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Archives for August 2009
Frank Cottrell Boyce is an award-winning children's author and a listener. He emailed us to say:
"I've been campaigning against the current epidemic of school library closures. It's not been easy to get publicity for this urgent and serious issue and I was therefore surprised to find the story about writers refusing to be checked by the Criminal Records Bureau featuring on PM. Is it the prurient whiff of paedophilia? It has had that classic journalistic effect - hanging the government for something vaguely irritating, while allowing them to walk away whistling, from something absolutely scandalous."
We asked Frank to make his case on the radio, but we didn't arrange an interview, instead we asked him to write a play about libraries. The result, a story about an encounter on a mobile library, can be heard in the player below. Voices are provided by Prunella Scales and Lizzy Watts
There may be more drama on Saturday too; we've invited schools minister Ed Balls to write a story in response.
This week, like every week on iPM, the stories begin with you, the listeners.
Philip emailed us with concerns that young people, under the age of 18, might be able to purchase knives online.
Anita, sent us a line of news that caught our eye: "I sold the diamond ring my father gave to my mother to celebrate my birth, 37 years ago, for £70." Jennifer Tracey went to the jewellers in Crawley which bought the ring and spoke to Anita
If you'd like a second chance to hear some of the interviews with iPM listeners featured on this week's programme click on the players below:
Listener Jen Johnson worried about the disappearance of her son after he was discharged from hospital:
Listener Heather Howells wants Cheryl Gillan MP to hold a public meeting about MP's expenses:
Listener and former police officer Mike spoke out against compensation culture:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr.Cliff Michelmore..