Rapunzel

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01Parlez Vous20150626

The first of three specially-commissioned tales by Julie Mayhew - her first stories for radio - taking their inspiration not only from the Rapunzel story made familiar by the Brothers Grimm, but also from some of the traditional European tales that influenced them.

In modern settings, each story features a girl with a tall tower of her own and the possibilities of an open window...

Episode 1: Parlez Vous

Poised to begin an adventure of her own, a young woman considers the story of her mother who - aged seven -began speaking spontaneously in a foreign language.

Julie Mayhew has written three plays for radio, including A Shoebox Of Snow which was nominated for Best Drama at the BBC Audio Drama Awards in 2012. Her first novel, Red Ink (2013), was nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her second, The Big Lie, will be published in the summer of 2015. Julie is a founder and host of the short story cabaret, The Berko Speakeasy.

Reader: Emerald O'Hanrahan

Produced by Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

02A Shaggy Bob Story20150703

The second of three specially-commissioned tales by Julie Mayhew - her first stories for radio - taking their inspiration not only from the Rapunzel story made familiar by the Brothers Grimm, but also from some of the traditional European tales that influenced them.

In modern settings, each story features a girl with a tall tower of her own and the possibilities of an open window...

Episode 2: A Shaggy Bob Story

A story of very long hair - and head lice.

Julie Mayhew has written three plays for radio, including A Shoebox Of Snow which was nominated for Best Drama at the BBC Audio Drama Awards in 2012. Her first novel, Red Ink (2013), was nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her second, The Big Lie, will be published in the summer of 2015. Julie is a founder and host of the short story cabaret, The Berko Speakeasy.

Reader: Julie Mayhew

Produced by Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

03The Switch20150710

The last of three specially-commissioned tales by Julie Mayhew - her first stories for radio - taking their inspiration not only from the Rapunzel story made familiar by the Brothers Grimm, but also from some of the traditional European tales that influenced them.

In modern settings, each story features a girl with a tall tower of her own and the possibilities of an open window...

Episode 3: The Switch

Set in the not-too-distant future, a woman sits watching events on 'Earth'. But who is the crying girl with the crazy hair?

Julie Mayhew has written three plays for radio, including A Shoebox Of Snow which was nominated for Best Drama at the BBC Audio Drama Awards in 2012. Her first novel, Red Ink (2013), was nominated for the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Her second, The Big Lie, will be published in the summer of 2015. Julie is a founder and host of the short story cabaret, The Berko Speakeasy.

Reader: Indira Varma

Produced by Jeremy Osborne

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.