The Headline Ballads

Episodes

EpisodeTitleFirst
Broadcast
RepeatedComments
The Town That Made Me20171024

Performance poet Bohdan Piasecki asks what defines home and our sense of place.

A series in which poets and storytellers respond to stories underneath the world news headlines.

What defines home and our sense of belonging? In Sunderland 61% of the city's population voted to leave the European Union. Set against a historical political backdrop of industrial decline and deprivation in the region, increasingly the fabric which defined and shaped the character of the city and its people is disappearing. In the final part of The Headline Ballads performance poet Bohdan Piasecki visits Sunderland to find out what makes us who we are, and how we hold onto our sense of identity when the city in which we live is changing beyond all recognition? He weaves the story of Sunderland's lost heritage using the personal testimonies of the people who live there, documenting their fierce pride in their city and explores how it's trying to redefine itself.

Produced by Cecile Wright.

01The Island, the Sea, the Volunteer and the Refugee2016052620160603 (R4)

The Headline Ballads .

A new series in which Poets respond to stories underneath the world news headlines

1. The Island, the Sea, the Volunteer and the Refugee with poetry by Louise Wallwein

As the pressure in Greece from the humanitarian refugee crisis subsides, Poet Louise Wallwein who has a long-standing relationship with the Island of Kos, travels back to Kos Town where she worked as a volunteer helping arriving refugees during the past year . In the wake of an agreement with Turkey, as the numbers of migrants crossing the sea from Bodrum to Kos falls dramatically, she travels back to find out how the humanitarian crisis played out on their doorstep has affected the Islanders and to meet the refugees who are left behind.

The trip inspired Louise to write a ballad based on what she has heard and seen

Producer. Susan Roberts.

The Headline Ballads .

A new series in which Poets respond to stories underneath the world news headlines

1. The Island, the Sea, the Volunteer and the Refugee with poetry by Louise Wallwein

As the pressure in Greece from the humanitarian refugee crisis subsides, Poet Louise Wallwein who has a long-standing relationship with the Island of Kos, travels back to Kos Town where she worked as a volunteer helping arriving refugees during the past year . In the wake of an agreement with Turkey, as the numbers of migrants crossing the sea from Bodrum to Kos falls dramatically, she travels back to find out how the humanitarian crisis played out on their doorstep has affected the Islanders and to meet the refugees who are left behind.

The trip inspired Louise to write a ballad based on what she has heard and seen

Producer. Susan Roberts.

The Headline Ballads .

A new series in which Poets respond to stories underneath the world news headlines

1. The Island, the Sea, the Volunteer and the Refugee with poetry by Louise Wallwein

As the pressure in Greece from the humanitarian refugee crisis subsides, Poet Louise Wallwein who has a long-standing relationship with the Island of Kos, travels back to Kos Town where she worked as a volunteer helping arriving refugees during the past year . In the wake of an agreement with Turkey, as the numbers of migrants crossing the sea from Bodrum to Kos falls dramatically, she travels back to find out how the humanitarian crisis played out on their doorstep has affected the Islanders and to meet the refugees who are left behind.

The trip inspired Louise to write a ballad based on what she has heard and seen

Producer. Susan Roberts.

01The Island, The Sea, The Volunteer And The Refugee2016052620160603 (R4)

The Headline Ballads.

A new series in which Poets respond to stories underneath the world news headlines

1. The Island, the Sea, the Volunteer and the Refugee with poetry by Louise Wallwein

As the pressure in Greece from the humanitarian refugee crisis subsides, Poet Louise Wallwein who has a long-standing relationship with the Island of Kos, travels back to Kos Town where she worked as a volunteer helping arriving refugees during the past year. In the wake of an agreement with Turkey, as the numbers of migrants crossing the sea from Bodrum to Kos falls dramatically, she travels back to find out how the humanitarian crisis played out on their doorstep has affected the Islanders and to meet the refugees who are left behind.

The trip inspired Louise to write a ballad based on what she has heard and seen

Producer. Susan Roberts.

02The Story of the Monkeys and the Fishes2016080820161105 (R4)

A series in which poets and storytellers respond to stories underneath the world news headlines.

In part 2 of The Headline Ballads the Sierra Leonean storyteller, Usifu Jalloh, is inspired by the people rebuilding their communities after Ebola. His Headline Ballad - The Story of the Monkeys and the Fishes - is told with his drum and a traditional thumb piano. It runs through the programme and is interwoven with personal testimonies from those who experienced the crisis in Sierra Leone at first hand. We hear from Ebola survivors, from the leader of a burial team, from a nurse who kept a hospital running virtually single handedly, from a man who ran the government's emergency Ebola response room, and also from the children caught up in the crisis and now coping with its aftermath.

Producer: Penny Boreham.

02The Story Of The Monkeys And The Fishes2016080820161105 (R4)

A series in which poets and storytellers respond to stories underneath the world news headlines.

In part 2 of The Headline Ballads the Sierra Leonean storyteller, Usifu Jalloh, is inspired by the people rebuilding their communities after Ebola. His Headline Ballad - The Story of the Monkeys and the Fishes - is told with his drum and a traditional thumb piano. It runs through the programme and is interwoven with personal testimonies from those who experienced the crisis in Sierra Leone at first hand. We hear from Ebola survivors, from the leader of a burial team, from a nurse who kept a hospital running virtually single handedly, from a man who ran the government's emergency Ebola response room, and also from the children caught up in the crisis and now coping with its aftermath.

Producer: Penny Boreham.

In part 2 of The Headline Ballads the Sierra Leonean storyteller, Usifu Jalloh, is inspired by the people rebuilding their communities after Ebola. His Headline Ballad - The Story of the Monkeys and the Fishes - is told with his drum and a traditional thumb piano. It runs through the programme and is interwoven with personal testimonies from those who experienced the crisis in Sierra Leone at first hand. We hear from Ebola survivors, from the leader of a burial team, from a nurse who kept a hospital running virtually single handedly, from a woman who took in Ebola orphans, and also from the children caught up in the crisis and now coping with its aftermath.

02The Story Of The Monkeys And The Fishes20160808

A series in which poets and storytellers respond to stories underneath the world news headlines

In part 2 of The Headline Ballads the Sierra Leonean storyteller, Usifu Jalloh, is inspired by the people rebuilding their communities after Ebola. His Headline Ballad - The Story of the Monkeys and the Fishes - is told with his drum and a traditional thumb piano. It runs through the programme and is interwoven with personal testimonies from those who experienced the crisis in Sierra Leone at first hand. We hear from Ebola survivors, from the leader of a burial team, from a nurse who kept a hospital running virtually single handedly, from a woman who took in Ebola orphans, and also from the children caught up in the crisis and now coping with its aftermath.

Producer: Penny Boreham.

03Whilst the Water Weeps Next to the Water2016121220170113 (R4)

A series in which poets and storytellers respond to stories underneath the world news headlines.

In part 3 of The Headline Ballads: Whilst the Water Weeps Next to the Water, the writer and poet, Kamal Kaan, explores the impact of flooding on the lives of people in Bangladesh and the UK. His ballad begins with the story of his own parents move from Bangladesh to escape the poverty and the floods of their native homeland and is interwoven with personal testimonies from those who have experienced first hand the devastation caused by flooding. We hear from villagers in Northern Bangladesh whose homes and livelihoods are continually destroyed by floods; from one Cumbrian resident whose home has been inundated by flood water four times in the last ten years, and from the people of Carlisle who live in constant fear that global warming will bring a return of the floods that overwhelmed the city in December 2015.

Producer: Cecile Wright.

03Whilst The Water Weeps Next To The Water20161212

A series in which poets and storytellers respond to stories underneath the world news headlines.

In part 3 of The Headline Ballads: Whilst the Water Weeps Next to the Water, the writer and poet, Kamal Kaan, explores the impact of flooding on the lives of people in Bangladesh and the UK. His ballad begins with the story of his own parents move from Bangladesh to escape the poverty and the floods of their native homeland and is interwoven with personal testimonies from those who have experienced first hand the devastation caused by flooding. We hear from villagers in Northern Bangladesh whose homes and livelihoods are continually destroyed by floods; from one Cumbrian resident whose home has been inundated by flood water four times in the last ten years, and from the people of Carlisle who live in constant fear that global warming will bring a return of the floods that overwhelmed the city in December 2015.

Producer: Cecile Wright.

03Whilst The Water Weeps Next To The Water2016121220170113 (R4)

A series in which poets and storytellers respond to stories underneath the world news headlines.

In part 3 of The Headline Ballads: Whilst the Water Weeps Next to the Water, the writer and poet, Kamal Kaan, explores the impact of flooding on the lives of people in Bangladesh and the UK. His ballad begins with the story of his own parents move from Bangladesh to escape the poverty and the floods of their native homeland and is interwoven with personal testimonies from those who have experienced first hand the devastation caused by flooding. We hear from villagers in Northern Bangladesh whose homes and livelihoods are continually destroyed by floods; from one Cumbrian resident whose home has been inundated by flood water four times in the last ten years, and from the people of Carlisle who live in constant fear that global warming will bring a return of the floods that overwhelmed the city in December 2015.

Producer: Cecile Wright.

04The Town That Made Me20170313

A series in which poets and storytellers respond to stories underneath the world news headlines.

What defines home and our sense of belonging? In Sunderland 61% of the city's population voted to leave the European Union. Set against a historical political backdrop of industrial decline and deprivation in the region, increasingly the fabric which defined and shaped the character of the city and its people is disappearing. In the final part of The Headline Ballads performance poet Bohdan Piasecki visits Sunderland to find out what makes us who we are, and how we hold onto our sense of identity when the city in which we live is changing beyond all recognition? He weaves the story of Sunderland's lost heritage using the personal testimonies of the people who live there, documenting their fierce pride in their city and explores how it's trying to redefine itself.

Produced by Cecile Wright.

04The Town That Made Me20170313

A series in which poets and storytellers respond to stories underneath the world news headlines.

What defines home and our sense of belonging? In Sunderland 61% of the city's population voted to leave the European Union. Set against a historical political backdrop of industrial decline and deprivation in the region, increasingly the fabric which defined and shaped the character of the city and its people is disappearing. In the final part of The Headline Ballads performance poet Bohdan Piasecki visits Sunderland to find out what makes us who we are, and how we hold onto our sense of identity when the city in which we live is changing beyond all recognition? He weaves the story of Sunderland's lost heritage using the personal testimonies of the people who live there, documenting their fierce pride in their city and explores how it's trying to redefine itself.

Produced by Cecile Wright.