Working with Your Hands
Gandhi and Tolstoy both championed the benefits of manual labour for all on political and spiritual grounds. Mark Tully considers the contemporary resonance of these ideas.
At a time when many are asking whether there is enough attention paid to developing vital manual skills and practical professions, Mark Tully considers the importance accorded to manual labour by philosophers, poets and composers.
He asks Matthew Pottage of Wisley Gardens, at 29 the youngest curator appointed by the Royal Horticultural Society, about the problem of recruiting younger generations of gardeners and discusses the satisfaction he still gets from hands on work.
The readings are taken from Tolstoy, Gandhi and the carpenter and poet Adam White - with music from Wagner, the Ian Campbell Folk Group and The Africando All Stars.
The readers are Adjoa Andoh, Jonathan Broadbent and Francis Cadder.
Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.
The Ploughman by Oliver Wendell Homes. Published by Bartleby
Letter from Leo Tolstoy by Leo Tolstoy. Published by Wikisource
Indian Opinion by Mahatma Gandhi
Adam Bede by George Eliot. Published by Modern Library Classics
Accurate Measurements by Adam White. Published by Doire Press
For My Grandmother Knitting by Liz Lochead. Published by Polygon