The novelist Ursula Le Guin is now 85 years old and Radio 4 is marking the occasion with three programmes this April.
First up on April 9th, Naomi Alderman talks to Le Guin about her life and this documentary includes contributions from Neil Gaiman and David Mitchell.
Next is a two-part presentation of a full-cast drama, the first ever broadcast of THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS. The novel, from 1969, has never before been dramatised and this will be broadcast on two consecutive Sundays, the 12th and 19th of April at 3 pm.
The mini-season ends with a new adaptation of the original EARTHSEA trilogy – A WIZARD OF EARTHSEA, THE TOMBS OF ATUAN and THE FARTHEST SHORE. Published between 1968 and 1972, the influence of these stories cannot be underestimated and we look forward to hearing them. They are broadcast Monday 27th to 30th April and Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th of May, all at 6pm.
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