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Book of the Week

Feel Free

Episode 1

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection: sharp observations on high culture, pop culture and social change. From 2018. Show more

Book of the Week

Feel Free

Episode 4

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection: the Philip Roth Lecture with ideas on the art and practice of writing. From 2018. Show more

Book of the Week

Feel Free

Episode 5

Duration: 15 minutes

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

Zadie Smith reads from her essay collection: the Alte Frau, an enigmatic painting of a woman by Balthasar Denner. From 2018. Show more

Front Row

Zadie Smith; Actors and audio books; nut; Lady Gaga

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news, including Zadie Smith on her new story The Embassy of Cambodia, actors and audiobooks, a review of nut by debbie tucker green, and new albums by Lady Gaga and Lorde. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Mark Lawson
Interviewed Guest:
Zadie Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Kitty Empire
Interviewed Guest:
Shahidha Bari

Front Row

Zadie Smith, Ryan Adams, Exhibit B, The Art of the Brick

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Arts news with John Wilson. Zadie Smith on her shortlisted entry for the BBC National Short Story Award, new Lego exhibition, the controversy surrounding Exhibit B, and Ryan Adams. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
John Wilson
Interviewed Guest:
Zadie Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Tom Dyckhoff
Interviewed Guest:
Ryan Adams

Free Thinking

Zadie Smith

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Zadie Smith talks to Philip Dodd about dance, depicting teenage friendships and US/UK differences as her novel Swing Time is published in Britain and BBC TV dramatises her book NW. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Zadie Smith
Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Producer:
Robyn Read

Front Row

Zadie Smith, William Trevor, Lucy Kirkwood, Allied

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Poet Paul Muldoon on William Trevor, Zadie Smith discusses her latest novel, Swing Time, Tim Robey reviews Allied and Lucy Kirkwood discusses her new play, The Children. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Tony Lacey
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Muldoon
Interviewed Guest:
Zadie Smith
Interviewed Guest:
Tim Robey
Interviewed Guest:
Lucy Kirkwood

BBC National Short Story Award

BBC National Short Story Award 2014

Episode 4: Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Zadie Smith's story, named runner-up at this year's awards, read by Noma Dumezweni. A fading American cabaret artiste encounters a myriad of resentments while shopping for corsets. Show more

Start the Week

Zadie Smith on social mobility

Duration: 43 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Stephanie Flanders discusses social mobility with Zadie Smith, David Kynaston, David Willetts MP and Owen Jones. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Zadie Smith
Interviewed Guest:
David Willetts
Interviewed Guest:
David Kynaston
Interviewed Guest:
Owen Jones
Producer:
Katy Hickman

Duration: 1 hour, 27 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two Scotland

Television adaptation of Zadie Smith's bestselling book. Natalie and Leah, friends who grew up together in north west London, find their lives taking them in different directions. Show more