by David Almond

BBC Radio 4, afternoon play.

Broadcast: Friday 29th December 2000 @ 2:15 p.m.

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain. Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel; a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive. With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, while his baby sister languishes in the hospital. But Skellig is far more than he at first appears, and as he helps the Newcastle boy breathe life into his tiny sister, Michael's world changes forever...

Adapted by David Almond from his own story, "Skellig", winner of the 1998 Carnegie Medal for best children's book.

With Adam Ironside [Michael], Christopher Connell [Skellig], Trevor Fox [Dad], Jade Turnbull [Mina McKee, Michael's Friend], Janine Birkett [Mum], Paul Maynell [Leakey, Michael's Friend], and Nick Nancarrow [Coot, Michael's Friend].

Other parts played by members of the cast.

The music was specially composed by Bernard Shaw.

Directed by Pam Wardell.

45 min.


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