Three stories by Morven Crumlish – commissioned specially for Radio 4 – inspired by the work of Edinburgh artist Phoebe Anna Traquair.


At the top of her ladder, painting her mural, an artist is adding detail to the robes of a priest: “a pomegranate and a bell…”

Reader: Gillian Kearney

Banana Bread

The church is now a brickyard. A builder uncovers some of the neglected murals, and relives the life and death of his lost son.

Reader: Mark Bonnar

A Bowl Of Cherries

An events manager is beset by crises while organising a christening party at the former church.

Reader: Ashley Jensen

First Broadcast:

Friday 14th/21st/28th December 2012 at 15:45 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Writer: Morven Crumlish
Broadcast Assistant: Sarah Tombling
Sound Engineer: Jon Calver
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
Executive Producer: Karen Rose
Music: Vespro Della Beata Virgine by Claudio Monteverdi & performed by Claudio Monteverdi/John Eliot Gardiner and co & The Felice Brothers by The Felice Brothers

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