Michael Arditti, Judith Kerr
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.
Guest: Michael Arditti
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
Inheritance Tracks: Judith Kerr
Thing About Me: Peak Flow Meter
07 December 2013
|Interviewed Guest||Michael Arditti|
|Interviewed Guest||Judith Kerr|
|Interviewed Guest||Joe Glackin|
|Interviewed Guest||Cathy Warwick|