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Cressida Cowell; Young Foster Carers; Battle of Orgreave

Cressida Cowell talks about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III. What is putting off younger foster carers? Lesley Boulton describes her memories of the Battle of Orgreave.

Best selling children's author Cressida Cowell talks about Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III and her new illustrated guide to dragon species. The average age of a foster carer is 42. We discuss what might be putting off younger carers and why they're so urgently needed. 30 years on, Lesley Boulton describes her memories of the Battle of Orgreave and the impact of being in the most iconic photo of this famous clash between pickets and police. Black Rainbow - how poetry helped one woman cope with her depression.

Presenter: Jane Garvey
Producer: Karen Dalziel.

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45 minutes


  • Cressida Cowell

    The author on her hugely successful book series, How To Train Your Dragon

    Duration: 10:18

  • Battle of Orgreave

    Lesley Boulton remembers the events at the Orgreave coking plant 30 years ago

    Duration: 07:43

  • Recruiting young foster carers

    Why are there so few young foster carers and what might be putting them off?

    Duration: 14:39

  • The Healing Power of Poetry

    Rachel Kelly on how she was overcome with depression and what helped her out of it

    Duration: 06:49

Cressida Cowell

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III is the hero of the How to Train Your Dragon series of books.  They are huge worldwide bestsellers and the spin off film was a hit for the makers Dreamworks. Author Cressida Cowell joins Jane to talk about how childhood summers on a remote Scottish island inspired her love of all things Viking, why young readers identify with Hiccup’s struggles to live up to his father, the tribal chief, and her hopes that the new book – a lovingly illustrated guide to all the species of dragons – will inspire children to appreciate and protect the natural world.

Recruiting young foster carers

If you are over 21 and have a spare room you could be a foster carer but the average age of fosterers starting out is 42. The TV chef Lorraine Pascale was fostered and has made a film about her experiences and Gemma has been fostering since she was 21. They join Jane, along with Sara Lurie, of Fostering Network, to explore the recruitment crisis over finding young foster carers and discuss what might be putting them off?

Rachel Kelly and the healing power of poetry

In 1997 working mother and Times journalist Rachel Kelly went from feeling mildly anxious to being unable to function within the space of just three days. She was prescribed anti-depressants and with supported by her family, she slowly began to get better, but six years later as a stay at home mum, she suffered a second severe collapse. Throughout her periods of depression, the healing power of poetry became an integral part of her recovery and a lifeline in times of need. In her new book, Black Rainbow, she traces the story of her recovery through the 40 poems that provided her with comfort and solace during her breakdown and she joins Jane to explain why words can be a powerful remedy.


Rachel has created an app that features poems and advice from experts to help heal depression. All proceeds from the sale of the app and her book are going to charities SANE and United Response.


 Black Rainbow is published by Hodder and Stoughton



Role Contributor
Presenter Jane Garvey
Producer Karen Dalziel
Interviewed Guest Cressida Cowell
Interviewed Guest Lesley Boulton
Interviewed Guest Rachel Kelly
Interviewed Guest Lorraine Pascale
Interviewed Guest Gemma Waters
Interviewed Guest Sara Lurie


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