Saturday, 25 April 2009
1:05 Pathfinders: Lighting the Way by Keith Richardson
A documentary featuring members of the British Pathfinder squadron whose job was to pinpoint enemy targets for following Allied bomber crews in the 1940's.
3:15 The Anzac Picnic
Adrienne Frater's short story about a Swedish exchange student on an ANZAC day picnic with her host father in the Peel Forest, South Canterbury.
4:35 War Poetry
BBC War correspondent Jonathan Charles finds out about the poetry being written as a result of the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan
5:15 Afternoon Tea With The Ladies a short story by Wendy Craig
Private Brierley, invalided home after losing a leg in WW1, attends a reception in his honour arranged by the women of the Patriotic League. He struggles to balance his own horrific experiences with the jingoistic, rose tinted view held by the women (RNZ)
5:45 ANZAC Day Dawn Service of Remembrance
The Wellington Dawn Service was conducted by the Reverend Robin Lane, Presbyterian Minister Emeritus, representing the Wellington Council of Churches. RNZ Presenter is Warwick Burke.
6:35 Storytime including:
A War Far Away, by Pauline Cartwright, told by Teresa Healy and
The Bantam and the Soldier by Jennifer Beck, told by Martyn Sanderson
8:40 Deborah Challinor
Writer and historian Deborah Challinor has been researching New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War since the late 1970s. She is the author of the Children of War historical romance series, and her eighth novel, Isle of Tears (HarperCollins, ISBN: 9781869506339), recently topped the sales chart for New Zealand fiction. Her 1998 non-fiction book, Grey Ghosts: New Zealand Vietnam Vets Talk About Their War (HarperCollins, ISBN 978-1-86950-771-8), has just been republished in an updated edition.
11:15 Alex Hedley and Robin Kay
Alex Hedley is a New Zealand writer and editor based in the United Kingdom, who has been pursuing filmmaking ventures in the Middle East and North Africa. With freelance historian Megan Hutching, he is the author of Fernleaf Cairo (HarperCollins, ISBN: 978-1-86950-755-8), telling the story of Maadi Camp in Egypt, home to 76,000 New Zealanders - including Alex's grandfather - during the Second World War.
Wellington artist Robin Kay was stationed at Maadi Camp from 1940 to 1944 as a soldier and archivist with the NZ Division. He has been a member of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts for 70 years, and received the Insignia of a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit in April 2008, for services to art and military history. His works are included in the Archives NZ Collection.