Happy Birthday Alan . . .
Our colleague Alan Johnston is 45 today and has now spent 66 days in captivity. As many of you know, it's traditional to write greetings to folks celebrating an anniversary so who better to mark this occassion than a collection of the world's most famous writers. If the names Rankin, McCall Smith, Coehlo, Byatt and Stoppard mean anything to you then Dear Listener, both you, and Alan, are in for a treat on tonight's WHYS. If however, you cannot wait, you'll find our writers' birthday wishes as audio in this post.
Happy Birthday Alan
"Alan I know you can't hear this but maybe you can hear it in your heart, all of us saying to you happy birthday. Stick in there."
"So it's 45 today. Sometimes our birthdays find us in the strangest of places. I know how awfully strange that place can be. Keep the faith. Know you're not alone. Simply believe my friend. And know that even if they take your liberty they can never take your freedom."
If you're marking Alan's birthday in some way then let us know how. Alternatively, if you'd like to know how to get a message to Alan, click here. Be assured, the editors here at the BBC read every message.
Birthday Greetings . . . click to listen . . . Pinter, Safran Foer, Hare, Bryson, Kwesi Johnson and more still to come, click back here to check . . .
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