Rosemary Sutcliff’s sixth record on BBC Radio Desert Island Discs in 1983

Rosemary Sutcliff’s sixth record choice on the mythical island of BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs in 1983 was an excerpt from Under Milk Wood by  Dylan ThomasPolly Garter’s song. The wonderful opening lines of the whole piece – which have confounded the wordpress spell-checker:

To begin at the beginning: It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters’-and-rabbits’ wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboatbobbing sea.

Author: Anthony Lawton

Chair, Sussex Dolphin, family company which looks after the work of eminent children’s & historical fiction author Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-92). Formerly CEO, chair & trustee of various charity, cultural & educational enterprises in UK.

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