Main content

David Almond - Skellig

David Almond talks about his novel, Skellig, which is loved by children and adults alike. James Naughtie presents.

David Almond talks about his prize winning novel, Skellig, which is loved by children and adults alike.

Skellig is the story of what happens when a Newcastle boy finds a strange man living in the garage of his new home.

Michael sets out to help the ill Skellig recover. With him is his new unconventional friend Mina, who David Almond says is the star of the book. She introduces Michael to the worlds of nature and evolution, and to William Blake's poetry, his drawings of angels, his views on education. David says that when Mina walked into the book she brought Blake with her.

David Almond's story centres on the imaginations of children - is Skellig an Angel, or perhaps a man evolving into a bird? In the programme, David refuses to confirm either, saying that to him, Skellig is as much of a mystery as he is to the reader.

Recorded at the Lit and Phil Library in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. James Naughtie presents.

December's Bookclub choice : The Boy with the Top Knot by Sathnam Sanghera.

Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

Available now

28 minutes

Clip

Broadcasts

Bookclub at 20

Bookclub at 20

Sebastian Faulks, Naomi Alderman and more select favourite editions of the programme

Quiz – The Handmaid's Tale

Quiz – The Handmaid's Tale

Twenty questions to test your knowledge of Margaret Atwood's famous novel.

Explore James Naughtie's picks from 200 editions

Explore James Naughtie's picks from 200 editions

A treasure trove of the 20th and 21st Century’s great writers discussing their work

Sample our books and authors Clip Collection

Sample our books and authors Clip Collection

Interviews, previews and reviews

Books website

Books website

Get closer to books with in-depth articles, quizzes and our picks from radio & TV.

Short stories to keep

Short stories to keep

The fiction podcast featuring the best stories from the UK's finest writers

Podcast