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Is This Platform Four Madam? Is it? by Pauline Melville

The haunting story of a remarkable encounter with two mysterious strangers on a train journey south from Newcastle. Written by author Pauline Melville and read by Deborah Findlay

Is This Platform Four Madam? Is it? is an original short story written for radio by the acclaimed Guyanese-born author Pauline Melville.

The haunting story of a remarkable encounter with two mysterious strangers on a train journey south from Newcastle to London. A post-graduate is leaving Newcastle and heading south after finishing her English studies when she is struck by two unusual men who seem oddly over-anxious to establish if they are on the right train. Once on board the pair break into song and it emerges they are Travellers, who have never learnt to read, on their way to their annual festive gathering, Appleby Fair. Is This Platform Four Madam? Is it? captures a fleeting moment when two contrasting cultures, rural and urban, lyrical and literary, age-old and modern, rub up against eachother on one memorable summer's evening.

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