Writing The Midlands

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20191228Crime Writer Mark Billingham was born in the Midlands and for this showcase he's going back to the county that made him a writer to celebrate its literature both past and present.

Along the way Mark meets some of the Midland's best writing talent. The best selling author of 'My Name is Leon', Kit De Waal, who has invaluable writing advice and a passionate defence of the Midlands accent and 'the poet with punch', Matt Windle who tells how poetry helped turn his life around and celebrates the vibrant Spoken Word scene in and around Birmingham.

Mark also visits literary landmarks from the personal, such as Kings' Heath Library where he fell in love with reading, to the mystical, Sarehole Mill, the inspiration for JRR Tolkein's Hobbiton.

Along the Way we hear the following programmes from the BBC Archives

* The Rotter's Club
* In The Studio - Lee Child (BBC World Service)
* Only Artists
* Adrift at the Athena
* Anita and Me
* The Hobbit, The Musical

Presented by Mark Billingham

Producer: Jessica Treen

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in December 2019.

Crime Writer Mark Billingham goes back to his roots for a literary tour of the Midlands.

Crime Writer Mark Billingham was born in the Midlands and for this showcase he's going back to the county that made him a writer to celebrate it's literature both past and present.

Along the way Mark meets some of the Midland's best writing talent. The best selling author of 'My Name is Leon', Kit De Waal, who has invaluable writing advice and a passionate defence of the Midlands accent and 'the poet with punch', Matt Windle who tells how poetry helped turn his life around and celebrates the vibrant Spoken Word scene in and around Birmingham.

Mark also visits literary landmarks from the personal, such as Kings' Heath Library where he fell in love with reading, to the mystical, Sarehole Mill, the inspiration for J.R.R Tolkein's Hobbiton.

Along the Way we hear the following Programmes from the BBC Archives

The Rotter's Club
In The Studio - Lee Child (BBC World Service)
Only Artists
Adrift at the Athena
Anita and Me
The Hobbit, The Musical

Presented by Mark Billingham
Produced by Jessica Treen

First Broadcast in December 2019.

Crime Writer Mark Billingham goes back to his roots for a literary tour of the Midlands.

Crime Writer Mark Billingham was born in the Midlands and for this showcase he's going back to the county that made him a writer to celebrate its literature both past and present.

Along the way Mark meets some of the Midland's best writing talent. The best selling author of 'My Name is Leon', Kit De Waal, who has invaluable writing advice and a passionate defence of the Midlands accent and 'the poet with punch', Matt Windle who tells how poetry helped turn his life around and celebrates the vibrant Spoken Word scene in and around Birmingham.

Mark also visits literary landmarks from the personal, such as Kings' Heath Library where he fell in love with reading, to the mystical, Sarehole Mill, the inspiration for JRR Tolkein's Hobbiton.

Along the Way we hear the following programmes from the BBC Archives

* The Rotter's Club
* In The Studio - Lee Child (BBC World Service)
* Only Artists
* Adrift at the Athena
* Anita and Me
* The Hobbit, The Musical

Presented by Mark Billingham

Producer: Jessica Treen

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in December 2019.

Crime Writer Mark Billingham goes back to his roots for a literary tour of the Midlands.

01Jonathan Coe And Lee Child20210127Crime Writer Mark Billingham was born in The Midlands and for this showcase he's going back to the region that made him a writer to celebrate its literature both past and present.

Along the way Mark meets some of The Midlands’ finest writing talent and browses the BBC Radio Archives. In this edition he features:

* The Rotters’ Club [12/11/2003 R4]

* In the Studio: Lee Child [31/10/2017 World Service]

Producer: Jessica Treen

Made for BBC Radio 4 Extra and first broadcast in December 2019.

Crime Writer Mark Billingham goes back to his roots for a literary tour of the Midlands.