Re-Imagining The City

Saturday 5 January

10.30am-11.00am

BBC RADIO 3

Re-Imagining The City is a series of four programmes in which listeners are offered a different vision of a city which can feel familiar.

In this first programme writer, Nik Cohn takes us to the city he's had a love affair with all his life: New Orleans.

When Cohn was 10 years old, while on holiday in London, he visited a bookshop and found a copy of Alan Lomax's book on Jelly Roll Morton, the famous New Orleans musician. It had photographs of Jelly Roll's hometown 'the city of dreams' as it seemed to Nik, and he fell for Jelly Roll Morton's vision of the city.

Sitting in the rain back home in Northern Ireland, New Orleans became a place of magical possibilities. It would be another decade before he finally got to visit it, but it has become a place he returns to and re-discovers constantly.

He muses on what makes New Orleans so different, so special. The beauty, the music, the food - these are all part of it, but living under sea level has an impact on anyone who spends proper time in the city. It's still his city of dreams.

Producer/ Rachel Hoooper, A Falling Tree Production

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