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

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by Gabrielle Riel on Monday, 2 May, 2011

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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