Michael Arditti, Judith Kerr

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Richard Coles and Suzy Klein meet novelist Michael Arditti who talks about faith and the novel, nearly dying after eating goats cheese and his travels around the Philippines researching a book, enjoy the Inheritance Tracks of Judith Kerr who wrote and illustrated, amongst other things, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, talk to Melvyn Evans who fought in Aden in the 1960's and realised, 40 years later, that he was suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and hear from Joe Glackin, a former priest who worked in Liberia with child soldiers and street children. There's more travel with Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives, who organises midwifery tours of South Africa, a celebration of Martin Wright, the inventor of the peak flow meter, and JP Devlin travels to the recently announced City of Culture 2017, Hull, where he meets some of the locals.

Producer: Chris Wilson.

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Guest: Michael Arditti

Guest: Michael Arditti

Writer Michael Arditti (The Celibate, Easter, Jubilate) talks about his life and work, the falling out of fashion, as he sees it, of novels about Christian faith and his time in the Philippines travelling and researching his latest  book A Breath Of Night.

Crowdscape: Hull

Crowdscape: Hull

After the recent announcement that Hull is to be the ‘City of Culture’ in 2017, JP Devlin visits the East Yorkshire coast and speaks to some of its inhabitants.   

Interview: Joe Glackin discusses working with child soldiers in Liberia

Interview: Joe Glackin discusses working with child soldiers in Liberia

Joe Glackin was a Catholic  priest who spent 12 years in Liberia working with street children and child soldiers.  He’s now  left the priesthood and  works for an NGO focused on  Sudan. He talks about his time in Liberia, which inspired his first novel A Lone Star Weeps.

Feature: Melvyn Evans on PTSD

Melvyn Evans joined the Coldstream Guards and fought in Aden in the mid 1960’s. A lorry he was travelling in hit a mine and he was invalided out of the army. For 40 years afterwards he was often depressed and unable to talk about his time there. A chance meeting in a pub led to a diagnosis of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and Melvyn had counselling which helped  him manage a lifelong burden. Melvyn got help through a specialist charity called PTSD Resolution but there are a number or organisations including the NHS – your GP in the first instance- that help service personnel and others with PTSD and of course if you think you may be suffering with PTSD you need to seek specialist help as soon as you can.

Travel: Professor Cathy Warwick on midwifery in South Africa

Travel: Professor Cathy Warwick on midwifery in South Africa
Cathy Warwick CBE is General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives and leads tours of midwives to South Africa for both leisure and learning about the culturing differences within the profession.

Inheritance Tracks: Judith Kerr

Inheritance Tracks: Judith Kerr
Judith Kerr is a children’s writer and illustrator whose books ‘The Tiger Who Came for Tea’ and ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit’ have been delighting children and young people for many years. She inherits the Johannes Brahms Lullaby Wiegenlied and It Ain't Necessarily So by George Gershwin.

Thing About Me: Peak Flow Meter

Thing About Me: Peak Flow Meter

Dr Anil Mehta tells us about the peak flow meter and the man who invented it, Martin Wright.

07 December 2013

07 December 2013
Suzy Klein, Rev Richard Coles, Michael Arditti and Professor Cathy Warwick CBE

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterRichard Coles
PresenterSuzy Klein
Interviewed GuestMichael Arditti
Interviewed GuestJudith Kerr
ActorMelvyn Evans
Interviewed GuestJoe Glackin
Interviewed GuestCathy Warwick
ProducerChris Wilson

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