Hellfire And Herring

Acclaimed Scottish writer Christopher Rush reads from his new memoirs - a vivid and richly poetic account of his post-war childhood in the small Fife fishing village of St Monans, where 'you could smell God on the air...

as surely as you could smell the herring'.

Abridged and produced by David Jackson Young.

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01Glimmer Of Cold Brine20070115

Acclaimed Scottish writer Christopher Rush reads from his new memoirs - a vivid and richly poetic account of his post-war childhood in the small Fife fishing village of St Monans, where 'you could smell God on the air...

as surely as you could smell the herring'.

Abridged and produced by David Jackson Young.Christopher recalls his icy baptism and the terrifying figure of his mother's great-aunt Epp, 'who began my literary, religious and sex education, all rolled into one...'.

02Home From The Sea20070116

'He looked like a Spaniard, my grandfather, the midnight blue of his hair streaked with foam...'.

03Queer Fish20070117

Recollections of the village eccentrics, including the Snailer, the Jockey, Kate the Kist and Bella Bonnysocks - plus 'the awful McCreevie, who drowned unwanted kittens...'.

04The Village Spade20070118

Young Christopher hears horror stories and philosophy from the gravedigger, Alec Fergusson: 'There's too much squeamishness about death these days, and not enough poetry...'.

05 LASTThe King My Father20070119

Christopher describes his relationship with his drunken and abusive father; and discovers the power of the written word.