In 2021, Professor David Vaughan of the School of Journalism, Media & Visual Arts, was approached by Leah Gaffen from Class Acts, an initiative that works with bilingual children in the Czech Republic. Working together on a project involving radio, and inspiring stories from children, this collaboration brought to life something beautiful…

Leah and her colleagues were interested in family history and had the idea of putting together a project with Czech Radio. We decided to invite children and teenagers aged eleven to eighteen to write a story in English about someone in their family who had inspired them or influenced how they see the world.

We then invited the children to Radio Prague International’s studios to record them reading and talking about their stories.” – David Vaughan

 Many of the stories are beautifully and sensitively written. They offer subtle and often unexpected insights into recent Czech, and Czechoslovak, history, and sometimes into places far beyond this country’s borders!

The stories form the basis for a new weekly radio/podcast series, A Stitch in Time, which began on November 12th, 2022, the first episode of which you can find here.

You can also subscribe to the series as a podcast through Spotify, Apple iTunes, or Google Podcasts.

All the stories, in text and audio (read by their authors), can also be found here.

Happy listening!