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Kidlit radio #26

Posted on | July 28, 2012 | 3 Comments

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

Sunday 29 July

  • 09:00 – 10:00 and 16:30-17:30 Radio 4 Extra Roald Dahl – Matilda
    2/2 The pint-size genius with awesome powers battles to save her school and teacher.

  • 15:00 Radio 4 Classic Serial – The Chrysalids
    1/2. John Wyndham’s post-apocalyptic science fiction classic dramatised by Jane Rogers.

  • 17:30 – 18:00 Radio 4 Extra Spike Milligan – I Like Spike: Poems, Stories and the War Books
    2/2 Roy Hudd presents more of Spike Milligan’s writing – aided by the great man himself.


  • Tuesday 31 July

  • 11:15 – 12:00 Radio 4 Extra Mary Norton – The Borrowers
    1/2 Tiny Arrietty Clock and her family’s cosy life under the floorboards faces new challenges.


  • Wednesday 1 August

  • 11:15 – 12:00 Radio 4 Extra Mary Norton – The Borrowers
    2/2 Tiny Arrietty Clock escapes the ratcatcher – but how will she survive in her new world?

  • 18:30 Radio 4 My Teenage Diary – Julia Donaldson
    6/6. Julia Donaldson reads from her diaries, recalling her teenage obsession with Mick Jagger.


  • Friday 3 August

  • 11:00 Radio 4 Tolkien in Love
    Novelist Helen Cross uncovers the story of the young JRR Tolkien and his forbidden love.

  • 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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    3 Responses to “Kidlit radio #26”

    1. choxbox
      August 4th, 2012 @ 10:22 am

      We listened to Matilda today via your link. Thanks Zoe!

    2. Zoe
      August 4th, 2012 @ 10:33 am

      Great to hear Choxbox. I have to admit, i dont think it’s the best adaptation I’ve ever heard, but what did you think?
      Zoe recently posted..Kidlit radio #27

    3. choxbox
      August 4th, 2012 @ 4:15 pm

      It has been changed and pared and rephrased quite a lot yes. Also I found the music too loud at times and it drowned the narrative.

      But it got the 7-year old back to the Dahl section of the bookshelves, and she enjoyed it more thanks to the recent trip to the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden (have you been there yet? Its a great place for a Dahl fan) Even said she wished he was alive, she’d have loved meeting him.

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