Malcolm Saville Society co-founder, Mark O’Hanlon, was interviewed about Malcolm Saville on BBC Radio Shropshire this morning, 14th May at 10:15 as part of the Jim Hawkins in the Morning (pictured) show. The live interview lasted about 10 minutes. If you live outside the local area or were not able to listen to the live broadcast, for the next seven days you can always ‘Listen Again’ online through the BBC website at: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p018799k.
Malcolm Saville Society co-founder, Mark O’Hanlon, who will celebrate his 40th birthday next month, explains the ethos behind the fund-raising:
“When I look back over the last forty years, in particular as a co-founder of the Malcolm Saville Society, the work of children’s author Malcolm Saville has undoubtedly been a huge influence in my life. But today, my interest goes beyond the books themselves. For me, it is no longer about the fictional stories: it is about the real people, the real places and, most importantly, the real friendships that I have been lucky enough to develop as a result of sharing an interest in Malcolm Saville’s work.
“To mark the occasion of my 40th birthday, I would like to involve as many friends, family and Malcolm Saville enthusiasts as possible in joining me to help raise funds for a children’s charity – to help give something to some of today’s children who may be untouched by the friendly ethos and family values expressed so consistently throughout Malcolm Saville’s stories. So, how is this going to work?”
A short while ago, the BBC Countryfile team made contact with Mark O’Hanlon and he has just been on location with them, filming a feature on Malcolm Saville. It will be set on the Long Mynd and include interviews by Julia Bradbury, with Mark O’Hanlon and also Malcolm Saville’s eldest daughter, Rosemary Dowler. There will be a full write-up in a future edition of Acksherley! magazine, produced by the Malcolm Saville Society.
The programme is due to be broadcast on Sunday 22 July.
Read a preview of the programme today at: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01lbflk
Update: The programme is available to ‘watch again’ until 29th July at: BBC iPlayer