Produced by Alan Hall
Broadcast 2nd August 2008, BBC Radio 4
Repeated 25th December 2008
Poet and singer Leonard Cohen met Marianne Ihlen, the beautiful wife of a Norwegian novelist,
on the Greek island of Hydra in 1960. Marianne became Leonard's muse when he turned from poetry to song-writing and their romance and eventual
separation is immortalised in one of Cohen's earliest and best known
songs, So Long, Marianne.
Using an interview with Leonard Cohen recorded by Kari Hesthamar for Norwegian Radio and a new interview with Marianne in which she speaks for the first time in English
about their relationship.
In 2009 Leonard and Marianne won the Sony Bronze Award in the features category.