Writer- Ali Hassan

Ali Hassan

Hello everyone. My name is Ali Hassan. My family comes from Iraq and went to Sweden after the war, which is where I was born. I’m 14 years old and have been in London for 6 years. I speak Arabic, Swedish, English and a little bit of Spanish. I was in a primary school called Parkfield in London. Then I went to Whitefield secondary school. This is just a little bit about me. Thank you.



English Readers- Carol and Stewart Henderson

Carol Henderson is a writer, storyteller and broadcaster with a background in theatre and performance. As Artistic Director of First Floor Theatre in London’s West End she was responsible for the theatre’s successful, sell out productions commissioning such artists as BAFTA and Olivier Award winner, Virginia McKenna, Time Out Performer of The Year, Roy Hutchins and Perrier Comedy Award winner, Milton Jones.
Carol has broadcast on BBC Radio 2 and American radio, and as a performer in her own right has presented her stories in the UK, USA and Canada appearing at such venues as The Albert Hall, London; The University of Toronto; Stanford University, California, and The Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, New York.

Stewart Henderson is a poet, songwriter and broadcaster. As a poet The Sunday Times described his children’s poetry as ‘essential reading’. Widely anthologised through Macmillan, Oxford University Press, Scholastic, Bloomsbury and others, Stewart’s verse is set for both GCSE, and Key Stage 2 and 3 in primary schools in the UK, and its equivalent on the Republic oof Ireland curriculum. His best selling ‘Who Left Grandad At The Chipshop?’ short listed for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, and ‘All Things Weird and Wonderful’, alongside his various collections for adults, has seen him become a festival favourite at such premier literary events as The Edinburgh Book Festival, Birmingham’s Young Readers UK, The Northern Children’s Book Festival and The Wigtown Book Festival
Stewart’s song writing partnership over the past 18 years with BBC Music Award winner, Martyn Joseph has established a canon of work, which has drawn glowing reviews in the USA and Canada. Back in Britain both Q and Mojo magazines have purred with pleasure at their craft and relevance, placing their material in the same league as artists like Randy Newman and Radiohead, whilst Bob Harris on Radio 2 praised the ‘outstanding lyrical intelligence’ of the songs.
As a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 4, Stewart has presented ‘Questions, Questions’ for the last nine years. Singled out by The Guardian as a programme ‘That steals up on you, and then you’re hooked’, Stewart’s various social and narrative documentaries for the network such as ‘From Hairnets To Goalnets’ – the story of The Dick, Kerr Ladies, Britain’s first women’s football team – to a programme celebrating the life of double Oscar winning, British cinematographer, Jack Cardiff has provided Stewart with a prestigious Sony Award nomination. Other programmes include the educational series ‘Wide Awake At Bedtime’, and the ‘Archive On 4’ features, ‘Liverpool – Sinner and Saint’ and ‘High Society’.
His programme ‘The Holy Fire’, made on location in Israel, won the Jerusalem Radio Award for Best Feature in 2006. Some of his other feature programmes for the Network include ‘Dan McGrew, Who Are You?’ – on the life and work of balladeer poet, Robert Service, and ‘Not Now, Arthur’, a documentary programme about Arthur Tolcher, the hapless harmonica player on the Morecambe and Wise BBC TV shows of the 1970’s.
Stewart’s production credits for Radio 4 include ‘Inside The Cavern’ – presented by Midge Ure; ‘Spy In The Holy Land’ – presented by Sir Charles Wheeler; ‘Farewell To Winston’ – presented by Nicholas Witchell, ‘Talking About Lionel’ – presented by Eddie Mair, and ‘Morecambe and Wise – The Garage Tapes’ – presented by Jon Culshaw.
Stewart has also presented, and contributed to some of the Network’s ‘crown jewels’ such as From Our Own Correspondent, Pick Of The Week, Broadcasting House, Saturday Live and PM.


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