Allan Ahlberg, a former teacher, postman, plumber’s mate and grave digger, is in the super-league of children’s writers. He has published over 100 children’s books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award-winning picture books as Each Peach Pear Plum and The Jolly Christmas Postman – both winners of the Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction for older readers. The Telegraph described him as ‘By far our best writer for the young.’
On 106.9 SFM every Saturday morning at around 08:50pm – Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time – poetry on the radio.
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. His most famous works are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
Every Saturday morning on the 106.9 SFM Saturday breakfast show Tranquil Time is broadcast at around 07:50 featuring poems from various poets. Today’s poem is by Robert Louis Stevenson and read by Gill Fraser Lee who tweets from @AHappyflower.
Every Saturday on 106.9 SFM – Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time – a moment in time to slow everything down; ponder and relax. The poems are read by Gill Fraser Lee. Octavio Paz was a Mexican poet-diplomat and writer. For his body of work, he was awarded the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature.
The 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow opened in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park on 23rd July 2014.
Glaswegians can be difficult to understand, at the best of times, and are often wary of strangers with strange voices (mainly English speakers).
So – to help the weary English traveller survive their encounters with my Scottish countrymen, Jason thought it would be useful to teach his English neighbours how to sound Scottish and avoid being given wonky information or dodgy directions.
Voice actor Jay Britton was drafted in to see if he could get our very own Kyra Cross tawlkin scowtish
Every Saturday on 106.9 SFM – Jason McCrossan presents Tranquil Time – a moment in time to slow everything down; ponder and relax. The poems are read by Gill Fraser Lee
Katherine Mansfield has been described as courageous, contradictory, self-willed, single-minded, argumentative, elusive, in both her life and her work, and always defied the attempts of posterity to pin down the qualities that fascinated her contemporaries.
Bertrand Russell admired her brain and would have liked to seduce her; Virginia Woolf said she ‘stank like a civet cat that has taken to street walking’ but admitted that she loved her ‘I suppose in my own way’, and that Katherine was the only writer whose writing she was jealous of.
I’ve always been a fan of Mr Brandreth. Well, ok, in the 1990s I thought of him as a bit of a buffoon – but then, didn’t everyone? However, he has redeem himself in spades through his brilliant novels and wonderful contributions to Just A Minute.
So, I was very happy when he agreed to chat with me – even it it was for 15 minutes. If you like Gyles, just know that he is performing up and down the country on his one man show “In Search for Happiness” – and I can only imagine it is nothing short of fabulous…just like Gyles.
On Saturday Breakfast on 15th February I will be giving away a pair of tickets to his show taking place the same evening. Listen to http://www.sfmradio.com to win.