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Time Has Told Me

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 26 February 2011

Fergal Keane reflects on the importance of real life experience - wisdom gained not from books but from the world.

Like Shakespeare's Cleopatra, who remembers her salad days as a time when I was green in judgment, cold in blood, lack of life experience can cause us to rush in where angels fear to tread. Or where a more mature person might hesitate. Which is the better weapon for life?

Fergal will draw on the work of W.B. Yeates, Fleur Adcock and the Indian writer Radhika Jha to explore this notion.

The readers are Liza Sadovy and Aiden Mcardle.

  • Readings

    Reading 1: ‘Kindness’ by Naomi Shabib Nye. From ‘In Person 30 Poets’, Bloodaxe Books (2008). ISBN-13: 978-1852248000

    Reading 2: ‘No Second Troy’ by William Butler Yeats, Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (2000) ISBN-13: 978-1853264542

    Reading 3: ‘Everything’ from ‘Love & Obstacles’ by Aleksandar Hemon. Pp54-57 (Picador 2009) ISBN-13: 978-0330464437

    Reading 4: ‘When, My Friends, I Was In Love’ C.P. Cavafy, (Harcourt and Brace and Company, NY)

    Reading 5: The Concert Ticket. Olga Grushin. Pgs 11 & 12. Pub Penguin Viking 2010 ISBN 078-0-670-91848-5

    Reading 6: Wolfe Tone – ‘A Speech From The Dock’

    Reading 7: ‘Lanterns on their Horns’ by Radhika Ja. Pub. Beautiful Books, 2010, ISBN 978 1905 636860

    Reading 8: ‘For a Five Year Old’ by Fleur Adcock from ‘In Person 30 Poets’ (Bloodaxe Books) ISBN-13: 978-1852248000


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