Once Upon a Time, in a week not so far away BBC Radio 3's drivetime show, In Tune, celebrated the beauty, the adventure and the imagination of The Grimm's Fairy Tales. In a special series of personal insights and readings, five leading writers - Philip Pullman, John Agard, Sir Terry Pratchett, Carol Ann Duffy and Michael Morpurgo - join presenter Suzy Klein to celebrate the Tales of the Brothers Grimm, published 200 years ago this year, in the ultimate story time.
Each day on In Tune at 5.30pm, the authors will discuss the influence of these beloved tales on their work. Philip Pullman will read an extract from his new version of the Three Snake Leaves, a work which forms part of his own re-imagined book of Tales inspired by the Brothers' Grimm. Michael Morpurgo will read an extract from his own version of Hansel and Gretel. John Agard presents his re-imagined Goldilocks, Sir Terry Pratchett's very modern, but no less beautiful, Sleeping Beauty is explored, and Carol Ann Duffy will discuss the impact of the characters in The Grimm's Tales on the heroes and villains in her work. The authors will be scheduled across the week of 3 September in drivetime show In Tune, 4.30-6.30pm, as follows:
On Monday, Philip Pullman tells In Tune presenter Suzy Klein about his own celebration of the anniversary of The Grimm's Fairy Tales, a new edition of the Tales for 2012. Pullman will give listeners a preview of an extract from one of these new tales called The Three Snake Leaves and will reflect on how The Grimm's Fairy Tales have had an influence on his on-going sequel, the Dark Materials trilogy.
On Tuesday, audiences will hear from playwright and poet John Agard who was shortlisted for the 2012 CLPE Poetry Award for his anthology Goldilocks on CCTV which transforms the romantic German heroines of The Grimm's Tales into adventurers and troublemakers in a contemporary, multi-cultural society.
On Wednesday, Sir Terry Pratchett explains how he has returned to the The Grimm's Tales throughout his career. Characters from Cinderella to Little Red Riding Hood appear in his best-selling Discworld novels, treated with his own irreverent, fantastical humour.
On Thursday, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy tells Suzy Klein about the influences of the Grimm Brothers' tales on her life's work, their heroes and villains appearing in many of her collections, including The World's Wife and Beast and Beauties.
On Friday, Suzy is in conversation with author of War Horse and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo, who depicted Hansel and Gretel in a dark modern tale for children, and has often returned to the Tales for inspiration. His version of the French fairy tale Beauty and the Beast will appear this Autumn.
In an extract from Suzy Klein's interview on BBC Radio 3 for In Tune, Philip Pullman said of The Grimm's Fairy Tales: "They take basic human situations, Wife/Husband, Father/Son, King/Subject, Life/Death, and illustrate them with such simplicity and clarity that they can't help resonating throughout the ages."
Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3 said "Radio is a medium for storytelling, whether through BBC Radio 3's broadcasts of world class classical music, dramas or documentaries, and so it seems fitting that Grimm's Fairy Tales, stories that have inspired millions, are celebrated and brought to life for our listeners on drivetime show In Tune with some of the world's leading authors in conversation."
Notes to Editors
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The interviews will run each day within Radio 3 In Tune, between 5:00 and 6.00pm.
Grimm's Fairy Tales is a collection of German folk tales first published in 1812 by the Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The collection is commonly known today as Grimms' Fairy Tales.
They take basic human situations ... and illustrate them with such simplicity and clarity that they can't help resonating throughout the ages."