Live on air – BBC Wiltshire summer reads segment, Week 5

My final guest slot recommending a summer read to listeners of James Thomas’s afternoon show on BBC Wiltshire was delayed by a day due to the Bank Holiday. It was then squeezed into a packed schedule. Thus it was a little shorter than previous segments although I hope I still persuaded some listeners to read the book I was recommending.

This week it was Black Sugar by Miguel Bonnefoy (translated by Emily Boyce), published by Gallic Books. I talked to James about my enjoyment of translated fiction, that it offers new perspectives as written by an author raised in a different country and culture.

I had mentioned before the show that I would be spending September reading entries to the Link Age Southwark 25th anniversary writing competition, and that I had become involved with this after meeting Becky Danks at The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses winners’ events in London. As I wasn’t expecting to discuss this live on air I somewhat fluffed my answers to his questions. Sorry about that.

Speaking to the show’s producer afterwards she told me she never listens back to herself as she would be far too critical of her performance. Perhaps this is a lesson I should take away from my experience live on air.

If interested you may listen to the radio segment, which lasts just over 6 minutes, here.

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to talk about books and to discover what it is to appear on a live radio show. The bus journeys I have had to take to get to Swindon each week I will not miss.

Books conclude with an acknowledgements section. My thanks for my ability to post these soundtracks go to Rick and Paddy whose technical support from our village location enabled the broadcasts to be captured for these posts.

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