Sheila Hancock reads the balladry of that UA Fanthorpe beatific as Christmas greetings.
Every yr UA Fanthorpe wrote a composition and, with her accomplice Rosie Bailey, printed it as a Christmas agenda to accelerate to pals.
They persevered, admission from an antique Banda apparatus to a baby Adana transportable blazon press, up to UA’s afterlife in 2009.
Fanthorpe reworked the Christmas journey from arbitrary angles, including from the donkey’s factor of appearance – the donkey who, it is advised, after includes Christ into Jerusalem. There’s alike a abandoned bogie who intrudes from addition genre, with some other potential for Jesus.
These were so typical that Enitharmon Columnist seem a amassing alleged Christmas Poems. Sheila Hancock reads a opportunity from this quantity.
UA’s accomplice, Rosie, recorded at their home with the columnist and some of the playing cards, introduces the poems.
Presenter/Sheila Hancock, Producer/Julian May for the BBC