The Belgian Nurse
This 60-minute play traces the growing friendship, partnership and love between Kathryn Hulme, author of the 1950s bestseller The Nun's Story, and Marie Louise Habets, the real ex-nun upon whose life it was based. Starting with their first meeting, it follows them through the hardships of post World War II refugee relief work, to the very different struggles that go with seeing your hitherto private life story turned into a Hollywood blockbuster.
First Transmission: Saturday January 13 2007, BBC Radio Four, 2.30-3.30pm GMT.
Click here for The Nun’s True Story.
The de Montfort Essay Cup
First published in "The Man Who Loved Presents"
edited by Alison Campbell et al (London, The
Women's Press, 1991)
Broadcast on BBC Radio Four, Christmas 1995,
Repeated Christmas 1996
Read by Sara Coward
"There's one thing I wish people wouldn't do at Christmas. By people I mean old lovers who have gone off and
married someone else. This happens to me over and over again. I don't mean that I have all that many lovers, but
the ones I do have invariably leave me after a few months and marry someone else.
"I don't think I'm unduly bitter about this. I'm certainly not surprised…"
Broadcast on BBC Radio Four in 1998, part of "Tales We Tell", a series of short stories
commissioned to mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of the short story collection "Tales I Tell My
Read by Gwen Taylor
"She tosses her head. 'Oh, he said something about you and him respecting each other's freedom. I thought
he meant, you know, that he does the washing up. I never dreamed it was something as sick and sad and seedy as what
you're talking about. Why are you and he so scared of commitment?'
'If you're so keen on commitment,' I ask her, 'What were you doing with my man?'…"
Stop The City
Broadcast on BBC Radio Four in 2003, as part of "The Double Helix", a series of short
stories specially commissioned to mark the anniversary of the discovery of DNA.
Read by Jenny Coverack
"There might be a genetic predisposition in some people to drive their cars recklessly, but it can't be in
a pedestrian's DNA that they're going to place themselves in that motorist's path.
Or can it? Maybe everything is predestined. One thing that was predestined was that if I didn't get to work, I
would be fired. On my way in, I happened to run into one of our technical support guys, and asked him whether it
was possible to do DNA tests online by licking a VDU. Not that I'm planning to do it at work, I added hastily (they're
rather protective of their equipment), I just wondered. He said he hadn't heard of it but if there was one thing
he had learned from a career in IT, it was "never say never", and he guessed the same applied to molecular
Broadcast on BBC Radio Four as part “Last Night I Dreamt…”, a series of stories to mark the centenary of the birth of Daphne du Maruier. Repeated 2008.
Read by Jenny Coverack
One Of The Family
Zoë Fairbairns' story One Of The Family was dramatised as a radio play by
John Petherbridge and broadcast on BBC Radio Four in 1993, starring Nathaniel Parker as Taffy the dog. Click here for an interview
about the adaptation,.