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Margaret Evison; child models; Tove Jansson

Margaret Evison on her son Lieutenant Mark Evison; Moomins author Tove Jansson; child models; the potential dangers of boys being circumcised outside the health system.

Margaret Evison tells us about her son Mark, a Lieutenant in 1st Battalion Welsh Guards who died in Helmand Province in 2009, and about the foundation established in his name. The career of Moomins author Tove Jansson. As Romeo Beckham is chosen to model Burberry's Spring/Summer 2013 season Sally Peck from the Telegraph and TV presenter and former child model Sonali Shah discuss whether photo-shoots and the catwalk are a good place for kids. A nurse has been found guilty of manslaughter after causing a baby's death after a botched home circumcision. While such deaths are rare in the UK, non-fatal complications are not uncommon, Clinical Director of Surgery at Birmingham Children's Hospital, Anthony Lander explains the dangers of such operations outside the medical profession. The Cazalet Chronicles are being adapted into a Woman's Hour Drama serial which begins in the New Year. We hear from author Elizabeth Jane Howard and adaptor Lin Coghlan.

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58 minutes

Chapters

  • Death of a Soldier – A Mother’s Soldier

    Margaret Evison's talks about her son who was shot in Afghanistan

    Duration: 10:00

  • Tove Jansson documentary: Moominland Tales

    Tove's neice Sophia Jansson and documentary maker Eleanor Yule discuss Tove's life

    Duration: 09:14

  • The Cazalet Chronicles Drama

    We speak to author Elizabeth Jane Howard and adaptor Lin Coghlan

    Duration: 07:54

  • Male Circumcision

    A nurse has been found guilty of causing a baby's death after a botched home circumcision.

    Duration: 07:17

  • Child Modelling

    After ten year old Romeo Beckham's recent fashion shoot, is child modelling a good idea?

    Duration: 08:57

Death of a Soldier – A Mother’s Soldier

On 12th May 2009 Lieutenant Mark Evison of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards died after being shot in the shoulder while leading a patrol in Helmand Province. Mark was hailed as a hero and, at 26, one of the best of his generation of young officers. He had kept a diary, an account of his few short weeks in Afghanistan. In her book, Death of a Soldier, his mother Margaret includes some of these extracts, and writes about her experience of losing her son in these circumstances. She joins Aasmah Mir to describe Mark, the sense of loss following his death, and how a foundation established in his name has helped her to see him again in the young people it supports.

Book: Death of a Soldier – A Mother’s Soldier, published by The Robson Press.

Tove Jansson documentary

Woman’s Hour will be hearing about Tove Jansson author of the Moomin children’s books. Although the Moomins are famous around the world, less is known about their reclusive Finnish creator. We’ll be hearing about Tove’s life from the director of a new documentary about her and recollections about her from her niece, Sophia Jansson.

 

Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove Jansson is on BBC4 on Boxing Day at 21:00.

The Cazalet Chronicles

In the New Year Woman’s Hour will begin a serialisation of Elizabeth Jane Howard’s Cazalet Chronicles in our drama serial. We hear from author Elizabeth Jane Howard and adaptor Lin Coghlan.

Male Circumcision

A nurse has been found guilty of manslaughter after causing a baby's death after a botched home circumcision. Such deaths are rare in the UK, but non-fatal complications are not uncommon. It was reported that in 2009, in one hospital in Birmingham, 105 boys were treated at A&E for complications after circumcisions. To discuss Aasmah is joined by Mr Anthony Lander, Clinical Director of Surgery at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

NHS circumcision information

Child Modelling

Ten year old Romeo Beckham has been unveiled as the newest star of Burberry's Spring/Summer 2013 campaign, making his modelling debut alongside Edie Campbell and Cara Delevingne. His appearance has caused a whirl of response, from parents who feel the decision is ill-advised for a child of that age, to those asking what all the fuss is about. Sally Peck, editor and columnist for Mother Tongue, the Telegraph's digital parenting hub and Sonali Shah, a freelance television presenter and a former child model, join Aasmah Mir to discuss.

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