Author Marcus Sedgwick looks at what makes a snowflake and the phenomenon of 'diamond dust'.
Of all weathers, snow is the one that has always affected the author Marcus Sedgwick the most. Five years ago, he and his partner bought a mountain house, an old chalet d'alpage high in the Haute Savoie (an alpine department of the eastern France bordering both Switzerland and Italy).
Today he considers the science of snow and what 'makes' a snowflake and the phenomenon of 'diamond dust'. He also remembers the snowy winters of his childhood in Kent and the infamous cold of 1963.
Marcus Sedgwick is best known as a children's author. He is the winner of many prizes, most notably the Michael L. Printz Award 2014, for his novel Midwinterblood. Marcus has also received two Printz Honors, for Revolver in 2011 and The Ghosts of Heaven in 2016. Other notable awards include Floodland, Marcus' first novel, which won the Branford-Boase Award in 2001, a prize for the best debut novel for children.
His books have been shortlisted for over forty other awards, including the Carnegie Medal (six times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (four times). He has twice been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in 2016 and 2017
The reader is Jonathan Firth and the producer is Julian Wilkinson.