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Learning to Be a Midlander

Northamptonshire writer and performer Katherine Jakeways reflects on how she finally found a sense of regional belonging and learned to be a proud Midlander.

We tend to think of England in terms of the binary opposition between the rebel North and establishment South, with the result that we often forget about the bit of the country sandwiched in between - the Midlands. This week five Essayists shed light on the distinctive history and culture of England's squeezed middle.

In this fifth and final programme in the series, writer and performer Katherine Jakeways reflects on her anonymous Northamptonshire upbringing, her love of that other great (and self-styled) 'Poet of the Midlands' - not Shakespeare but Adrian Mole - and explains how, with the discovery of Richard III's bones under a car park in Leicester and the Staffordshire Hoard in Hammerwich, she finally found a sense of regional belonging and learned to be a proud Midlander.

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Fri 25 Apr 2014 22:45

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