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National Poetry Competition, Dead Sheep, Code of a Killer, Attica Locke

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

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On an important night for poetry, the winners will be announced of the National Poetry Competition - open to anyone for a £6 entrance fee - and The Ted Hughes Award rewarding new work. Roger McGough, President of the Poetry Society, tells Kirsty Lang who's won.

Jonathan Maitland, best known as a journalist and correspondent, has written his first play Dead Sheep about Geoffrey Howe's famous speech which led to Thatcher's downfall. Jonathan Maitland and Steve Nallon, who was the voice of Thatcher in Spitting Image and plays her in the play, discuss political satire on stage.

Attica Locke's latest novel features murder, powerful, dirty oil companies, and corrupt politicians, set in Pleasantville: a neighbourhood that, when it was built in 1949, had been advertised as "a planned community of new homes, spacious and modern in design, and built specifically for Negro families of means and class." She explains to Kirsty why this provided the perfect setting for her book.

And crime writer Mark Billingham reviews Code of a Killer, the new ITV drama starring David Threlfall and John Simm telling the true story of the discovery of DNA.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Sarah Johnson. Show less


Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Roger McGough
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Billingham
Interviewed Guest:
Attica Locke
Interviewed Guest:
Jonathan Maitland
Interviewed Guest:
Steve Nallon
Sarah Johnson

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