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Ursula Owen

Ursula Owen

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First broadcast: Sun 14 Sep 1997

Editor, Publisher

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the editor and publisher, Ursula Owen. Twenty-five years ago she helped create Virago - the feminist publishing house which promotes women writers. A huge success, it became the focus of much attention when she and her colleague, Carmen Callil, fell out in what became a very public row. Recently, she has revamped the magazine Index on Censorship, which debates the issues surrounding freedom of speech and publishes the work of persecuted writers. The daughter of a Jewish family who fled to Britain from Nazi Germany, she was a quiet, reserved and conformist child. Her friends, she says, still wonder how she grew up to be such an outspoken, strong-minded and opinionated woman.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Johann Sebastian Bach

1.

Johann Sebastian Bach

Flute Sonata No. 1 in B minor - 1st movement

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

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Morriston Orpheus Choir

2.

Morriston Orpheus Choir

Myfanwy

Performer: Morriston Orpheus Choir

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Burl Ives

3.

Burl Ives

The Foggy, Foggy Dew

Performer: Burl Ives

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Joseph Haydn

4.

Joseph Haydn

String Quartet in B flat major, Op. 76/4 'Sunrise' - 1st movement

Composer: Joseph Haydn

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Johannes Brahms

5.

Johannes Brahms

Ruhe, S├╝ssliebchen (from Die sch├Âne Magelone, Op. 33)

Composer: Johannes Brahms

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Kurt Weill

6.

Kurt Weill

Surabaya Johnny

Composer: Kurt Weill

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Billie Holiday

7.

Billie Holiday

Gloomy Sunday

Performer: Billie Holiday

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Richard Strauss

8.

Castaway's favourite

Richard Strauss

Marie Theres'! Hab' mir's gelobt (Act 3 Trio) (from Der Rosenkavalier)

Composer: Richard Strauss

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Book

The collected works by Anton Chekhov

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Luxury item

Family photo album

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Occupations

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