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Dame Anne Owers

Dame Anne Owers, former Chief Inspector of Prisons, joins Kirsty Young to choose her Desert Island Discs.

Kirsty Young's castaway is the former Chief Inspector of Prisons, Dame Anne Owers.

A long-time human rights campaigner, she's spent years immersing herself in the problems of people on the margins of society. During the time she was Chief Inspector, the prison population expanded hugely. "The thing that saddened me greatly is that our prisons became better places but they also became places that soaked up a lot of money and into which we put a lot of people. My view is a lot of that money could have been better spent doing things that stopped people getting there in the first place and therefore prevented there being victims of crime."

Record: Handel's Messiah
Book: An Anthology of British poetry
Luxury: A solar powered word processor

Producer: Isabel Sargent.

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45 minutes

Last on

Fri 4 Mar 2011 09:00

Music Played

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • George Frideric Handel

      Comfort ye my people (from Messiah)

      Artist: Philip Langridge

      • Handel: Messiah.
      • Decca.
  • The Kinks

    Waterloo Sunset

    Composer: Ray Davies

    • The Definitive Collection.
    • Polygram.
  • June Tabor

    The Band played Waltzing Matilda

    Composer: E Bogle

    • Folk Heritage 11.
    • Music Club.
  • George Fenton

    The Funeral

    Composer: Fenton/Gwangwa)

    • Cry Freedom.
    • MCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Dove sono (from The Marriage of Figaro)

    Artist: Kiri te Kanawa with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti

    • Kiri.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben– Lord, if proud enemies rage, from Bach's Christmas Oratorio

    Artist: The Monteverdi Choir & the English Baroque Soloists conducted by John Eliot Gardiner

    • Christmas Oratorio.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for Two Violins in D minor

    Artist: The German Bach Soloists led by Helmut Winschermann

    • Shepherd Cantata.
    • Musicaphon.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Spem in Alium

    Artist: The Sixteen

    • Spem in Alium.
    • Coro.
  • Book Choice

    • An Anthology of British poetry

  • Luxury Choice

    • A solar powered word processor

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Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Anne Owers

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