Telling Tales Greece

BBC World Service

In June 2018 this three part series ‘Telling Tales’ (of which this was the third part) was awarded the Silver Medal at the ‘New York Festivals International Radio programme awards for the World’s Best Radio’ in the Culture and Arts category.  

The power of ancient tales is that they cross time and space, and resonate with us all as human beings. In this three part series, “Telling Tales’, Penny Boreham explores the power of ancient stories by taking three traditional tales and juxtaposing them with contemporary experiences and issues.

In the final part of the series, we hear a section of Homer’s epic poem ‘The Odyssey’, most likely first spoken not written down in Ancient Greece, nearly three thousand years ago.  It tells of one man’s ten year long journey home, and his countless trials and adventures along the way – and alongside the story of Odysseus we hear from contemporary refugees, currently caught in limbo, living in camps in modern day Greece, who speak of their own experiences and challenges as they leave one home and hope to find another.

This is the link to the programme