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Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sun 20 Mar 2005

Writer, Illustrator

Sue Lawley's castaway this week is the writer and illustrator Raymond Briggs. For millions of children, Christmas would be incomplete without Briggs's story The Snowman, which has been shown on television every year since its first release, in 1982, and his enduringly popular Father Christmas.

Raymond was born in 1934 in Wimbledon. His mother, Ethel, was a lady's maid and his father, Ernest, a milkman. He wanted to draw cartoon strips from an early age but, at art school, found his tutors looked down on his aspirations. After leaving, he quickly secured work as a commercial artist, doing illustrations for advertisements, journals and books. He said he was so appalled at the standard of the children's books he was asked to illustrate he thought he could do better himself. And he did - his first attempt was immediately accepted for publication and he went on to twice win the Kate Greenaway Medal - the principal award for illustration.

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

Choices

Cristóbal de Morales

8.

Castaway's favourite

Cristóbal de Morales

Parce Mihi Domine (from Officium Defunctorum)

Soloist: Jan Garbarek Orchestra: The Hilliard Ensemble

Others who chose this artist

Book

Complete Works of Beachcomber by J B Morton

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

A full-size billiard table with Radio 4 built into each of the legs

Others who chose a similar luxury

Broadcast

First broadcast: Sat 04 Jun 1983

Illustrator

Raymond Briggs began his career as an illustrator after studying art at the Slade School. He first achieved fame through his picture books for children, Father Christmas and Fungus the Bogeyman, but has since moved into the adult world with When the Wind Blows, in which an elderly couple struggle to survive a nuclear attack.

As he told Roy Plomley when they met to choose his eight records, he has now turned this most recent picture book into a stage play.

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

Choices

Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings

5.

Castaway's favourite

Albert Ammons & His Rhythm Kings

The Boogie Rocks

Others who chose this artist

John Handy Quintet

6.

John Handy Quintet

Dancy Dancy

Book

The complete works by Beachcomber

Others who chose this author

Luxury item

Billiard table with snooker balls and cue

Others who chose a similar luxury

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