The Radio Riel Players Present: Tales from New Babbage, The Brownie of the Black Haggs by James Hogg

The Radio Riel Play­ers Present” is Radio Riel’s inde­pen­dent radio pro­duc­tion of clas­sic sto­ries, poems and plays, all per­formed by The Radio Riel Play­ers from around the world.

Tales from New Bab­bage” are dark­er sto­ries brought to you by the res­i­dents of the Steam­punk City-State of New Bab­bage. As they say in New Bab­bage, what could pos­si­bly go wrong?

From Wikipedia:
James Hogg wrote in both Eng­lish and Scots. He had lit­tle for­mal edu­ca­tion, and became a shep­herd, liv­ing in grind­ing pover­ty, hence his nick­name, ‘The Ettrick Shep­herd’. His employ­er, James Laid­law of Black­house in the Yarrow val­ley, see­ing how hard he was work­ing to improve him­self, offered to help by mak­ing books avail­able. Hogg used these to essen­tial­ly teach him­self to read and write (some­thing he had achieved by the age of 14). In 1796 Robert Burns died, and Hogg, who had only just come to hear of him, was dev­as­tat­ed by the loss. He strug­gled to pro­duce poet­ry of his own, and Laid­law intro­duced him to Sir Wal­ter Scott, who asked him to help with a pub­li­ca­tion enti­tled The Min­strel­sy of the Scot­tish Bor­der.

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