101 Margaret Atwood's The Testaments reviewed, Ryan Wigglesworth, Robert Battle2019-09-05 18:57:00
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102 Chrissie Hynde, The Theatre of Parliament, Arts Minister Rebecca Pow2019-09-04 19:05:00
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103 The Booker Prize shortlist, Lucian Freud's new biography, The importance of arts to local identity2019-09-03 18:52:00
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104 The Capture, Venice Film Festival highlights, Enid Blyton reevaluated2019-09-02 18:59:00
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105 Salman Rushdie on Quichotte, Joanna Hogg on The Souvenir2019-08-30 18:57:00
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106 Mrs Lowry and Son reviewed, Anna Calvi, Poet Stephen Sexton2019-08-29 19:01:00
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107 James Graham on drama and constitutional turmoil, Jeff Pope on A Confession, The literary arts and The Troubles2019-08-28 19:23:00
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108 Colson Whitehead, Duke Ellington's Sacred Music, Carnival Row, Sheila Steafel2019-08-27 18:59:00
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109 Edna O'Brien on her new novel Girl, her first The Country Girls, and her career in between2019-08-26 18:45:00
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Edna O'Brien on her new novel Girl, her first The Country Girls, and her career in between

A Front Row for Bank Holiday Monday: Kirsty Lang interviews the writer Edna O'Brien about her new novel, her first novel and her career in between, spanning almost sixty years, 25 works of fiction, as well as biographies and plays. Radio 4 is now broadcasting an adaptation of The Country Girls trilogy. Edna O'Brien's stories of Kate and Baba as they leave rural Ireland for Dublin then London, find work, meet men, and have sex caused scandal when they were published in the 1960s. Her books were banned (six times) and publicly burned in her hometown. Now these are considered among the most significant novels of the last century, important for their exploration of the experience of women and for furthering the cause of their liberation. Times change and now, O'Brien tells Kirsty Lang, she has received, from the president, Ireland's highest cultural accolade. Edna O'Brien is in her late eighties yet research for her new novel, Girl, took her to difficult, dangerous territory in Nigeria. Reading a report about a girl found with her baby wandering in the forest without food, she felt compelled to write their story so set out to find out about the schoolgirls abducted by Bokko Haram. She tells Kirsty how she visited camps, interviewed young women who had been kidnapped, raped and enslaved. She distilled this material into the story of Maryam. It is harrowing, redemptive and beautifully written. Edna O'Brien speaks about the relationship between her own life and her writing and how she has found the courage to move beyond the autobiographical in her fiction. Her ambition, she tells Kirsty, is to carry on, to write one more novel. But that, too, will involve a perilous journey. Presenter: Kirsty Lang Reader: Shalifa Kaddu Producer: Julian May…read more

110 Andrew Davies on Sanditon, Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the literature of citizen and state2019-08-23 18:59:00
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111 Danny Brocklehurst on Brassic, Why are fewer people taking English A level?, Fisherwomen2019-08-22 19:15:00
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112 Conductor John Wilson, Interior design, The Wizard of Oz2019-08-21 18:55:00
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113 Antonio Banderas, Philippa Gregory and V.V. James on witches in literature, umbrellas in chinese culture2019-08-20 19:03:00
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114 Louise Doughty, Robert Icke's The Doctor, Edinburgh Festival Highlights2019-08-19 18:54:00
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115 The true story behind blockbuster film Jaws, Benjamin Zephaniah, Catherine Cohen's cabaret2019-08-16 19:00:00
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116 Basil Brush, Christina Bianco, Climate Change theatre and new musicals at Edinburgh Fringe2019-08-15 08:45:00
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117 Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, How to listen to a symphony, black paint controversy, 14th August cultural events2019-08-14 19:07:00
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118 Live from the Edinburgh Festivals2019-08-13 19:13:00
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119 Lemn Sissay, Queen Victoria's piano, Euphoria2019-08-12 18:58:00
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120 Cary Grant and Notorious, Festival cancellations, Movement directors, Anna Symon2019-08-09 19:04:00
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