Looks Unfamiliar #18: Una McCormack – Revolution 9 For Descant Recorder And Woodblock

Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay - Songs For Everyone by Beatrice Harrop (A&C Black, 1978) - listen to Una McCormack and Tim Worthington talking about it in Looks Unfamiliar.

Looks Unfamiliar 18: Una McCormack

Looks Unfamiliar is a podcast in which writer and occasional broadcaster Tim Worthington talks to a guest about some of the things that they remember that nobody else ever seems to.

Joining Tim this time is writer Una McCormack, who is absolutely convinced that she hasn’t just made up school songbook Ta-Ra-Ra Boom-De-Ay, Screw-Top Virgin Marys, Desert Wellies, Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy Family novels, Jackanory series Tales From The Edge Of The World, and short-lived toy craze Trick Sticks. Along the way we’ll be finding out why asking about ‘Mr. Benn Men’ in school is frowned on, how to attract boys from the school across the brook by rolling up your socks and narrowing your tie, and why you can’t hide a pierced ear from Jesus. Also, there’s LIVE YO-YO TRICKS!

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About Una

Una McCormack is a novelist and dramatist who has written extensively for Doctor Who, Star Trek and Blake’s 7. Una’s website is here and you can follow her on Twitter at @unamccormack. Una’s latest Doctor Who novel Molten Heart is available from Amazon here. You can also get her latest Star Trek novel The Last Best Hope here.

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You can find a feature about Jackanory in the sixties in Tim’s book Well At Least It’s Free, a collection of columns and features by Tim Worthington. Well At Least It’s Free is available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here.

Further Listening

Una has also appeared on Tim’s Marvel Cinematic Universe podcast It’s Good, Except It Sucks talking about Captain Marvel, which you can find here.

There’s more about school songbooks – this time hymn book Morning Has Broken – in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Steve Berry, which you can find here. Jackanory‘s adaptation of Starstormers by Nicholas Fisk is covered in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Tim as the guest which you can find here.

Una also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Samira Ahmed, Will Maclean, Steve Berry, Jacqueline Rayner, Rae Earl and Tim on the radio talking about the theme song from The Amazing Adventures Of Morph, which you can find here.

Further Reading

Out In The Dark is a feature on the long-lost two hundredth episode of Jackanory – and what might have happened in it – which you can find here.


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