Kidlit radio #14

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


Sunday 29 April

  • 09:00–09:30 and 16:00-16:30 Radio 4 Extra LM Montgomery – Anne of Green Gables
    5/5. Anne goes away to college – but her heart is still in Avonlea. With Barbara Barnes.

  • 09:30–10:00 and 16:30-17:00 Radio 4 Extra Philippa Pearce – Tom’s Midnight Garden
    3/4. Hatty reveals the secret of the clock – but what does it mean? With Una Stubbs.


  • Monday 30 April

  • 16:00–17:00 Radio 4 Extra The 4 O’Clock Show
    Mel introduces Chapter 1 of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

  • 22:45 Radio 3 The Essay: How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear
    1/5. Writer and academic Sara Lodge considers Edward Lear as a tragicomic writer.


  • Tuesday 1 May

  • 16:00–17:00 Radio 4 Extra The 4 O’Clock Show
    We continue listening to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

  • 22:45 Radio 3 The Essay: How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear
    2/5. Writer Matthew Bevis explores the historical development of Edward Lear’s nonsense poetry.


  • Wednesday 2 May

  • 22:45 Radio 3 The Essay: How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear
    3/5. Poet and academic Robert Crawford explores Edward Lear’s literary legacy.


  • Thursday 3 May

  • 11:30 Radio 4 Move Over Wodehouse
    Mukti Jain Campion reports on the changing reading habits of India’s growing middle class.

  • 22:45 Radio 3 The Essay: How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear
    4/5. Art historian Professor Caroline Arscott considers Edward Lear’s work as an artist.


  • Friday 4 May

  • 11:00–11:15 Radio 4 Extra Anthony Horowitz – Blackfriars Bridge
    A cuckolded husband intends to murder his rival. What could go wrong with his plan? Not a children’s story – but included in this round up for those who are interested in hearing how Horowitz writes for adults.

  • 22:45 Radio 3 The Essay: How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear
    5/5. Artist Ralph Steadman casts a cartoonist’s eye over poet Edward Lear’s work.


  • You might also want to take a look at a documentary which was on ITV last week – Perspectives – David Walliams – The Genius of Dahl, in which David Walliams explores the storytelling of Roald Dahl, with contributions from Quentin Blake, Joanna Lumley and others. Unfortunately I don’t think you’ll be able to view this video if you’re outside the UK.

    3 Responses

    1. Lee-Ann

      I’d love to find something like this in Canada! I think my daughter and I would have fun listening. Maybe my library at least has Anne of Green Gables audio books.

    2. Ms. Yingling

      Oh! I used to love radio programs but find very few here in the US. Don’t know if I’ll have time to listen, but Tom’s Midnight Garden is very tempting!

      As for the dog question:
      A poll by the University of Bristol,(http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2010/6826.html) found “In 2007, a telephone survey of households randomly selected from the electoral roll revealed that cats and dogs were owned by 26 per cent and 31 per cent of households, respectively.” I would have thought that there were more across the pond. If nothing else, I think the British are somehow more fond of their dogs!
      Ms. Yingling recently posted..Middle Grade Monday–Be Kind to Animals

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