Kidlit Radio #19

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


Sunday 3 June

  • 09:00–09:30 and 16:00-16:30 Radio 4 Extra Michelle Magorian – Back Home
    1/4. Wartime evacuee Rusty returns to Britain and meets a mother she doesn’t recognise.

  • 09:30–10:00 and 16:30-17:00 Swish of the Curtain
    An adaptation of the book by Pamela Brown.
    4/4. Is it the final curtain for the children of the Blue Doors Theatre Company?

  • 13:30 Radio 4 Reading between the Lines
    Beyond the Reading Wars
    2/2. Michael Morpurgo on how the contemporary debate about approaches to teaching reading has been informed by past teaching methods.


  • Wednesday 6 June

  • 18:30 Radio 4 So Wrong It’s Right
    Charlie Brooker hosts the comedy panel show devoted to the art of being wrong, with leading comics and entertainers competing to give the best in wrong answers. This week the worst experiences at a party and terrible ideas for a series of children’s books are just two of the challenges faced by the panel. Will anyone beat Isy Suttie’s suggestion for a ‘wrong’ children’s book – the paperwork-themed ‘Morris The Admin Mouse’?

  • Friday 8 June

  • 19:30 Radio 3 Oliver Knussen’s Opera of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are

    ‘Children are the only reasonably sane audience’ -Maurice Sendak.

    The 2012 Aldeburgh Festival opens with a bang as two of the most imaginative children’s books by the late Maurice Sendak are brought to life in an opera double bill from the festival’s artist in residence Oliver Knussen.

    To find out more about Sendak’s operas, here’s an interesting article in the Guardian with some background.


  • 20:35 Radio 3 Oliver Knussen’s Opera of Maurice Sendak’s Higgelty Piggelty Pop!
    2nd Part of Friday night Sendak opera double bill.


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

    4 Responses

    1. choxbox

      Can one get read what was broadcast in these programs anywhere Zoe?

    2. Zoe

      Do you mean a transcript Choxbox? Not normally, I believe. But you should be able to listen to them in India (or anywhere in world) for up to a week after they’ve been broadcast in the UK – online, streamed (sometimes BBC programmes are available to download too)
      Zoe recently posted..Kidlit Radio #19

    3. choxbox

      Yup that is what I meant, and okay thanks. Will try and do it now.

    4. Zoe

      Let me know if it works Choxbox – I know a fellow reader in the States tried it earlier this week – she needed an app for her iPad but it worked fine.
      Zoe recently posted..Kidlit Radio #19

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