iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Episode 1

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

More episodes

See all episodes from Book of the Week

Episode 1

Book of the Week, Strands Episode 1 of 5

15 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 04 June 2012

A year of discoveries on the beach. Jean Sprackland meditates on objects revealed by the shape-shifting sands, or washed up on the wild beaches between Blackpool and Liverpool.

Recorded on location on Ainsdale Sands, 'Strands' is a book about what is lost and buried, then re-discovered; about all the things you find on a beach, dead or alive, natural or man-made; about mutability and transformation - about sea-change.

In today's episode, Jean contemplates the miraculous re-appearance of the Star of Hope, wrecked on Mad Wharf in 1883, but suddenly raised up from the depths one day - an entire wreck, black and barnacled, taking the air for a while before sinking back under the sand.

Read by Jean Sprackland

Abridged by Miranda Davies

Produced by Emma Harding

About the author: Jean Sprackland is the author of three books of poetry and a collection of short stories. Her most recent poetry collection, Tilt (Cape, 2007), won the Costa Poetry Award. Hard Water (Cape, 2003) was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation, and was shortlisted for both the T S Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Award for Poetry. She was chosen as one of the Next Generation Poets in 2004.

  • Jean and the tips of the masts of the Star of Hope

    Jean and the tips of the masts of the Star of Hope

  • Music Details

    Britten: Four Sea Interludes Op. 33a (from Peter Grimes)
    from the album, Britten: Spring Symphony; Four Sea Interludes
    London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by André Previn
    Label: EMI Classics

    Debussy: La Mer
    from the album Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
    Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Daniel Barenboim
    Label: Decca

    Vaughan Williams: Three Shakespeare Songs: Full Fathom Five
    from the album, Ralph Vaughan Williams: a cappella choral works
    Performed by Laudibus, Mike Brewer
    Label: Delphian Records

    Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No 2, Waltz II
    from the album, Shostakovich: The Jazz Album
    Performed by Riccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Ronald Brautigam and Peter Masseurs
    Label: Decca

    Howard Goodall: The Seasons
    Performed by Howard Goodall/Bozidar Vukotic/The Tippett Quartet/Marianna Szymanowska
    Label: EMI Classics


More from Books at the BBC

Books at BBC logo

Author interviews, readings, documentaries and highlights from the BBC's books content

Sample our books and authors Clip Collection

Clips of Books Content

Interviews, previews and reviews

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss