Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novel Dawn Wind on BBC radio in 1962

Rosemary Sutcliff’s children’s and young adult book, and historical novel, Dawn Wind was dramatised by Felix Felton and  broadcast on BBC Radio as a six-part afternoon radio serial in 1962. It was directed by David Davis, with Simon Lack as the adult Owain. The young Owen, in the first two episodes, was Glyn Dearman, Kika Markham played Regina and Felton himself Einon Hen.

The story of the Rosemary Sutcliff classic of children’s literature, the book Dawn Wind was this:

The last Roman-British wearer of the dolphin ring, Owain is sole survivor of a Viking raid and the great battle of Aquae Sulis. A 14-year old, his  father and brother die at the battle but he eventually makes his way to a peaceful Saxon settlement where hee is made thrall to a Saxon family. On his way there he meets a half-wild girl whom he cares for but is forced to leave behind when she falls ill. They meet up again after many years apart, still so in tune with each other that they are able to understand each other’s wordless messages. During his years of service he discovers under-standing and even friendship, and loyalty for the people who were his enemies. His freedom earned, he shoulders the weight of the Saxon household rather than betray a promise to his former master.

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