World’s Best Radio Programmes: A Gold Medal for Francisco, dedicated to Chelsea Manning

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The Manning Truthfest held last January in Pembrokeshire, home county of Chelsea Manning’s Welsh-Irish family, was the brainchild of Donal O’Kelly who is pictured above making a presentation to Chelsea’s uncle Kevin at the event. Truthfest helped build strong links between the family and Chelsea’s supporters in Ireland and Wales.

Donal’s play Francisco has just won the Gold Medal for Best Drama Special in the 2014 New York Festival of World’s Best Radio Programs, to follow the Prix Europa for Best Radio Drama Serial it won in Berlin and the creative team of Francisco has dedicated the gold medal to Chelsea Manning.

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The team issued the following statement:

In our drama, Francisco, a soldier of 16th century Spanish imperialism, comes to value truth above blind obedience. The creative team of Francisco dedicate the Gold Medal for Best Drama Special in the New York Festival of World’s Best Radio Programs…

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