple flee from Belarus.

Four writers create a personal portrait, exploring their sense of identity and what it feels like to be at home in Britain.

This selection of original non-fiction is taken from Granta magazine's volume 'Britain'.

'Theatre of Fortune' by Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada. Read by Basher Savage. A young couple flee from Belarus where their theatre has been closed down and their colleagues tortured and jailed.

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.

05 LASTThe Magic Place20120511

(05/05)

By Kapka Kassabova. A Bulgarian Kiwi novelist finds her sense of home in Scotland.

Four writers create a personal portrait, exploring their sense of identity and what it feels like to be at home in Britain.

This selection of original non-fiction is taken from Granta magazine's volume 'Britain'

'The Magic Place' written and read by Kapka Kassabova. A Bulgarian Kiwi novelist finds her sense of home in Scotland.

Abridged and Produced by Jill Waters

A Waters Company production for BBC Radio 4.