Writer and performer Anna Chen presents an intimate look at the rich cultural life of St Ives, past and present. Writers and artists from JMW Turner to Barbara Hepworth have been coming to this famous Cornish fishing village for the past 200 years, attracted by its special light and bohemian spirit. Anna has been holidaying there since she was a child and has a passionate connection to the place. She recalls long afternoons as a teenager watching artist Patrick Heron working in his studio, and meeting freespirits such as Molly Parkin. She visits her favourite haunts and performs at the annual St Ives Festival. (1 x 28′)
First broadcast December 2011 BBC Radio 4
Producer Chris Eldon Lee
A lovely evocation of the town and what makes it special – Clare Heal, The Sunday Express
Radio Choice: Radio Times, The Observer, The Times, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, Time Out.