Catherine Anne Davies – aka The Anchoress was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row programme on Tuesday night. In case you missed it, you can listen here. This will remain a permalink of her interview.
I listened in live and it was very good. She was very eloquent, esp. when giving her response to the arts funding boost offered in the latest budget. A mere piss in the ocean. Then again, they dared only give NHS nursing staff a MEAGRE 1% pay rise. Oh, all that money saved from leaving the EU was going to go STRAIGHT into the NHS. Was it just…
Anyway, the wait is nearly over! The Art of Losing is out on Friday, and the Q and A with Pete Paphedis for Rough Trade will happen on Friday evening as well. This is going to be some album launch!
In the meantime, here is the Front Row interview for your lugholes to enjoy.
I posted about this around a month or so ago and linked to the podcast but they were only on a 30 day “listen again” time limit. I downloaded the episodes so they could be available here permanently.
I had the reminder yesterday, by way of His Kerrness (it was that title of his homage to Little Richard what done it, “the darker the night, the brighter the stars”) to get these episodes uploaded to the blog.
So, here we go, Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot, in four parts.
I do love listening to BBC Radio dramas, book readings, etc. They do them so well. I recently listened to another Dostoevsky adaptation – that of The Brothers Karamazov – also equally well done. I’ve listened to three of the episodes of The Idiot so far, and will listen to the final one tonight.
I’m sharing the link to the podcasts for now, but the episodes won’t last for long but I’ll get them and create permalinks here for them. In the meantime, if you want some escape from lockdown and you just want to close your eyes and listen to something – you could do much worse than escaping to Russia and listen to The Idiot.
Enjoy the dulcet tones of acting doyen, Roger Allam, in amongst the cast.
UPDATE: Now finally uploaded the episodes, here’s the permalink:
This story is incredible and the corresponding podcast is one of the best produced podcasts I’ve heard.
Part docu-drama, part narrative by journalist Helena Merriman, it tells the story of Joachim Rudolph, a defector and refugee that escapes from East Berlin in the early months of the enforcement and communist DDR crackdown on the Berlin Wall on the east side in 1961.
Free from the east just a few months, he hatches a plan with some fellow students at university to build a tunnel from the west into the east to free family and friends divided by the wall.
It is a “must listen” piece of amazing true story audio drama.
Broken up into 10 parts and just over 3 hours long, I implore you to take the time to listen.
It’s an incredible story of brute strength, determination, and absolute unabashed heroism!
A link to the BBC Long Reads article on it can be found by clicking HERE
I brushed upon this series when I posted about Jim’s post about The Leopard abridged audio adaptation on BBC Radio 4.
I’ve listened to this series since its first episode. It’s amazing – but this week’s episode was beyond magnificent. It was just beautiful, the story of Ivy, Oscar and Arthur.
Amazing storytelling…amazing scripts…wonderful acting. If you think all the great storytelling is in film and on TV, you’re missing an element out.
Just look at the cast of this thing! They know! (PS: I miss Eddie Marsan but Johnny Vegas is great)
If you never listen to a single other episode…listen to Ivy. Listen to Oscar’s story. I felt for him so much…because I felt for Ivy – and oh, how I want an Arthur!
Click on the photo and it will take you to the Love In Recovery page where you can listen to episode 4 of series 3 – Ivy.
I’ll grab it tomorrow and keep it here for permanancy.