Susan-Jane Arevalo, who appears on our radio writers page as Susan-Jane Harrison,
has a play "The Quetzal" being broadcast on Shoestring Radio, USA. Click on the link
below and then on "Listen Now" under Shoestring Radio Theatre. Part 1 is available from 22-29 December 2007; part 2 is online from Saturday to Saturday
a week later.
Alison Plowden died in July 2007. I knew very little about her work, though was aware of her excellent adaptation of "Other Paths to Glory" by Anthony
Price, and her dramatisation of a police mystery by Catherine Aird.
Barry Pike and Roger Bickerton have compiled a page about her radio work, and this is now on-line. See the
More interesting reviews of recent BBC Radio by a BBC fan in New York:
Larry Slade: see his website for comments on:
Solo behind the Iron Curtain by Tracy Spottiswoode
The woman from the north, by Bernard MacLaverty
Forty-Three Fifty-Nine by Mike Walker and John Dryden
SIR GAWAINE AND THE GREEN KNIGHT
New article by Gil Swain on the production by Raymond Raikes, broadcast in 1972. Biographical details on
nearly all of the cast, including Deryck Guyler, Robin Browne, David Gooderson and Norman Shelley. Let us know
what you think.
Greg Linden has compiled an interesting page about the writer Jane Poncia, who has four BBC radio plays
to her credit. She lives in Boston, Ma, USA, but comes originally from Wales. See the Writers page.
RADIO PLAYS - THE ACTORS
Gil Swain has recently suggested that a section of the website be devoted to "the cast" - the actors
who make radio drama possible. Gil's preliminary page is on-line. I'm very grateful when people take the
initiative like this. It's what the site was set up for.
Clive Lever informs me that a series of Les Barker material was broadcast on radio 2 in the early to mid
90s, called "Mrs. Ackroyd explores her roots". Does anyone have a recording? Perhaps BBC7 would re-broadcast
it if we could find a copy. There were six 30-minute programmes, broadcast once a week, just before Christmas.
WIRELESS THEATRE COMPANY
Some of you may already have visted this site; it's on our links page.
I've just heard from Mariele Temple that more drama downloads are available. They've had 18,000 hits since
May, which is very pleasing. Amongst their new downloads are:
Comedy from sketch group IN THE MEANTIME
A two-hander called THE WOMAN INSIDE
They have also recorded NO CAUSE FOR ALARM, a comedy by Gareth Rubin, which will soon be online, and are
presently recording DREAM ME A WRITER by Simon Farquhar, whose first radio play, CANDY FLOSS KISSES has been heard
on radio 4 (and repeated in March this year). These downloads are free. Please pay them a visit.....7 Aug 07
RADIO PLAYS LISTED BY YEAR
I am grateful to Bob Thirsk who is assembling lists of radio plays by year. These can be found by clicking on
RADIO PLAYS followed by PLAYS BY YEAR followed by BOB THIRSK'S LISTS. ....4 Aug 07
I am very sad to report the death of Rodney Wingfield; radio playwright and crime writer, whom I
had known since 1994.
instrumental in setting up this website, giving valuable help (and contacts) at a stage when I was tempted to give up.
This is not the place for an obituary (there are plenty of these already on the net), but my sense of loss is a measure
of the man.
He was a hugely talented radio writer and crime novelist, and a warm-hearted man of great integrity.
'You that would judge me, do not judge alone
This book or that...
Think where man's glory most begins and ends,
And say my glory was I had such friends.'
N.D. 2 Aug 07
JEREMY STEVENSON ARCHIVE
Jeremy has begun to expand his website; it's at an early stage, but his collection of recordings is not; he's been
recording drama, comedy and Gilbert & Sullivan (live and broadcast) since 1958. His site is well worth a visit, and if
you have rare recordings, particularly G&S, Jeremy would like to hear from you. To repeat what I said a few months ago:
the Jeremy Stevenson Archive is probably the best private archive of off-air BBC recordings (comedy, drama and G&S) in
the UK. ...26 Jul 07
IMISON AND TINNISWOOD AWARDS
Jo Hodder of the Society of Authors has supplied shortlists for the Imison and Tinniswood drama awards -
for plays broadcast during 2006.
Details on those pages. ....18 Jul 07
I am sorry to report the death of T.C.Hudson, aged 97. He was the author of "Murder Remembered", which some
of you will know, broadcast in 1970. Only last month he lent me (via a friend) a recording of the play
which I've cleaned up and archived. ....17 Jul 07
RECENTLY FOUND RADIO PLAYS
Many thanks to "Rocco Siefert" (is this your real name?) who has sent me some excellent vintage plays.
I do not know who you are ... cannot trace your email address. Please let me know.
MIKE HARRIS - RADIO DRAMA
An interesting piece by Mike Harris, one of our best-known authors, entitled Writing for Radio, is now on our Radio Plays page, reproduced by
permission of Edinburgh University Press. This is taken
from The Handbook of Creative Writing edited by Steven Earnshaw, published April 2007 at £18.99. The EUP website is at
Another Mike Harris article will appear shortly. .........Thanks Mike - and thanks EUP.- ......ND.
One other thing - the ARTICLES page is getting
rather full and is being reorganised. Comments welcome.