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every afternoon this fortnight (monday 24th to friday 28th and monday 2nd to friday 6th), 12.04-12.18pm (repeated 10.45pm), on bbc radio 4 

apeirogon (by colum mccann) (read by stanley townsend) (10 episodes)

“In Apeirogon – named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides – Colum McCann creates an epic novel inspired by the real experiences of Palestinian Bassam Aramin and Israeli Rami Elhanan who, after each losing a child, came together to promote peace.

1. Bassam begins his morning walking to the mosque. Rami rides his motorbike to the monastery.


OB: Apeirogon

yesterday afternoon (sunday 23rd), 4.02-4.15pm (repeated thursday 3.32pm), on bbc radio 4 

open book (presented by mariella frostrup) leads with …

“• Colum McCann tells Mariella about Apeirogon, his suitably multi-sided book about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, inspired by two fathers who have both lost their daughters. A soaring mixture of reportage, mythology, poetry and ornithology, among many other things, McCann makes the case for it as a “novel” with a universal message.“


LW: Judith Kerr

this afternoon (friday 24th), 4.10-4.17pm (repeated 8.40pm sunday), on bbc radio 4 

judith kerr obe, b. 14.6.1923, d. 22.5.2019 (part of last word, obituary programme, presented by matthew bannister

Judith Kerr, the author of much-loved children’s books including the Mog series and The Tiger Who Came to Tea.”

including interview with …

julia eccleshare, director, hay children’s festival


FR/OP: Judith Kerr dies

yesterday evening (thursday 23rd), 7.36-7.43pm, on bbc radio 4, and this morning (friday 24th), 6.20-6.21am and 9.05-9.12am, on bbc radio guernsey 

profile (presented by john wilson) and oscar pearson (co-presented by isla blatchford) include …

The Tiger Who Came To Tea author Judith Kerr has died at the age of 95.”

including interviews with …

judith kerr

• author michael rosen

• librarian rachel white


Newsnight: Judith Kerr dies

yesterday evening (thursday 23rd), 11.11-11.12pm, on bbc 2 tv

newsnight (presented by kirsty wark) concludes with …

“Today we heard the news that the children’s writer Judith Kerr has sadly passed away aged 95. She fled Nazi Germany as a child, an experience she later  immortalised in When Hitler stole Pink Rabbit. But she was probably nest known for writing the Mogg series and above all the classic picture book The Tiger Who Came To Tea.”


Newshour: Judith Kerr dies

today (thursday 23rd), 2.56-2.59pm, and 9.43-9.49pm, on bbc world service radio

newshour (presented by razia iqbal and paul henley) include …

“The children’s author Judith Kerr who published more than 30 books over a career that lasted 50 years has died at the age of 95. It is rare to come across a writer beloved by all who read her let alone all who meet her. Among her best-known books was The Tiger Who Came To Tea – I knew it by heart, I’d read it so often to my children.”

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter razia iqbal 

• bbc presenter harriett gilbert 


PM/6ocn: Judith Kerr dies

this afternoon (thursday 23rd), 5.53-5.58pm, and 6.16-6.19pm, on bbc radio 4

pm, and six o’clock news, include …

“The author and illustrator Judith Kerr, whose most famous work The Tiger Who Came To Tea has been enjoyed by generations of children, has died at the age of 95.” 

including contributions from …

• bbc reporter julian worricker

• bbc reporter paddy oconnell 

• author philip pullman 

• author matt haig 

• bbc presenter emily maitlis

• author frank cottrell-boyce

• bbc reporter david sillito 

• author michael rosen

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What makes a Jewish book?

this afternoon (thursday 14th), 3.30-3.41pm, on bbc radio 4 (repeated from 4.02pm on sunday)

open book (presented by mariella frostrup) leads with …

“As Jewish Book Week comes to an end, novelists Charlotte Mendelson and Nathan Englander reflect on what makes a Jewish book, and whether the experience of being a Jewish writer differs between the US and UK.”

including interview wih … 

• british novelist charlotte mendelson

• american novelist nathan englander


HARDtalk: Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

yesterday morning (wednesday 13th), 4.30-4.55am (repeated 9.30am and 3.30pm), on bbc world news tv (forced off bbc news tv by brexit) (and repeated from 3.06pm yesterday on bbc world service radio)

ayelet gundar-goshen – israeli author (interviewed by stephen sackur) (in the hardtalk series)

Stephen Sackur speaks to Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, a prize-winning Israeli novelist who brings a trained psychologist’s eye to compelling stories set in her home country. Hers is a world of moral ambiguity where truth, memory, right and wrong aren’t necessarily what they seem. Does her work tell us something important about the Israeli psyche?”


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