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Anita: The Beeb

Isn’t the BBC fantastic? So many wonderful programmes on art and such amazing costume dramas too! I was lucky enough to catch a programme on Tuesday entitled ‘Imagine: Let there be light’ that focused on American artist James Turrell and his wonderful creations that stir the senses using light as his main medium.

I also caught the second part in the BBC4 series ‘Picture Book‘ on Wednesday. This week’s episode spotlighted books for young readers and offered a feast of wonderful illustrations from books such as Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows.

Books were not a huge part of my childhood, in fact I don’t remember a single one until, as a teenager, I read the Adrian Mole Diaries. As someone who now wishes to venture into writing and illustrating a book for children, this series has been a priceless form of research and I am really looking forward to the final part on Wednesday this week.

Picture Book Pt3 – BBC4 – 9pm – 19th November

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  1. E-J #

    Books were a vast part of my childhood (only child … it was inevitable!) and they are already a huge part of my daughter’s. This BBC series has been fascinating, and also quite emotional viewing for me: I came across “The Sad Book” and “Grandpa” last week while at the library with M and was in floods of tears – ever so slightly embarrassing in a public library … Being a parent reminds me now of how powerful these books are. I also find that a trip to the children’s section can prove quite inspirational in terms of the exposure you get to the work of so many different illustrators … some of them are such brilliant visual storytellers … and it is very interesting to see what catches M’s eye and (even more interesting) holds her attention.

    November 18, 2008
  2. Very disappointing that the series can only be viewed online by those living in the UK!

    November 18, 2008
  3. cathy #

    e-j, i can totally relate! and can i just say, the giving tree and the very hungry caterpillar still send me to tears when read aloud, for the 9 millionth time!

    wonderful diary page anita!

    November 18, 2008
  4. oh, cathy! the giving tree does it for me too! every time! unfortunately, we don’t get the bbc here. bummer….

    November 18, 2008
  5. another good sourse for books and all things glorious about writing is a SkyArts Programme we have over here in Britain and Ireland called, the Book Show. you can watch it on-line if you go to – oodles of info about authors, writing etc…. and let’s face it, a great chance to distract ourselves from actually writing!

    November 19, 2008

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