Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Radio, someone still loves you!

Swlrir's adventures in Radioland : Wednesday 4th October:

Swlrir went with Hazel Wellings & Pam Buxton from Leigh Library Bookchat group to take part in Eamonn O'Neal & Diane Oxberry's Radio Manchester morning show : which has a book club slot between 11-12 every other Wednesday.

He says:

"It was great!

Being a typical soggy Manchester morning we got wet in both directions, but that was the only downer.

We arrived at Oxford Rd about 10.15, and had time for a coffee before we were "on".

The BBC had supplied us with 3 copies of our book "The Island" by Victoria Hislop, (Ian's wife), which was the most popular of Richard and Judy's Summer Reads.
It's the story of three generations of one family from Crete whose members are afflicted by leprosy and spend much of their lives on Spinalonga : the offshore island which was the Cretan Leper Colony until 1957.

It doesn't sound promising, but it was a deep and gripping read that we all enjoyed very much.

Also taking part in the programme was Jonathan Cole from Borders Bookshop who recommended "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire :a book about the life and times of the Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz : a strange and powerful adult novel which I am reading now.

We had an interesting discussion about folklore, fairytales, and films.

We were all made very welcome and put at our ease, and given enough time to talk about the books at some length.

Eamonn O'Neal & Diane Oxberry were very nice people, keeping the tone light while asking sensible questions to keep the discussion flowing.

Everyone was pleased with our bit and we have been invited back (on the 13th December).

I have a CD of our section of the show, and we sound better than I thought we would.

I'm looking forward to the next one!"

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