Kidlit Radio #18

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The coming week’s bookish radio delights to listen out for include:


Sunday 27 May

  • 09:00–09:30 and 16:00-16:30 Radio 4 Extra JM Barrie – Peter Pan: Spring Cleaning Time Again
    4/4. Wendy longs for home, but first she and the brothers must be rescued from Captain Hook.

  • 09:30–10:00 and 16:30-17:00 Radio 4 Extra Swish of the Curtain
    An adaptation of the book by Pamela Brown.
    3/4. Mrs Potter-Smith aims to bring the curtain down on the Blue Doors’ latest show.

  • 13:30 Radio 4 Reading between the Lines – Easy as ABC?
    1/2. Michael Morpurgo finds out what Systematic Synthetic Phonics are. A repeat of the programme on Tuesday 22 May.

  • 12:00–13:00 Radio 6 Paperback Writers
    4/4. Writer Charlie Higson shares his musical influences.

  • Monday 28 May

  • 14:30–14:45 Radio 4 Extra Alan Bennett – The Uncommon Reader
    1/5. The Queen discovers a travelling library parked next to the Buckingham Palace kitchens. Not a children’s story, but I’ve heard good things about this.


  • Tuesday 29 May

  • 09:45–10:00 Radio 4 Extra Hearing with Hegley
    2/8. John Hegley entertains an audience with his book of verse. From November 1996.

  • 14:30–14:45 Radio 4 Extra Alan Bennett – The Uncommon Reader
    2/5. The Queen now encounters some memorable plots and characters, but not everyone approves.

  • 16:00 Radio 4 Reading between the Lines – Beyond the Reading Wars
    2/2. Michael Morpurgo how the contemporary debate has been informed by past teaching methods.

    “In this second programme, Michael Morpurgo explores how the contemporary debate has been informed by teaching methods of the recent past- and is, in some ways, a reaction to them.

    He hears from the influential teacher and author, Margaret Meek, now in her eighties, about her belief in letting children learn to read from “real books”, and he challenges Julia Eccleshare, Children’s Books Editor of The Guardian newspaper, on whether this method really worked for her own children.

    He explores why learning to read has traditionally been a weather vane for wider classroom philosophies with the help of fellow children’s author Michael Rosen.

    Finally, he hears from the distinguished Cambridge neuroscientist, Usha Goswami, about how her research on dyslexia might help us understand what goes on in children’s minds when they learn to read – and might even bring an end to the so-called ‘Reading Wars’.”


  • 16:30 Radio 4 A Good Read
    Steve Backshall (whose first novel for kids has just come out) and Geraldine Bedell discuss their favourite books with Harriet Gilbert.
    Steve chooses a Michelle Paver book – tune in to find out which!

  • Wednesday 30 May

  • 14:30–14:45 Radio 4 Extra Alan Bennett – The Uncommon Reader
    3/5. HRH’s reading continues to inspire her, and so Norman arranges a meeting with some authors

  • Thursday 31 May

  • 14:30–14:45 Radio 4 Extra Alan Bennett – The Uncommon Reader
    4/5. The Queen’s love of literature causes trouble for the PM – can no one curb her enthusiasm?

  • All these radio programmes are available to listen to online worldwide, usually for one week after initial broadcast in the UK.

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