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On Cigarette Papers

When her mother died, poet Pam Zinnemann-Hope found a cache of letters and notes in the attic and an envelope marked 'Don't throw away'. Inside were fragile cigarette papers and pencilled on them, in poor Russian, recipes. Intrigued, Pam started researching her parents' love story that started in 1930's Germany.

It's a poignant story of families nearly wrecked by betrayal, imprisonment, escape and dislocation and drawn from the tips of the icebergs that the letters and recipes hint at.

The poems in 'On Cigarette Papers' are taken from the book of the same name. Pam is a prizewinning poet and performer and has had work published in various journals. This is her first radio drama.

Written by Pam Zinnemann-Hope
Producer: Janet Whitaker

A Goldhawk Essential production for BBC Radio 4.

Release date:

45 minutes

Last on

Wed 8 Jan 2014 14:15


Role Contributor
PamPam Zinnemann-Hope
LottieEmma Fielding
KurtGreg Wise
Oma LeahEleanor Bron
Grossma HerthaSusan Engel
Grossvater ErichTimothy Morand
OfficerSean Baker
Russian TranslatorDolya Gavanski
Little PamEliza Rayner
WriterPam Zinnemann-Hope
ProducerJanet Whitaker