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St Vincent, Andrew Michael Hurley, The Tin Drum, Daljit Nagra
St Vincent on her new album Masseduction, and novelist Andrew Michael Hurley.
St Vincent discusses her new album Masseduction; poet Daljit Nagra on poetry in TV and radio adverts; novelist Andrew Michael Hurley; and Gunter Grass's The Tin Drum on stage.
The American singer St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, discusses her new album Masseduction.
Andrew Michael Hurley's debut novel The Loney was a runaway success, winning the 2015 Costa Book Award in the First Novel category. The author discusses his follow-up, Devil's Day, which like The Loney is a gothic horror story set in Lancashire.
The Tin Drum by Nobel Laureate Günter Grass centres on Oskar, who refuses to grow from the age of 3 and has a voice that can shatter glass. The Cornwall-based theatre company Kneehigh have adapted the story for the stage and is currently touring the UK. Writer and broadcaster Paul Allen reviews.
Poet Daljit Nagra considers the current fashion for TV and radio adverts to feature poetry.
Presenter Stig Abell
Producer Jerome Weatherald.
Sheridan Smith, Fred D'Aguiar, Maxine Peake play, UNESCO Creative Cities
Sheridan Smith on her first solo album.
Sheridan Smith on her solo album, Sheridan, Maxine Peake's play on Hull heroine Lillian Bilocca, UNESCO Creative Cities assessed, and Fred D'Aguiar on Martin Luther King.
Sheridan Smith is a comic actor (The Royle Family, Gavin and Stacey), a serious dramatic actor (Flare Path, The Moorside, Dustin Hoffman's film Quartet) and a star of musical theatre, from Bugsy Malone when she was 16 to Funny Girl. Now she has released her first solo album. She talks about the songs she has chosen and her career so far.
The acclaimed actor Maxine Peake has written a play for Hull Truck and Hull City of Culture celebrating the life of a woman who dramatically fought for conditions for Hull fishermen to improve as trawler after trawler was lost. The Last Testament Of Lillian Bilocca is an immersive piece of theatre staged in the city's Guildhall with a cast partly drawn from the community. Paul Allen reviews.
UNESCO's Creative Cities Network has expanded from 116 cities worldwide to 180, and Bristol has just become the UK's second UNESCO City of Film following Bradford's 2009 designation. David Wilson, Director of Bradford UNESCO City of Film, and Charles Landry, author of The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators, discuss the benefits and disadvantages of being part of the network.
Fifty years ago Newcastle University bestowed an honorary doctorate on Martin Luther King - the only UK university to honour him. In his acceptance address he called for justice and brotherhood to roll down like a mighty stream. 'The Might Stream' is the title of a new book of poems written in of celebration Martin Luther King by a huge range of writers. Fred D'Aguiar speaks about the inspiration of King to him as a poet.
Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Sarah Johnson.
Hugh Masekela, Ursula K Le Guin, Mary Lee Berners-Lee, John Barton, Mark E Smith
Obituary series, analysing and celebrating the lives of people who have recently died.
Matthew Bannister on trumpeter Hugh Masekela, writer Ursula K Le Guin, computer pioneer Mary Lee Berners-Lee, theatre director John Barton and musician Mark E Smith.
Photo: Hugh Masekela
Matthew Bannister on
Hugh Masekela the South African jazz trumpeter and anti apartheid activist.
Ursula K. Le Guin whose science fiction and fantasy books sold millions of copies.
Mary Lee Berners-Lee, the computer pioneer and mother of the world wide web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
John Barton the director and writer who taught a generation of actors how to speak Shakespearian verse.
Mark E. Smith, the controversial front man of the post punk band The Fall.
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