iPlayer Radio What's New?

Allan Ahlberg

Allan Ahlberg

Broadcast

First broadcast: Fri 14 Nov 2008

Children's writer

Kirsty Young's castaway in Desert Island Discs this week is one of our best-loved children's authors, Allan Ahlberg. He started writing stories for children at his wife Janet's suggestion - she wanted someone to write the words so that she could provide the illustrations. They went on to produce more than three dozen picture books together including The Jolly Postman, Each Peach Pear Plum and Peepo! and their books sold in their millions.

In this moving programme, Allan describes the impact of Janet's diagnosis, how she faced up to the knowledge that she was dying and how, after her death, he worked through his grief by compiling another book - a very personal collection about her life and work.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Choices

Judy Garland

1.

Judy Garland

The Trolley Song

Performer: Judy Garland

Others who chose this artist

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

2.

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

Drake's Drum from Songs of the Sea

Composer: Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

Others who chose this artist

Bob Dylan

3.

Bob Dylan

Ain't Talkin'

Performer: Bob Dylan

Others who chose this artist

Norma Waterson

4.

Norma Waterson

Anna Dixie

Performer: Norma Waterson

Others who chose this artist

Dame Janet Baker

5.

Dame Janet Baker

Come Sing and Dance

Performer: Dame Janet Baker

Others who chose this artist

Ella Fitzgerald

6.

Ella Fitzgerald

I Didn't Know What Time It Was

Performer: Ella Fitzgerald

Others who chose this artist

Leonard Cohen

7.

Castaway's favourite

Leonard Cohen

Closing Time

Performer: Leonard Cohen

Others who chose this artist

Josef Locke

8.

Josef Locke

Goodbye (from the White Horse Inn)

Performer: Josef Locke

Others who chose this artist

Book

Selected Stories by Alice Munro

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A wall to kick a football against

Others who chose a similar luxury

Occupations

Contact us

This site contains archive material. To comment or bring something to our attention, please get in touch.

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.