Readers Kate O’Flynn and Paul Copley explore the journey to and from work, where we consider our place in the world. Featuring texts from Chekhov, Theroux and the Tao Te Ching.
The daily commute isn’t always a grind. Readers Kate O’Flynn and Paul Copley explore the journey to and from work as a space where we consider our place in the world.
It can be a time to fantasise about the familiar strangers around us; where, as the world flashes by the window, we go into reveries, conjuring memories, imagined lives, and lyrics to songs. And while for many of us the journey to work is safe, habitual and easy, for others it’s a time where both the majesty and perils of the world are felt most keenly.
Featuring poetry and prose by Chekhov, Kafka, Theroux and Hardy, and from the Tao Te Ching and the coal mines of Wales, as well as documentary archive from Ethiopia and Patagonia.
Music selections include Franz Schubert, Fanny Mendelssohn, Meredith Monk, Gavin Bryars and Charles Mingus.
Produced by Chris Elcombe.
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Commuter, read by Kate O’Flynn
BBC World Service, 2003
Excerpt from ‘Water Walks’
Excerpt from ‘Maximum City’, read by Paul Copley
From ‘The Times’, 1836
Do’s and don’ts for those taking the omnibus, read by Kate O’Flynn
Excerpt from 'The Old Patagonian Express', read by Paul Copley
Robert Louis Stevenson
Ordered South, read by Kate O’Flynn
Kafka, trans. Willa and Edwin Muir
On The Tram, read by Kate O’Flynn
Midnight on the Great Western, read by Paul Copley
Ovid - Metamorphoses Book II, trans. Arthur Golding
Helios’ description of his journey to his son Phaethon, read by Paul Copley
Excerpt from Patagonia: Earth’s Secret Paradise
(T)here iv, read by Kate O’Flynn
Tao Te Ching trans. John Bright-Fey
Chapter 45, read by Kate O’Flynn
Anton Chekhov trans. Constance Garnett
In The Cart (excerpts), read by Paul Copley