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Frank Cottrell Boyce

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Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Pictures and Conversations

Another wonderful story by Frank Cottrell Boyce with a very familiar setting (for me). This episode is also available as a blog post: http://picturesandconversations.co.uk/2017/05/16/sputniks-guide-to-life-on-earth-by-frank-cottrell-boyce/


21 Mar 2021

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Tristram Shandy with Frank Cottrell Boyce

On the Road with Penguin Classics

Laurence Sterne in Coxwold. The screenwriter and children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce, who wrote the screenplay for A Cock and Bull Story (the 2005 film adaptation of Tristram Shandy), digresses around the little village of Coxwold in North Yorkshire with Henry. They discuss Laurence Sterne’s novel and veer off on various tangents as they meander from St Michael’s Church, where Sterne was perpetual curate, to Shandy Hall, where he wrote most of Tristram Shandy. They meet the curator, Patrick Wildgust, who guides them through the eccentric building. Penguin Classics edition of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sternehttps://www.penguin.co.uk/books/60349/the-life-and-opinions-of-tristram-shandy--gentleman/9780141439778.htmlAudiobook: https://books.apple.com/gb/audiobook/tristram-shandy-abridged/id1440419496?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&ct=audio-books_tristram_shandy_%28abridged%29&ls=1Ebook: https://books.apple.com/gb/book/the-life-and-opinions-of-tristram-shandy-gentleman/id374433539?itsct=books_toolbox&itscg=30200&ct=books_the_life_and_opinions_of_tristram&ls=1 Frank Cottrell Boycehttps://twitter.com/frankcottrell_b A Cock and Bull Story, dir. Michael Winterbottomhttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0423409/ Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boycehttps://www.panmacmillan.com/authors/frank-cottrellboyce/cosmic/9781529008777 Shandy Hall & The Laurence Sterne Trusthttps://www.laurencesternetrust.org.uk/ St Michael’s Churchhttps://www.coxwoldvillage.org/index.php/coxwold-church-north-yorkshire-st-michael-and-all-angelsSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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18 Feb 2021

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RadioMoLI - Tall Tales Podcast with Frank Cottrell Boyce

ILFDublin Podcast

Featuring some very special guests, our new Tall Tales podcast series is perfect for everyone who loves children’s books. Packed full of reading recommendations, ideas to help get your children reading, tips on writing for children … plus handy hints for all ages on how to get the creative juices flowing! Host Shane Hegarty is one of Ireland's most popular writers of children's fiction, creator of the best-selling Darkmouth series, and Boot, which is Dublin’s 2020 Citywide Read for children.Frank Cottrell Boyce is the author of Runaway Robot, Millions, Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth, Framed, Cosmic, The Astounding Broccoli Boy and the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sequels. Frank’s first book, Millions, won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004, and he also won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize for The Unforgettable Coat. Frank is a highly successful screenwriter whose credits include The Railway Man, Millions, Goodbye Christopher Robin and the 2012 opening ceremony for the Olympics. He lives in Merseyside with his family.


22 Oct 2020

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Film director Alice Wu, writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, the allure of Golden Brown and baritone Peter Brathwaite remakes paintings

Front Row

Writer and director Alice Wu talks to Samira Ahmed about her new film, The Half of It, a queer love triangle that draws on the Cyrano de Bergerac story. Set in small town America, the film explores the Asian American experience and navigating love, friendship and fitting in at High School. Among the anxieties associated with the coronavirus pandemic many readers are finding it more and more difficult to concentrate on a book. But the modern adult's ability to concentrate has been under pressure from the myriad sources of digital text we confront daily. To explore the psychology and neurology of modern reading, Samira is joined by author and screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce and academic Maryanne Woolf, author of Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World. When the baritone Peter Brathwaite's opera engagements were cancelled because of the pandemic he took up the Getty Museum's challenge to remake paintings with household objects. He searches for works featuring black people and what began as a pastime has developed into a serious artistic project winning wide attention. He tells Samira Ahmed what has drawn him to this, how he goes about it and what he has learned.The Stranglers' keyboard player Dave Greenfield died on Sunday having been infected with the coronavirus. He wrote their best-known song, Golden Brown, which, involving a harpsichord an eddying melody and varying time signatures, is an unusual work for a punk band. Composer and Radio 3 presenter Hannah Peel explains the allure of this sophisticated piece, which depends on a strange rhythm shift, from 12/8 to 13/8.And The Nan and Elsie Transcripts, a micro-psychodrama recorded remotely by members of the BBC's Radio Drama Company.Presenter: Samira AhmedProducer: Julian May


5 May 2020

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Frank Cottrell Boyce on Tove Jansson

Great Lives

"One of the best things a children's writer can do is to implant sign posts in childhood to things that are good, and to the small pleasures that will get you through life" Frank Cottrell-Boyce Tove Jansson was born in Helsinki in 1914. An artist, illustrator and writer she became best known as the creator of The Moomins, the little white trolls who lived in Moominvalley with other fantastical creatures such as the Hattifatteners, Mymbles and Whompers. Acclaimed screenwriter and children's author Frank Cottrell-Boyce has described Tove Jansson as his 'Guardian Angel' having first discovered Moominvalley one Saturday morning in his local library in Liverpool. He encountered Comets, Great Floods and a little Midsummer Madness all of which were met with the warmth and wisdom of Moomin-Mamma, the gentle observance of Snufkin and the inventiveness of Little My. Fantastical in their adventures but rooted in reality and humanity, Frank Cottrell-Boyce champions the creator of Mooninvalley who poured her fascinating life into her books. Drawing inspiration from childhood disagreements about the philosopher Immanuel Kant, creative ways to survive a war and a forbidden - but wonderful - love story that lasted a life time. Producer in Bristol is Nicola HumphriesPresented by Matthew ParrisGuest Expert Boel Westin Author of 'Tove Jansson: Life, Art, Words'(Pre-recorded earlier this year)


14 Apr 2020

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Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Film Programme

With Antonia QuirkeWriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce talks about his Scrabble-based drama Sometimes, Always, Never and reveals why the film took 12 years to go from script to screen.Neil Brand continues his series on famous film scores that were last minute replacements with the story of Oliver Stone's Platoon and Samuel Barber's Adagio For Strings.Voice coach Penny Dyer reveals what lessons she gave Helen Mirren to talk like the Queen, and helps Antonia rediscover her Manchester accent.


13 Jun 2019

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96. Making Hay with Frank Cottrell Boyce

Fortunately... with Fi and Jane

Fi and Jane are joined by writer Frank Cottrell Boyce in the Green Room at the Hay Festival where he reveals the question he's most commonly asked by his young audience. Also, actress Maxine Peake drops by to talk about her whippet.Producer: JP Devlin


31 May 2019

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Frank Cottrell Boyce on Reading Aloud

In the Reading Corner

In this interview, Frank Cottrell Boyce talks to Nikki Gamble about his passion for reading aloud to children. It's not an optional extra, but fundamental to the experience of reading.


30 Apr 2019

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Open Book - Awesome Authors: Children's Literature with Frank Cottrell Boyce and Bali Rai

Books and Authors

Mariella Frostrup on Children's Literature with Frank Cottrell Boyce and Bali Rai


17 Jul 2016

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Marc Chagall, Laura Marling, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Colm Tóibín

Front Row: Archive 2013

With John Wilson.Marc Chagall's paintings filled with colour, floating figures and Jewish motifs are among the most distinctive in art. A new exhibition at Tate Liverpool traces the creation of Chagall's style by following his early years as an artist in Paris and his native Russia. Jackie Wullschlager, author of the biography Chagall: Love and Exile, reviews.St Colmcille, the patron saint of Derry/Londonderry, returns for a public pageant on a city-wide scale, starting this evening. Frank Cottrell Boyce, the writer behind the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, discusses how he created the story for this weekend's events in the UK's City of Culture. Many aspects of the city's history are celebrated, culminating in a showdown on the river front between St. Colmcille and his monstrous nemesis. Singer-songwriter Laura Marling reflects on her new album Once I was an Eagle, and explains why she has chosen to base herself in Los Angeles. She also brings her guitar to the Front Row studio, to perform. And the Irish writer Colm Tóibín makes his selection for the Cultural Exchange: Poem by Elizabeth Bishop, a reflection on a small painting of a scene in rural Nova Scotia, where the poet spent time as a child. Producer Jerome Weatherald.


7 Jun 2013