Sharing things

2.4 Peter and Christine - out now

In this episode, guests Peter Mathieson and Christine De Luca talk about early memories and unexpected generosity. Christine also treats us to a poem in English and Shetlandic.

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Peter's grandson's identity band, Christine's wooden sewing box and accessories.
Peter's grandson's identity band and Christine's sewing box.

Peter Mathieson

Chosen object: grandson's identity band

Peter joined the University of Edinburgh as Principal and Vice-Chancellor in February 2018, having led the University of Hong Kong for several years.

Educated at a state grammar school in Penzance, Peter was the first in his family to go to university. He studied medicine at the London Hospital Medical College before gaining a PhD from the University of Cambridge. After moving to Bristol in 1995, he held several positions at the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust over the years, culminating in his appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry in 2008.

While he made history becoming the youngest elected president of the Renal Association in 2007, some of his fondest achievements include being voted ‘Teacher of the Year’ and ‘Top Teacher’ by Cambridge medical students and foundation doctors in Bristol respectively.

Peter's staff profile

Peter, Christine and Amalie at the recording studio table.
Peter, Christine and Amalie demonstrating good colour coordination at the recording.

Christine De Luca

Chosen object: sewing box

Christine is a Scottish poet and novelist from Shetland. She has lived in Edinburgh since the 1960s and served as the city’s Makar (poet laureate) between 2014 and 2017.

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh in 1969 with an MA in Geography, Christine entered the teaching profession before returning to undertake an MEd in Educational Research. She later worked at the Scottish Examination Board, specialising in assessment research and development.

Since retiring, Christine has been able to devote more time to writing poetry, both in English and Shetland dialect (a blend of Old Scots with much Norse influence). Her first collection, ‘Voes & Sounds’, won the Shetland Literary Prize in 1996 and several of her poems have been selected for the Scottish Poetry Library’s Best Scottish Poems over the years. Her poems have been translated into several languages and her debut novel, ‘And then forever’, was published in 2011.

Christine's website

Christine's alumni profile

Christine's page at the Poetry Archive


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Host: Amalie Sortland

Theme music: Nathan Webb

Audio recording: Scott Willis

Christine headshotDawn Marie Jones


All episodes of season two of Sharing things were recorded before 23 March 2020 (COVID-19 lockdown in the UK).