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Read On #93 - The Armistice in Literature

11/9/2018
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This week were commemorating the centenary of the Armistice that brought an end to the First World War. Blind author Gordon Anthony describes dog-fights over the desert in his Great War story ‘Hunting Icarus’. As Blind Veterans UK unveils a unique monument to commemorate The Armistice, and we reflect upon our shared history. Writer Lisa Andrews tells us about working with 26characters and the Imperial War Museums to bring First World War stories back to life. And Robert Kirkwood explores the...

Duration:00:57:45

Author Interview - Gordon Anthony

11/9/2018
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Gordon Anthony is the author of several historical novels including ‘Hunting Icarus’. It’s a gripping tale and there’s also a story behind the Talking Book version. Red Szell talks to Gordon and Robert Kirkwood chats to his sister Moira. Clipped from Read On #93

Duration:00:16:06

Blind Veterans UK - Rob Baker

11/9/2018
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Of the thousands of men wounded in action during the First World War many were blinded. In 1915 the Charity St Dunstans was established to help with their rehabilitation. Now known as Blind Veterans UK, the charity has always had close ties with RNIB - not least in the creation of Talking Books. To commemorate the centenary of the Armistice, Blind Veterans UK, is unveiling a special project. Their Information and Archives Executive, Rob Baker came to the studio to tell us more. Clipped from...

Duration:00:13:40

100 days, 100 lives - Lisa Andrews

11/9/2018
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Each day over the 100 days from 5 August until 12 November, one 100-word piece of prose based on the life of a real individual will be published as part of the 100 Days project, covering the centenary of the hundred days offensive. Each piece of prose is called a centena, a literary form specially created for the project by the writers’ collective 26 Characters Ltd, whose members have produced the works. Each runs to exactly 100 words with the opening and closing three words repeated. Author...

Duration:00:08:00

Narrator Interview - Joan Walker

11/9/2018
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It’s not just books that are recorded at the RNIB Talking Books studios, but also a wide range of magazines. Narrator Joan Walker will be familiar to many listeners for her brilliant work on both. At a break in recording Red Szell asked her what she’d been reading for us this week. Clipped from Read On #93

Duration:00:08:25

Special Feature - War Girls

11/9/2018
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War Girls is an anthology of poetry and prose written by women in the 1st World War, compiled and read by Ruth Sillers. She spoke to Robert Kirkwood. Clipped from #Read On 93 First played on Talking Books, November 2014

Duration:00:09:16

Read On #92 - Spike Milligan, Julian Clary and Michael Bentine

11/2/2018
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With never before heard clips, Robert Kirkwood explores the recording of Spike Milligan's War Diaries. Hannah Tausz explores Michael Bentine's Book 'Doors of the Mind', and Julian Clary tells us all about 'The Bolds'

Duration:00:57:45

Recording Spike Milligan's War Diaries

11/2/2018
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Great news folks! Some never heard before Spike Milligan! Robert Kirkwood speaks to Robert Nichol about recording the audio versions of Spike's War Diaries and how it was working with Spike himself, while reviewing the books from Volume 1 Adolf Hitler my part in his Downfall to Volume 7, Peace Work. Includes some out-takes never heard in public before.

Duration:00:33:46

Author Interview - Julian Clary

11/2/2018
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As the fourth book in the Bold's series, 'The Bolds in Trouble' is released, Robert Kirkwood spoke to comedian and author Julian Clary about writing and being on his best behaviour whilst visiting schools. Clipped from Read On #92

Duration:00:11:55

Book Review - Michael Bentine

11/2/2018
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Hannah Tausz reads Doors of the Mind by Michael Bentine and discovers his personal exploration of the paranormal. Clipped from Read On #88

Duration:00:07:32

Read On #91 - Kate Helm, David Mitchell, Daisy Johnson and more.

10/26/2018
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There's a Halloween feel to this week's show with, Kate Helm on a courtroom artist who’s haunted by visions. NB Dixon reviews a spooky thriller that ‘s about to hit the big screen. Daisy Johnson reveals her personal affinity with Halloween. And David Mitchell takes us to a creepy, supernatural mansion and reveals that his characters write to him!

Duration:00:57:45

Author Interview - Kate Helm (plus Books of My Life)

10/26/2018
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Kate Helm’s new novel, ‘The Secrets You Hide’ poses a dilemma familiar to many of us who have a degenerative eye condition: ‘can we really trust the evidence of our eyes?’ A crime thriller with a twist, it was tricky not to give too much away when Red Szell spoke to her on the eve of its publication. Clipped from Read On #91

Duration:00:22:18

Book Review - The Little Stranger

10/26/2018
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NB Dixon reviews ‘The Little Stranger’ by Sarah Waters, available in braille, giant print and as TB16895 from RNIB Library. Clipped from Read On #91

Duration:00:07:42

Author Interview - Daisy Johnson on Halloween

10/26/2018
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Daisy Johnson’s debut novel has caused quite a splash this year. ‘Everything Under’ is a dark and haunting tale set on the Oxfordshire waterways. As we’ll hear she likes a good spine-chiller and has a special reason for celebrating Halloween. Clipped from Read On #91

Duration:00:07:45

Author Interview - David Mitchell

10/26/2018
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David Mitchell has created a dark, occult world whose themes and characters connect across seven novels to date - including ‘Cloud Atlas’. His latest, ‘Slade House’ features a supernatural mansion in which people to disappear. First played Novemner 2017

Duration:00:15:40

Read On #90 - RNIB at 150

10/19/2018
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This week we’re celebrating RNIB’s 150th Anniversary in books and voices both past and present.... Robert Kirkwood explores the biography of RNIB’s founding father, Thomas Rhodes Armitage One of RNIB’s longest-serving narrators, Elizabeth Proud, discusses the evolution of the Talking Book. RNIB’s Director of Development, Keith Valentine, talks about the future – and his love of accessible books. And we unwrap a very special gift – a 150-word story written specially for our anniversary by...

Duration:00:57:45

What were we reading 150 years ago?

10/19/2018
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What were we reading 150 years ago as RNIB was forming? Clipped from Read On #90

Duration:00:05:12

Narrator Interview - Elizabeth Proud

10/19/2018
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One of RNIB’s longest-serving narrators, Elizabeth Proud, discusses the evolution of the Talking Book. This is an extended version of the interview heard in Read On #90

Duration:00:23:01

Paulo Peretti - 150 Word Short Story

10/19/2018
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A 150-word story written specially for our anniversary by gifted blind author Paula Peretti. Clipped from Read On #90

Duration:00:02:45

Keith Valentine - Books of My Life and Interview

10/19/2018
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RNIB’s Director of Development, Keith Valentine, talks about the future – and his love of accessible books. Clipped from Read On #90

Duration:00:13:28