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.