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Paul Farley's 'The Water Babies'

Date: 27 March 2013

Follow the link below to listen to Paul Farley's playful updating of Charles Kingsley's 150 year old children's novel, The Water Babies

Young Tomi is part of the UK's illegal labour market, having been trafficked into the country from Nigeria as a child labourer, but his life is changed forever when he meets a girl from the other side of the tracks, runs away and falls into a river.

When he wakes up, he's been transformed - he's amphibious! And so begins a series of strange and exciting underwater adventures in which he meets caddis flies, trout, otters and eels. But Tomi learns that with his new freedom comes choice and responsibility.

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