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Baroness Mary Warnock

Baroness Warnock outlines her dream festival on the uninhabited island of Tanera Mor off the west coast of Scotland. Her guests include Haydn, Wordsworth and Coleridge.

Baroness Mary Warnock joins presenter Tim Samuels to curate and create the festival of her wildest dreams.

Festivals are fast becoming significant events on more and more people's calendars. Whether it's a huge rock fest or a small scale village event, it's somebody's job to imagine the festival before it happens, and to assemble all the pieces of the jigsaw that are needed to bring their vision to life.

But what if you could create your own festival - where you set the agenda, chose the guests, pick the acts, and dictate the weather, the food and the ambience? A festival where anyone - whether dead or alive - can be summoned to perform, and nothing is unimaginable.

Fantasy Festival is a chance for someone to become the curator of the festival of their very own dreams. And the festival curator in this programme is the moral philosopher, Baroness Mary Warnock who recently retired from the House of Lords at the age of 91.

Baroness Warnock outlines her dream festival which takes place on the uninhabited island of Tanera Mor in the Summer Isles off the West Coast of Scotland. There she convenes a group of 50 people to camp, walk and talk about the effect that wild nature has on the human spirit. Her guests include Haydn, Wordsworth and Coleridge as she attempts to revive the Romantic ideal of spending time in wilderness landscapes in order to reconnect with nature. It's Mary's conviction that if we don't experience wild nature in our lives, we lose something vital of ourselves.

Produced by Rosie Boulton
A Monty Funk production for BBC Radio 4.

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28 minutes

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Thu 20 Aug 2015 21:30

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  • Thu 20 Aug 2015 09:00
  • Thu 20 Aug 2015 21:30