Writing The Century: Passages From Empire

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0120141103

The latest in the Writing the Century series, based on real life letters and diaries of extraordinary ordinary people.

For 70 years The Colonial Nursing Association sent hundreds of hard working, adventurous nurses to work all over the then British colonies. Writer Vanessa Rosenthal discovered some of their striking correspondence housed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, during her time as writer in residence at Kings College, London. By the 1920s these intrepid women, nearly all of them with lives marked by loss after the First World War and the need to provide for themselves, were marching across the globe.

Ina Crafer, in her early 40's, struggled to make ends meet in Africa; Gwladys Hughes, in her late 30's, loved the challenges and hardship that nursing in an extreme Northern climate offered. Through their own words, we discover the daily minutiae, trials, tribulations and great rewards of nursing life abroad for this generation of women who were ahead of their time.

The radio plays are based on research funded by the Wellcome Trust at the Centre for the Humanities and Health in collaboration with Prof. Anne Marie Rafferty, Drs Jessica Howell, Rosemary Wall and Anna Snaith, King's College, London.

Episode 1

Ina has to come to terms with being posted in Mauritius, while Gwladys relishes the snowy challenges of her Newfoundland posting.

Director.....Polly Thomas

Sound designer.....Nigel Lewis

PC.....Willa King

Executive Producer.....Alison Hindell

Writer.....Vanessa Rosenthal

A BBC Cymru/Wales production or BBC Radio 4.

0220141104

The latest in the Writing the Century series, based on real life letters and diaries of extraordinary ordinary people.

For 70 years The Colonial Nursing Association sent hundreds of hard working, adventurous nurses to work all over the then British colonies. Writer Vanessa Rosenthal discovered some of their correspondence housed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, during her time as writer in residence at Kings College, London. By the 1920s these intrepid women, nearly all of whose lives were marked by loss after the First World War and the need to provide for themselves, were marching across the globe.

Ina Crafer, in her early 40's, struggled to make ends meet in Africa; Gwladys Hughes, in her late 30's, loved the challenges that nursing in an extreme Northern climate offered. Through their own words, we discover the daily minutiae, trials, tribulations and great rewards of nursing life abroad for this generation of women who were ahead of their time.

The radio plays are based on research funded by the Wellcome Trust at the Centre for the Humanities and Health in collaboration with Prof. Anne Marie Rafferty, Drs Jessica Howell, Rosemary Wall and Anna Snaith, King's College, London.

Episode 2

Ina's friendship with the Mauritian housekeeper helps her to cope with her new posting , while Gwladys is shocked by the hardships her patients in Newfoundland endure.

Director - Polly Thomas

Sound designer - Nigel Lewis

Executive Producer - Alison Hindell

Writer - Vanessa Rosenthal

A BBC Cymru/Wales production or BBC Radio 4.

0320141105

The latest in the Writing the Century series, based on real life letters and diaries of extraordinary ordinary people.

For 70 years The Colonial Nursing Association sent hundreds of hard working, adventurous nurses to work all over the then British colonies. Writer Vanessa Rosenthal discovered some of their correspondence housed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, during her time as writer in residence at Kings College, London. By the 1920s these intrepid women, nearly all of whose lives were marked by loss after the First World War and the need to provide for themselves, were marching across the globe.

Ina Crafer, in her early 40's, struggled to make ends meet in Africa; Gwladys Hughes, in her late 30's, loved the challenges that nursing in an extreme Northern climate offered. Through their own words, we discover the daily minutiae, trials and great rewards of nursing life abroad for this generation of women who were ahead of their time.

The radio plays are based on research funded by the Wellcome Trust at the Centre for the Humanities and Health in collaboration with Prof. Anne Marie Rafferty, Drs Jessica Howell, Rosemary Wall and Anna Snaith, King's College, London.

Episode 3

Ina and Beryl fall out badly, until Ina becomes seriously ill, and the salutary story of Gwladys Hughes tending to a desperately ill woman in labour gives them some perspective.

Director - Polly Thomas

Sound designer - Nigel Lewis

Executive Producer - Alison Hindell

Writer - Vanessa Rosenthal

A BBC Cymru/Wales production or BBC Radio 4.

0420141106

The latest in the Writing the Century series, based on real life letters and diaries of extraordinary ordinary people.

For 70 years The Colonial Nursing Association sent hundreds of hard working, adventurous nurses to work all over the British colonies. Writer Vanessa Rosenthal discovered some of their correspondence housed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, during her time as writer in residence at Kings College, London. By the 1920s these intrepid women, many of whose lives were marked by loss after the First World War and the need to provide for themselves, were marching across the globe.

Ina Crafer, in her early 40's, struggled to make ends meet in Africa; Gwladys Hughes, in her late 30's, loved the challenges that nursing in an extreme Northern climate offered. Through their own words, we discover the daily minutiae, trials and great rewards of nursing life abroad for this generation of women who were ahead of their time.

The radio plays are based on research funded by the Wellcome Trust at the Centre for the Humanities and Health in collaboration with Prof. Anne Marie Rafferty, Drs Jessica Howell, Rosemary Wall and Anna Snaith, King's College, London.

Episode 4

Back in her beloved Northern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Ina becomes engaged. Gwladys is thrilled to have moved too, to Labrador, to support the Inuit community.

Director - Polly Thomas

Sound designer - Nigel Lewis

Executive Producer - Alison Hindell

Writer - Vanessa Rosenthal

A BBC Cymru/Wales production or BBC Radio 4.

05 LAST20141107

The latest in the Writing the Century series, based on real life letters and diaries of extraordinary ordinary people.

For 70 years The Colonial Nursing Association sent hundreds of hard working, adventurous nurses to work all over the then British colonies. Writer Vanessa Rosenthal discovered some of their correspondence housed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, during her time as writer in residence at Kings College, London. By the 1920s these intrepid women, many of whose lives were marked by loss after the First World War and the need to provide for themselves, were marching across the globe.

Ina Crafer, in her early 40's, struggled to make ends meet in Africa; Gwladys Hughes, in her late 30's, loved the challenges that nursing in an extreme Northern climate offered. Through their own words, we discover the daily minutiae, trials and great rewards of nursing life abroad for this generation of women who were ahead of their time.

The radio plays are based on research funded by the Wellcome Trust at the Centre for the Humanities and Health in collaboration with Prof. Anne Marie Rafferty, Drs Jessica Howell, Rosemary Wall and Anna Snaith, King's College, London.

Episode 5

Happiness comes at last to Ina, on her wedding day, made all the sweeter for a letter from Gwladys Hughes, still nursing on the other side of the world, both pioneers in their own way.

Director - Polly Thomas

Sound designer - Nigel Lewis

PC - Willa King

Executive Producer - Alison Hindell

Writer - Vanessa Rosenthal

A BBC Cymru/Wales production or BBC Radio 4.