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From Alice to Lyra - Philip Pullman on why Oxford is the home of children's literature

A special edition from Oxford, exploring why the city is often called the home of children's literature. With Philip Pullman, Katherine Rundell and publisher David Fickling.

In a special edition of the programme and to celebrate Children's Book Week, Mariella Frostrup travels to Oxford to explore the city's rich history of producing giants of children's literature, from CS Lewis and Lewis Carroll to Philip Pullman.

Mariella Frostrup also visits Oxford's recently refurbished Story Museum where she is joined by pupils from the William Fletcher Primary School to walk around a new exhibition - 26 Characters - which sees many of Britain's best loved storytellers transformed into the characters they most loved as children. Meanwhile, authors Philip Pullman, Katherine Rundell, and publisher David Fickling discuss the current state of writing for children and ponder if there's something magic in the Oxford water.

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30 minutes

BOOKLIST

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis
Horrible Histories
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
Lyra's Oxford by Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

 

 

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Philip Pullman
Interviewed Guest Katherine Rundell
Interviewed Guest David Fickling
Producer Craig Smith

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