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A Sense of Belonging

In a programme that ranges from artists and writers who identify as outsiders, to those buoyed up by their sense of social cohesion, Mark Tully explores how much we need to belong.

Is the desire to belong one of the basic instincts underpinning human society? Mark Tully explores what causes the need to belong, what a sense of belonging offers us and whether it's possible to live without it.

There are readings from the work of novelist William Somerset Maugham, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the young New Zealand poet Lang Leav. Music comes from Louis Armstrong, Francis Poulenc and Suzanne Vega.

The readers are Cyril Nri and Emma Pallant.

Presenter: Mark Tully
Producer: Frank Stirling
A 7digital production for BBC Radio 4.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 8 Apr 2018 23:30

Music Played



    Performer: Louis Armstrong.
    • The Great Satchmo.
  • Edwards/Rogers


    Performer: Sister Sledge.
    • The Disco Years: Boogie Fever.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Dialogues des Carmélites, Act 3, Scene 4: Salve Regina

    Performer: Kent Nagano, Opera de Lyon.
    • Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites.
  • David Baddiel, Frank Skinner & The Lightning Seeds

    Three Lions

    • Euro 2000: The Official Album.
  • Visceglia, Michael J/Ferrera, Stephen/Vega, Suzanne/Shulman, Marc David

    Solitude Standing

    Performer: Suzanne Vega.
    • Solitude Standing.
  • Richard Wagner

    Tannhauser, Act III: Begluckt darf nun dich, "Pilgrims' Chorus"

    Performer: Slovak Philharmonic Choir.
    • The A-Z of Opera (2nd Expanded Edition).


Title: The Book of Hygge Author: Louisa Thomsen Brits Published by Ebury Press

Reading from God Is Not a Christian: And Other Provocations, Copyright © 2011 by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Used with permission. All rights reserved.

Title: [Reproduced from] Erwin Chargaff's Heraclitean Fire: Sketches from a Life Before Nature ©1978 Published by The Rockefeller University Press

Title: Among The Thugs: The Experience, and the Seduction, of Crowd Violence Author: Bill Burford Published by Random House

Title: Love and Misadventure Author: Lang Leav Published by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Title: Image of Kindness Author: Esma’il Kho’i. Poem copyright © Esma’il Kho’i, English translation copyright © Niloufar Talebi. fromBelonging: New Poetry by Iranians Around the World, edited and translated by NiloufarTalebi, published by North Atlantic Books. copyright © 2008 by Niloufar Talebi.Reprinted by permission of North Atlantic Books.