A Public of Two”:
radio play
Adaptation from a chapter of
Katherine’s Wish


on March 8, 2022 Yorick Radio Productions presents a Public of Two


in celebration of International Women’s Day


A Public of Two” has been adapted from a chapter of Katherine’s Wish, a novel by Linda Lappin, dealing with the last five years of writer Katherine Mansfield’s life. 

In the summer of 1920, Katherine Mansfield received a frequent visitor to her London home: Virginia Woolf.  Once a week, Woolf took the train from Richmond, disembarking at Hampstead Heath, and walked the rest of the way to Mansfield’s house at 2 Portland Villas. In Mansfield’s studio overlooking the garden, the two women would discuss the craft of writing, while sipping tea prepared down in the kitchen by Ida Baker, Mansfield’s companion. Keen fascination with each other’s work and life and a sharp rivalry united them.  At summer’s end, Mansfield traveled to France seeking a cure for her tuberculosis. Katherine and Virginia would not meet again. Mansfield died in France, outside Paris at the Prieuré of Fontainebleau in January 1923.

Adapted by the author and produced by Rosemary Beech, this radio play features Ellisha O’Donnell in the role of Katherine Mansfield; Rosemary Beech in the role of Virginia Woolf; Alice Gold in the role of Ida Baker; and Jonty O’ Callaghan in the role of John Middleton Murry, Mansfield’s husband.

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Katherine's Wish_Linda Lappin

Linda Lappin has published four novels:
The Etruscan (Wynkin de Worde, 2004);
Katherine’s Wish, dealing with the life of Katherine Mansfield (Wordcraft, 2008),
shortlisted for Foreward Book of the Year
and IPPY gold medal winner in historical fiction;
Signatures in Stone: A Bomarzo Mystery, winner of the Daphne DuMaurier Award
from RWA for the best mystery novel of 2013;
and Loving Modigliani: The Afterlife of Jeanne Hébuterne.
She is also the author of The Soul of Place: Ideas and Exercises for Conjuring the Genius Loci,
winner in 2015 of the gold medal in creativity in the Nautilus Book Awards.
She lives in Rome.

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