Bridget Riley, Nick Park, David Lodge, Bayeux Tapestry
Bridget Riley is known for her abstract geometric images featuring grids, lines, circles and squares. As the artist prepares to open a new exhibition of her recent work, art critic Charlotte Mullins assesses the importance and impact of the canvases and murals created in the last four years.
As the Bayeux Tapestry is set to come to the UK from France we consider the extraordinary qualities of this artwork, the soft power of such cultural moves and the messages that might lie within Macron's gesture.
Nick Park's new film is set aeons earlier than his Wallace and Gromit adventures. Dug, a resourceful cave-youth, and best friend Hognob, a prehistoric wild boar, unite their Stone Age tribe in defence of their green and pleasant land using not weapons but guile and football. Park explains how he came to make Early Man, the first feature the four-time Oscar winner has directed on his own, and Front Row asks if, actually, it's all about Brexit.
David Lodge is both a leading comic novelist and a renowned literary critic. He talks about his memoir, Writer's Luck which covers the years 1976-1991 in which he found his greatest success with books like How Far Can You Go?, Small World and Nice Work . He was also Chair of Judges of the 1989 Booker Prize when to his disappointment Martin Amis failed to be shortlisted.…read more