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Alexander McCall Smith

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Summary

In this programme Michael Rosen talks to the author of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, Alexander McCall Smith.

He finds out that long before these novels for adults became bestsellers, McCall Smith wrote a collection of children's stories.

We also find out how Quentin Blake's picture book, Green Ship, is inspiring a vast range of work and activities at a primary school in Tamworth, including a "senses" exploration of the school garden.

Finally, we hear from our experts about Andrea Levy's Small Island, a story of raw racism in post-war Britain. The panel includes:

  • Winsome Thomas, an education adviser to Birmingham LEA
  • Victoria Shaw, a primary teacher
  • Grant Bage of NESTA

Please note that this programme is not available for download due to rights issues.

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