29 June 2007
A range of unique materials drawn from the Bodleian Library’s holdings on John Milton will be featured on Radio 4 this Sunday. The programme, entitled ‘Visions of Paradise’, will be presented by Peter White, BBC’s award-winning blind Disability Affairs Specialist and presenter of Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’, and ‘In Touch’.
John Milton became blind in his 40’s, after which he composed his greatest works, such as the epic, Paradise Lost. Peter White investigates the impact Milton’s blindness had on his work and whether blind writers relate differently to the world through their craft. He visits the Bodleian Library in Oxford where Milton specialist Dr. Sharon Achinstein, Reader in Renaissance English Literature St Edmund Hall, shows him early editions of Milton’s work.
Peter White also meets Professor John Hull of the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham, a blind theologian who learned parts of the first book of Paradise Lost by heart when he became blind, to accompany him on his walk between home and work.
Some of the material featured in the programme will be on display in the Bodleian Library’s winter exhibition ‘Citizen John Milton’ to coincide with the celebration of the 400th anniversary of his birth.
The programme is on air on Sunday, 1 July at 16.30 on Radio 4 and is repeated the following Saturday, 7 July at 23.30.
You can listen to the programme following the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/arts/pip/ynzbz/