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Folk singer Shirley Collins - on finding her lost voice after 38 years

Folk singer Shirley Collins, singing again after losing her voice to heartbreak 38 years ago; war widows' stories; actress Phoebe Fox; 91-year-old Romany traveller Zillah Smith.

Folk singer Shirley Collins - legendary singer and one of England's most respected song collectors. She describes her musical life in the 50s, 60s and 70s. losing her voice to heartbreak 38 years ago, and returning to music in her 80s with new album Lodestar.

War widows stories. On Remembrance Day we look at what's it like to be a war widow. Jenni speaks to Dr Nadine Muller of Liverpool John Moores University, and to Mary Moreland of the War Widows Association, about a new project that collects stories from across the decades.

Plus actor Phoebe Fox discusses Close To The Enemy, a new drama series on BBC2, set in a bomb-damaged London in the wake of WWII. Phoebe tells us about playing the character Kathy Griffiths, a young woman from the War Crimes Unit, insistent on bringing war criminals to justice.

And 91 year old Romany traveller Zillah Smith. She and her ancestors have travelled the roads of Staffordshire for centuries, and now a biography by writer Netta Cartwright follows the stories of six generations of Zillah's family. Angela Robson went to meet them both in Zillah's caravan in Stafford.

Presenter: Jenni Murray
Producer: Emma Wallace.

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Role Contributor
Presenter Jenni Murray
Producer Emma Wallace
Interviewed Guest Shirley Collins
Interviewed Guest Phoebe Fox
Interviewed Guest Nadine Muller
Interviewed Guest Mary Moreland
Interviewed Guest Netta Cartwright
Interviewed Guest Zillah Smith
Interviewer Angela Robson

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