My Mother's Visit

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A new story from South African author Eben Venter.

A clash of attitudes in which an ageing mother forces a visit on her son. She lives in a retirement home in South Africa and he's 'dropped out' after abandoning his business in Sydney, Australia. Out of the blue Ma declares her intention to make the 24 hour journey.

Yet when she finally arrives she does not find much of which she approves. Both characters are viscerally drawn to one another but keep pushing the other away. This is only further complicated by her occasionally erratic behaviour, the son's anxiety this might be the first signs of dementia, and the growing awareness they share that this will probably be her last visit.

Read by Matthew Marsh

Produced by Simon Richardson.

A new story from emerging South African author Eben Venter.

A clash of attitudes in which an ageing mother forces a visit on her son. She lives in a retirement home in South Africa and he's 'dropped out' after abandoning his business in Sydney, Australia. Out of the blue Ma declares her intention to make the 24 hour journey.

Yet when she finally arrives she does not find much of which she approves. Both characters are viscerally drawn to one another but keep pushing the other away. This is only further complicated by her occasionally erratic behaviour, the son's anxiety this might be the first signs of dementia, and the growing awareness they share that this will probably be her last visit.

Read by Matthew Marsh

Produced by Simon Richardson.