The coming week’s bookish radio delights to listen out for include:
“The ever-popular children’s writer and illustrator Shirley Hughes recently published a magazine article recalling the dances she attended as a teenager growing up in wartime West Kirby. Readers responded with their own memories of similar dances in other parts of the country. Amongst them was the writer and journalist, Philip Purser. But he didn’t just remember similar dances: he remembered exactly the same ones.
Now, over seventy years after Shirley and Philip danced the foxtrot and joined in a Paul Jones or an Excuse-Me dance together, they are reunited for the very first time, not only in recalling these Saturday night dances but with the promise of taking to the dance-floor one last time.”
For me the most interesting children’s literature related conversation this week was around this news – David Cameron (the British PM) visiting a London school and telling parents they ought to be reading nightly to their children. Sounds good, but against a backdrop of library cuts and increasing reliance on private sponsorship and volunteers to get books into schools, this isn’t actually such a good news story. @mefinx responded with this article, and Michael Rosen also wrote a great riposte.
There were also two fun videos doing the rounds in cyberspace. If you missed them, here they are:
Thanks to Alex at Bookshelf for bringing this one to my attention.
And then, if you ever wondered what happens in a bookshop after dark…