Michael Berkeley is joined by children's author Shirley Hughes on her 90th birthday. Her musical selections include Scriabin, Mozart, Beethoven and The Beatles.
On her 90th birthday, Shirley Hughes, the creator of many of our best-loved and most enduring children's books, talks to Michael Berkeley about her musical passions.
In a career spanning nearly seventy years Shirley has written as many books and has illustrated nearly two hundred. She was the first winner of the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award, has twice won the Kate Greenaway Medal, and was recently awarded a CBE for services to literature.
Her picture books have an enduring appeal with their sympathetic but unsentimental depiction of the small dramas and joys of family life. One of her most loved, Dogger, the tale of a beloved toy dog lost and found, has its 40th anniversary this year. The winner of numerous awards, she recently received a CBE for services to literature.
Shirley chooses music by Scriabin, Mozart, Beethoven and the Beatles - who remind her of her roots in Liverpool and share her love of storytelling.
Producer: Jane Greenwood
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.