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Jeanette Winterson, Mr Gee, David Lindo, Polly Morgan, Sir George Pollock, Carmarthen crowdscape and Howard Jones

Duration:
58 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 07 April 2012

Anita Anand with author Jeanette Winterson, poet Mr Gee, young taxidermist Polly Morgan and urban birder David Lindo. Plus a crowdscape from the Welsh town of Carmarthen, Inheritance Tracks from 80s pop star Howard Jones and listener Sir George Pollock remembers taking part in a ski jump on Hampstead Heath in London in the 1950s.

  • STUDIO GUEST :: JEANETTE WINTERSON

    STUDIO GUEST :: JEANETTE WINTERSON

    In 1985 Jeanette's semi-autobiographical 'Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit was published to great acclaim and adapted for TV. It's about a lesbian growing up in a Pentecostal community. Her latest book 'Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?' is out now.

    Jeanette Winterson
  • DAVID LINDO :: URBAN BIRDER

    DAVID LINDO :: URBAN BIRDER

    David Lindo first started noticing the birds from his window growing up in London and since then he’s been birding round urban environments from Newcastle to New York. He's a writer, broadcaster, speaker and bird guider.

    David Lindo
  • CONTEMPORARY TAXIDERMY :: POLLY MORGAN

    CONTEMPORARY TAXIDERMY  :: POLLY MORGAN

    Polly Morgan confronts the viewer with the visceral and uncompromising cycle of life; the predator, the parasite and the prey. Polly's exhibition Endless Pains opens 8th June at All Visual Arts, Omega Place London.

    Polly Morgan
  • GEORGE POLLOCK :: HAMPSTEAD HEATH SKIER

    GEORGE POLLOCK :: HAMPSTEAD HEATH SKIER

    After the success of the 1950 Hampstead Heath Ski Jump, the Norwegian organisers repeated the event the next year. George Pollock tells JP Devlin his memories of captaining the Cambridge University ski-jump team.

  • CROWDSCAPE :: CARMARTHEN

    CROWDSCAPE :: CARMARTHEN

    Anna Bailey meets some residents of Carmarthen in Dyfed.

  • INHERITANCE TRACKS :: HOWARD JONES

    INHERITANCE TRACKS :: HOWARD JONES

    The 80s popstar chooses 'Calon Lan' sung by The Morriston Orpheus Choir and 'Imagine' by John Lennon. He is touring the UK this April.

    Howard Jones
  • POET :: Mr GEE

    POET :: Mr GEE

    From humble beginnings as a hip-hop DJ, Mr Gee honed his spoken word skills to become one of the stars of the UK poetry scene.

    Mr Gee
  • POEM :: WHY POETS HATE ME FOR BEING BEAUTIFUL

    You must pity the pretty poet,
    Posing with my paragraphs of splendiferous delight,
    Let it not drive you to go gently into the good night,
    of Jealous insanity.

    Yet another tragedy,
    Caused by the awe of my gorgeous effect,
    I am a cursed perfect picture,
    A thousand words kiss my neck,
    I pray to pity this pretty poet of such congenital defect,

    Other poets envy me,
    They watch Haikus pour champagne at the end of my shows,
    Ballads beg for backstage passes from the front row,
    Yes I prithee to pity this pretty poet:
    One with the perfect face for radio.

  • POEM: : To the Birds

    Two Red Robins awoke early one morning,
    Father & Son sharing a moment of calling,
    In the magical hours between dew drops & dawn,
    When all is calm with the world,

    Said Son to Father: "Dad why do we sing?"
    And puff up our chests & limber up our wings,
    It seems to me, to be a bird is but a lowly thing,
    When man is in charge of this world,

    He builds a nest so big, that it makes love to the sky,
    He wears feathers in all colours, in all shapes & sizes,
    His wings are invisible, yet he flies so high,
    So why should we sing in this world?

    Said the Father to the Son: "Man indeed is strong"
    He walks as proud as a peacock & has the grace of a swan,
    He even goes a little cuckoo, when the weather goes wrong,
    For he believes he's in charge of this world,

    He puts a feather in his cap & tries to rule the roost,
    But whenever he gets scared he feels the bump of a goose,
    For we used to be dinosaurs & that's the truth,
    And that's why we sing in this world.

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    7 April 2012

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