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Your Desert Island Discs

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Presenter Lauren Laverne has launched Your Desert Island Discs, inviting listeners to share a piece of music that they have turned to in the recent weeks of lockdown, and the story behind their choice.

Some of these songs and stories will feature in upcoming special programming. 

For almost 80 years, Desert Island Discs has asked its castaways to imagine life in isolation, cut off from family, friends and the rest of their lives, and to select eight pieces of music they would turn to. 

Now this imaginary isolation has become reality for millions of us - not on a distant island, but in our own homes. 

Desert Island Discs is asking the nation to share their stories about a piece of music that has mattered most to them during lockdown: from a song that’s helped key workers through a tough shift, to a tune providing company to someone delivering food to vulnerable neighbours, and others with inspiring stories to share with listeners. Or just a piece of music that has provided a moment of escape in an otherwise stressful lockdown day. 

On Friday 5 June at 09:00, Lauren Laverne will host Your Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4. 

Laverne said: “At the moment we all feel a little more cast away than we might like to. It seems the perfect time to pass the microphone to our wonderful listeners and invite them to tell us about one special track and why it matters so much to them now. I can’t wait to hear what they come up with.” 

Those who have a song to share and a story to tell that might be included on air can do so two ways: individuals can share their stories by emailing their story and musical selection to before 16 May, or posting on social media using the hashtag #YourDesertIslandDiscs before 16 May. 

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