Note to ND from John Pilkington ......
I have been writing for over 20 years. I was born in Lancashire and now live in Devon, worked at lots of jobs and was a rock musician for years. I started with radio plays, 8 to date plus one on World Service which was an adaptation of my stage play Plantation (toured 1995). I also did a big community play in the Exeter festival (1996). Before Apostle of Light, the Louis Braille one which was my most succesful radio play, the best was A Frozen Stream called Wounded Knee (1992) about the massacre of Sioux in 1890. That was when they still had a 90' play slot. I also did one I was pleased with in '87 called Murmur of A Summer's Day, in which most of the characters were fish!
This last few years I've done episodes of 'Doctors' for BBC 1 daytime, and my crime fiction series: 4 novels set in Elizabethan England, the Thomas the Falconer Mysteries (pub. by Severn House, now appearing also in German and going into audio books sometime). I've also done a non-fiction book, A Survival Guide for Writers (Robert Hale, 2000). My books do quite well in libraries. My next Thomas book The Maiden Bell is out later this year.
remarks by ND.... some fine plays (details below), including three "biographies": of Alfred Nobel, Louis Braille, and Camille Pisarro. I found Braille's story and the "Wounded Knee" play particularly good.
MURMUR OF A SUMMER'S DAY....1987
REQUIEM FOR EDDIE....1987
CLUBLAND I and CLUBLAND II....1990 2 original poems, broadcast on Pen to Paper, R4, 1990. Produced at BBC Manchester by Liz Rigbey.
A FROZEN STREAM CALLED WOUNDED KNEE....1992
DEAD MAN'S BUTTON....1994
Apostle of Light (R4, 1415,14 Jan 02) by John
Pilkington was a dramatisation of the life of Louis Braille. After
losing his sight in a childhood accident he was placed in an institution
for the blind. The prospects for sightless children in Paris were
appalling; they couldn't be educated because they could hardly read
or write; the only printed material they could cope with consisted
of enormous books printed in raised type. A visit by a retired army
captain, Charles Barbier, changed all this. Barbier had developed
what he called "night-writing"; he had once seen a gun crew annihilated
because they had betrayed their position by lighting a lamp to read a
trivial message. He worked out that raised dots and dashes could
represent letters or words and that these could be read in the dark.
Braille devised an alphabet using the same idea and showed that a
practised user could read and write
at a decent speed. .....N.D., VRPCC
THE COLOURS OF STEAM....2003
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