The coming week’s bookish radio delights to listen out for include:
Sunday 3 June
1/4. Wartime evacuee Rusty returns to Britain and meets a mother she doesn’t recognise.
An adaptation of the book by Pamela Brown.
4/4. Is it the final curtain for the children of the Blue Doors Theatre Company?
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
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
‘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.
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.