1261 George the Poet, RIBA Gold Medallists, Review of Still Life2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1262 The Affair, Michael Craig-Martin, Girlhood, Mother Courage in Wales2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1263 Alfred Molina, Rona Munro, Bookshops Turned Publishers2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1264 Pirates of Penzance, Brighton Festival, Francois Ozon, New Culture Secretary2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1265 Gypsy, Martin Parr, Hermitage Director, Tennessee Williams Drama Found2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1266 Sarah Waters; Racial Diversity in the Arts; Mike Scott of the Waterboys; Museums on Film2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1267 Lenny Henry, Al Pacino in Danny Collins, Eileen Cooper, Library thefts2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1268 People of the Year - Part Two2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1269 Melissa McCarthy, Giorgio Moroder2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1270 Wild, TS Eliot poetry prize, Oppenheimer at the RSC and Barbara Hannigan2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1271 Mommy, Maggi Hambling, Ayelet Gundar-Goshen2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1272 Keira Knightley; Nick Drake; A Real Birmingham Family; Mercury Prize hopefuls2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1273 David Oyelowo; Helen Macdonald; Bob Dylan Album; Joanna Marsh2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1274 Michael Horovitz, The Jinx, Drone Warfare, Download Dead?2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1275 Steve Carell, Ian McMillan on Elvis's 80th, Chris Watson, The Fever2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1276 Hugh Bonneville; Mary J Blige; Remember Me2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1277 Made In Dagenham; Elif Shafak; Gold at Buckingham Palace2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1278 Bjork's New Album, Samantha Shannon and the Head of Disney Animation2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1279 Marigold Hotel Director John Madden, The Museum of the Mind, Kwabs, Maidan2007-09-12 12:00:00
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1280 Clive James talks about his new poetry collection Sentenced to Life2007-09-12 12:00:00
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Clive James talks about his new poetry collection Sentenced to Life

Clive James is a poet, essayist, novelist, documentarist, critic, memoirist, talk show host, translator, travel writer and cultural commentator. Since Clive announced he is in the latter stages of a terminal illness he has produced a series of heart-rending yet clear-eyed poems called Sentenced to Life, looking back over his life and considering his situation. Kirsty Lang went to Clive's home in Cambridge to talk to him about the poems which are full of regret and guilt. He admits he was a faithless husband and absent father, especially during the 80s and 90s when his phenomenal television success took him away from home, and brought him over ten million viewers. The poems, he says, are his way of getting 'square with the world'. The poem Japanese Maple went viral last summer - it's a beautiful account of a man at the end of his days, who's never been interested in botany, watching the changes in the tree his daughter planted for him. In autumn the leaves turn a flame red, and Clive never thought he would live to see it. As he tells Kirsty, he loves this extra time, reading, writing, listening to music and enjoying the company of his family, who all live nearby. He also explains that people have two choices when they get very sick - to kiss everybody goodbye and lie there and wait, or to go ahead as if you're going to live forever. He has chosen the latter. Presenter : Kirsty Lang Producer : Dymphna Flynn.…read more