Three specially-commissioned tales by Julie Mayhew – taking their inspiration not only from the Rapunzel story made familiar by the Brothers Grimm, but also from some of the traditional European tales that influenced them. In modern settings, each story features a girl with a tall tower of her own and the possibilities of an open window…

Parlez Vous

Poised to begin an adventure of her own, a young woman considers the story of her mother who – aged seven -began speaking spontaneously in a foreign language.

Reader: Emerald O’Hanrahan

A Shaggy Bob Story

A story of very long hair – and head lice.

Reader: Julie Mayhew

The Switch

Set in the not-too-distant future, a woman sits watching events on ‘Earth’. But who is the crying girl with the crazy hair?

Reader: Indira Varma

First Broadcast:

Friday 26th June/3rd/10th July 2015 at 15:45 on BBC Radio 4

Production Credits:

Writer: Julie Mayhew
Broadcast Assistant: Sarah Tombling
Sound Engineer: Jon Calver
Producer: Jeremy Osborne
Executive Producer: Karen Rose
Music: So Weit Wie Noch Nie by Jurgen Paape and Pulpit Hymn: ‘Quem Pastores Laudevere’ by Michael Praetorius & performed by Gabriele Consort & Players

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