Julia Blackburn - For The Love Of A Child

Episodes

EpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
01Afternoon Reading20101214 (BBC7)
20151130 (BBC7)
20130910 (BBC7)
20130909 (BBC7)

The first of two stories about relationships between adults and children, drawn from real-life.

1. Chocolate Pudding

A psychiatrist is perplexed by several cases of coma in a young child. With patience and bowls of chocolate pudding he manages to wake the child, by describing how delicious the pudding is and putting it under the child's nose. The story is inspired by conversations with the psychiatrist and his descriptions of 'Sleeping Beauty Syndrome'.

Written and read by the Costa-shortlisted writer Julia Blackburn. The stories are written with the same mesmerising delicacy of touch that Julia brought to her Penn-Ackerley prize-winning memoir 'The Three of Us', demonstrating her extraordinary capacity to find the best in people while encompassing their frailty.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery

Music: Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire by Eric Satie.

A psychiatrist wakes a child from a coma by describing chocolate pudding.

A psychiatrist wakes a child from a coma by describing chocolate pudding.

The first of two stories about relationships between adults and children, drawn from real-life.

1. Chocolate Pudding

A psychiatrist is perplexed by several cases of coma in a young child. With patience and bowls of chocolate pudding he manages to wake the child, by describing how delicious the pudding is and putting it under the child's nose. The story is inspired by conversations with the psychiatrist and his descriptions of 'Sleeping Beauty Syndrome'.

Written and read by the Costa-shortlisted writer Julia Blackburn. The stories are written with the same mesmerising delicacy of touch that Julia brought to her Penn-Ackerley prize-winning memoir 'The Three of Us', demonstrating her extraordinary capacity to find the best in people while encompassing their frailty.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery

Music: Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire by Eric Satie.

A psychiatrist wakes a child from a coma by describing chocolate pudding.

02Afternoon Reading20101215 (BBC7)
20151201 (BBC7)
20130911 (BBC7)
20130910 (BBC7)

Written and read by the Costa-shortlisted writer Julia Blackburn, the second of two stories about relationships between adults and children, drawn from real-life.

2. Call me and I'll Come to You

At a low ebb, Julia rediscovers a letter her father wrote to her before his death. He describes how the love between a parent and child is not diminished by death. Julia is comforted, as if her father was with her in that moment.

The stories are written with the same mesmerising delicacy of touch that Julia brought to her Penn-Ackerley prize-winning memoir 'The Three of Us', demonstrating her extraordinary capacity to find the best in people while encompassing their frailty.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery

Music: Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire by Eric Satie.

Julia rediscovers a letter her father wrote to her before his death and is comforted.

Julia rediscovers a letter her father wrote to her before his death and is comforted.

Written and read by the Costa-shortlisted writer Julia Blackburn, the second of two stories about relationships between adults and children, drawn from real-life.

2. Call me and I'll Come to You

At a low ebb, Julia rediscovers a letter her father wrote to her before his death. He describes how the love between a parent and child is not diminished by death. Julia is comforted, as if her father was with her in that moment.

The stories are written with the same mesmerising delicacy of touch that Julia brought to her Penn-Ackerley prize-winning memoir 'The Three of Us', demonstrating her extraordinary capacity to find the best in people while encompassing their frailty.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery

Music: Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire by Eric Satie.

Julia rediscovers a letter her father wrote to her before his death and is comforted.

03Afternoon Reading20101216 (BBC7)
20151202 (BBC7)

The last of three stories about relationships between adults and children, drawn from real-life. The stories are written and read by Julia Blackburn, whose most recent book 'The Three Of Us' has won the 2009 Pen/Ackerley prize for memoir and autobiography. The stories have Julia's mesmerising delicacy of touch in the way they describe human relationships and her capacity to find the best in people while encompassing their frailty.

3. Three Buzzing Boys

When Julia meets Dominique she is reminded of naturalist Gilbert White's account of a young boy in the village of Selbourne. The boy sleeps by the hearth during the winter and wakes in the spring, going from hive to hive, eating honey, keeping live bees under his shirt, and buzzing with strange contentment.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery

Music: Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire by Eric Satie.

Julia is reminded of Gilbert White's 'bee boy' as she encounters another buzzing boy.

03 LASTAfternoon Reading20101216 (BBC7)
20130912 (BBC7)
20130911 (BBC7)

Julia is reminded of Gilbert White's 'bee boy' as she encounters another buzzing boy.

The last of three stories about relationships between adults and children, drawn from real-life. The stories are written and read by Julia Blackburn, whose most recent book 'The Three Of Us' has won the 2009 Pen/Ackerley prize for memoir and autobiography. The stories have Julia's mesmerising delicacy of touch in the way they describe human relationships and her capacity to find the best in people while encompassing their frailty.

3. Three Buzzing Boys

When Julia meets Dominique she is reminded of naturalist Gilbert White's account of a young boy in the village of Selbourne. The boy sleeps by the hearth during the winter and wakes in the spring, going from hive to hive, eating honey, keeping live bees under his shirt, and buzzing with strange contentment.

Producer...Mary Ward-Lowery

Music: Trois Morceaux en Forme de Poire by Eric Satie.

Julia is reminded of Gilbert White's 'bee boy' as she encounters another buzzing boy.