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!
You can find more editions of Looks Unfamiliar here.
You can find a feature about Jackanory in the sixties in Tim’s book Well At Least It’s Free, available in paperback here or from the Kindle Store here. There’s also a feature on the long-lost two hundredth episode of Jackanory – and what might have happened in it – here.
There’s more about school songbooks in the edition of Looks Unfamiliar with Steve Berry, which you can find here.
Una also appears in The Best Of Looks Unfamiliar alongside Samira Ahmed, Will Maclean, Steve Berry, Jacqueline Rayner and Rae Earl, which you can find here.