The Birthday Treat

Episodes

EpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
Comments
01Lisa Appignanesi: A Visit To The Savoy Hotel20160926

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Radio 3, the network invited five writers with whom it shares a birthday, also turning 70 this year, on a birthday outing. Our contributors chose to visit places that have some personal significance for them, where they could look back and reflect on their feelings in this special birthday year.

Today, novelist and campaigner Lisa Appignanesi, who is Chair of the Royal Society of Literature, samples the timeless elegance of The Savoy Hotel's Beaufort Bar and reflects on the characters that have passed through its doors during the 'Belle Epoque' and since.

Essayist and reader: Lisa Appignanesi

Producer: Simon Richardson.

02Michael Rosen: On The Trail Of Dh Lawrence20160927

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Radio 3, the network invited five writers with whom it shares a birthday, also turning 70 this year, on a birthday outing. Our contributors chose to visit places that have some personal significance for them, where they could look back and reflect on their feelings in this special birthday year.

Today, poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen visits Eastwood and the childhood home of DH Lawrence, the poet who inspired him to write.

Essayist and reader: Michael Rosen

Producer: Simon Richardson.

03Gervase Phinn: On The Camino De Santiago20160928

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Radio 3, the network invited five writers with whom it shares a birthday, also turning 70 this year, on a birthday outing. Our contributors chose to visit a places that have some personal significance for them where they could look back and reflect on their feelings in this special birthday year.

Today, novelist and memoirist Gervase Phinn, a former teacher and schools inspector, recalls joining the pilgrims on a visit to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, to pay homage to the relics of the apostle St James and to the act of pilgrimage itself.

Essayist and reader: Gervase Phinn

Producer: Simon Richardson.

04Edwina Currie: A Ferry Across The Mersey20160929

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Radio 3, the network invited five writers with whom it shares a birthday, also turning 70 this year, on a birthday outing. Our contributors chose to visit places that have some personal significance for them where they could look back and reflect on their feelings in this special birthday year.

Liverpool-born novelist and former politician Edwina Currie returns to her native city for a ferry ride across the River Mersey where, over 50 years ago, in an end of school ritual, she and her peers threw their hated green school berets into the river.

Essayist and reader: Edwina Currie

Producer: Simon Richardson.

05Marina Lewycka - Up The Eiffel Tower20160930

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of Radio 3, the network invited five writers with whom it shares a birthday, also turning 70 this year, on a birthday outing. Our contributors chose to visit places that have some personal significance for them where they could look back and reflect on their feelings in this special birthday year.

Today, Ukrainian-British Novelist Marina Lewycka, best known for her 2005 novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian which won the 2005 Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize, takes a trip up the Eiffel Tower to reflect on a lifetime of visiting the city and a look at what the future holds for the Europe she loves.

Essayist and reader: Marina Lewycka

Producer: Simon Richardson.