September Spotlight – celebrating John Bradburne

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September Spotlight – celebrating John Bradburne

Radio Maria England has partnered with the John Bradburne Memorial Society to present the poetry and work of John Bradburne.  The John Bradburne Memorial Society was founded as a charity in England in 1995 in order to help support Mutemwa Leprosy and Care Centre in Zimbabwe.  It honours the memory of John Bradburne’s dedicated life and work at Mutemwa where he was warden between 1969 to 1979.

John Bradburne Special:

Radio Maria has partnered with the John Bradburne Memorial Society to present a series of programmes sharing the great work that John Bradburne did in Zimbabwe and the people that are supporting efforts for his canonization.  John was Teresa Yonge’s uncle and has continued to influence and inspire her as she gathers support for his canonization.  She, like John, finds that through sacrifice and trust she comes closer to Jesus and is able to share the light of the Lord with others.

Listen to this special as a podcast, click below:

Poetry with John Bradburne:

David Crystal will be presenting the Poetry of John Bradburne. Presented by David Crystal. David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Bangor, and works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, lecturer, editor, and broadcaster. He has been writing on topics in linguistics, with particular reference to the English language, since 1964, and a complete list of his publications, along with fuller biodata, can be found on his website He received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995. His best-known books include The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language and The Stories of English, and his most recent book, published in July, is Tales of the Linguistically Unexpected. His recordings of the Catholic lectionary for lockdown can be found at He has edited all of John Bradburne’s poetry for the online website, and written a full account of the poems in A Life Made of Words: The Poetry and Thought of John Bradburne, available from his website or the John Bradburne Memorial Society. With his wife Hilary he has published several anthologies of the poems: Songs of the Vagabond, John Bradburne’s Mutemwa, John Bradburne’s Book of Days, John Bradburne’s Birds Bees and Beasts, and John Bradburne on Love.

Broadcast: Starting September 6th through October 17th – Mondays 1:30pm, Tuesdays 12:30am, Wednesdays 5:30am and 5:00pm, and Thursdays at 8:00pm.

To listen as a podcast – Click below:

Mornings with Radio Maria with Guest – Kate Macpherson
Monday, September 20th at 9am – Mornings with Radio Maria with Guest -Kate Macpherson, Secretary of The John Bradburne Memorial Society.  This will be availabe as a podcast after the broadcast.


Centenary Celebration for John Bradburne

Saturday, 25 September at 2pm – The Centenary celebration will be an event filled with music, song, poetry and prayers to celebrate John Bradburne’s extraordinary life. The programme will comprise of a selection of John’s poems set to music specially composed by Fredrick Stocken, Gareth Treseder, Father Dominic White, Kim Porter, Philip Berthoud and many more.  Their compositions will have their world premiere at the event and will be performed at The Holy Name by The Bury Choral Society, The Zimbabwean Community Choir England & Wales, The Didsbury String Quartet, The Gurkha Band and much more.  There will be poetry read by Professor David Crystal, Maria Apichelle and David Tibet and a homily given by the Bishop of Lancaster, The Right Reverend Paul Swarbrick and prayers by the Bishop of Salford, The Right Reverend John Arnold.  To find out more information about the event – please visit:

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