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Redwall author Brian Jacques remembered in tribute programme

Brian Jacques
Image caption The Life of Brian - Remembering Jakestown will be broadcast on BBC Radio Merseyside on 28 August

A special programme recalling the life of children's author and broadcaster Brian Jacques is to be aired on BBC Radio Merseyside.

Liverpool born Mr Jacques, whose Redwall books were translated into 29 languages and sold over 20 million copies worldwide, died in February aged 71.

For over twenty years he had a weekly show Jakestown on BBC Radio Merseyside.

The Life of Brian - Remembering Jakestown will be broadcast at 17:00 BST on Sunday, 28 August.

Merchant seaman

The programme includes archive of Mr Jacques talking about his life and career, memories from his brother Jimmy and son David, and contributions from colleagues at BBC Radio Merseyside.

He grew up up close to Liverpool's docks and became a merchant seaman.

In the 1960s, alongside his two brothers, he formed a folk group called The Liverpool Fishermen.

Mr Jacques originally wrote his Redwall stories for children at Liverpool's Royal Wavertree School for the Blind.

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