Yesterday was an exhausting round of radio interviews about Rosemary Sutcliff, the book The Eagle of the Ninth, and the film The Eagle. But not an exhausting round of radio studios. Oxford University Press had organised for me to spend the time in just one studio in central London (at thebroadcasters.co.uk) being hooked up successively – sometimes live and sometimes for a ‘pre-recorded’ item – to some twelve local radio stations from Somerset to The Isle of Man, and from Guernsey to Cumbria. It was fun, but it really was exhausting. And just a little trying on occasion, biting my tongue whilst subtly trying in one live interview to correct one interviewer who rhymed ‘ninth’ with ‘plinth’ as if he thought the film was maybe The Eagle of the Ninjas, and in the next breath asked me what Rosemary Sutcliff (died 1992) thinks (in the present tense, not “might have”) of the film. Hey Ho.
The Stations were: Cheshire FM (presenter: Big Al), Radio Cardiff (Jane Morris) , Sheffield Live (Luke Crofts), BBC Radio Guernsey (Jenny Kendall-Tobias) , Manx Radio (Bob Harrison), BBC Radio Bristol (Peter Rowell), Swansea Sound (Kevin Johns), BBC Radio Cumbria (Gordon Swindlehurst), ALL FM 96.9 (Manchester; Kate Moore), BBC WM (Birmingham and The Black Country; Paul Franks), BBC Radio Solent (Katie Martin), Big City Radio (Birmingham; John Taylor). Some of the interviews went out live during the day; others were pre-recorded for later yesterday or today (Friday). (I will work on the links!)