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Darcus Howe, Andy Coogan, Dr Sylvia Moody, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Peter Shotton

Matthew Bannister on activist Darcus Howe, athletics coach Andy Coogan, psychologist Dr Sylvia Moody, poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, businessman Peter Shotton.

Matthew Bannister on

the Black Power activist and journalist Darcus Howe. He was a leading campaigner for equal rights in the 1970s and 80s.

Athletics coach Andy Coogan who spent three and a half years as a prisoner of the Japanese during the second world war.

Dr Sylvia Moody, the clinical psychologist who pioneered greater understanding of dyslexia in adults.

The Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko who became a star in the West during the 1960s.

Peter Shotton - who was at school with John Lennon, played the washboard in the Quarrymen and made his fortune from a chain of American-style diners.

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Darcus Howe

Last Word spoke to Diane Abbott MP, to his friend Farrukh Dhondy and to Robin Bunce who co-wrote his biography.

Born 26 February 1943; died 1 April 2017 aged 74.

Andy Coogan

Matthew spoke to journalist Graham Ogilvy who ghost-wrote Andy’s memoirs.

Born 1 April 1917; died 20 March 2017 aged 99.

Dr Sylvia Moody

Matthew spoke to her former colleague, Brian Hagan.

Born 29March 1941; died 23rd February 2017 aged 75.

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Matthew spoke to his friend and translator, Robin Milner Gulland.

Born 18 July 1932; died 1 April 2017 aged 84.

Peter Shotton

Matthew spoke to his friend Rod Davies, a fellow member of the Quarrymen.

Born 4 August 1941; died 24 March 2017 aged 75.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Diane Abbott
Interviewed Guest Farrukh Dhondy
Interviewed Guest Robin Bunce
Interviewed Guest Graham Ogilvy
Interviewed Guest Brian Hagan
Interviewed Guest Robin Milner Gulland
Interviewed Guest Rod Davies


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