Soundtracking show on Herne Hill Free Film Festival

John Flannery is joined by one of his friends and fellow volunteers from the Herne Hill Free Film Festival, Karen Sainsbury to talk about this year's festival. Karen plays 13 of her favourite film and tv tracks. This year there are 21 film screenings, workshops & a 48 Hour film making competition running from 1May - 1 June 2018.

Age of Anxiety episode 5 'State price rather than value'

Episode 5:
In the aftermath of the second global conflict in the space of 30 years, European poets speak up for the civilised values that are humanity’s only protection against its worst instincts at a time when Auden’s words of 80 years ago – ‘In the nightmare of the dark / All the dogs of Europe bark’ – remain supremely relevant.




Age of Anxiety episode 4 'God is not to be disturbed'

Episode 4:
Witnessed by Johannes Bobrowski, Paul Celan, Horst Bienek, Kingsley Amis, and Nelly Sachs, the world descends into routine genocide, chronic intolerance, and whirlwinds of hatred where, as the Serbian-American poet, Charles Simic writes, ‘You will pray to God but God will hang a sign / that He’s not to be disturbed.’



Age Of Anxiety episode 3' The Garish Light of Obviousness'

Episode 3:
All hell breaks loose and bathes Europe in what the Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert calls ‘the garish light of obviousness’ – which all too often we blindly ignore today – in death camps, dark cities, and Soviet satellite states. Joining him in our tragic chorus are Nina Cassian, Vasko Popa, Yannis Ritsos, and Jerzy Ficowski.



Age of Anxiety episode 2 ' Very few are asking why not scrap it?'

Episode 2:
The clouds begin to gather over a Europe still reeling from the cataclysm of the Great War, and WH Auden, John Lehmann, David Gascoyne, Edwin Muir, C├ęsar Vallejo, and Louis MacNeice let fly with words of warning that still bear repeating today.