Radio 4 to cover More than Words

Melvyn Bragg

The art of sound, storytelling and listening are to be celebrated on BBC Radio 4.

Station controller Gwyneth Williams revealed today at The Radio Festival in Manchester that it will broadcast special programmes from the More Than Words Festival in Bristol and a Melvyn Bragg series on the story of the written word.

'Radio 4 listeners expect the best from the best writers, thinkers and performers,' said Williams. 'In this spirit I'm sure they will enjoy these programmes which range across ideas and history, epic poetry and even promise a laugh or two.'

The More Than Words Festival takes place next March at St George's concert hall.

It features a host of events celebrating creativity, culture, journalism and the art of listening.

The station will also broadcast a special five-part poem by Owen Sheers - a poetic re-telling and updating of Homer's Odyssey set in modern day Bristol.

Written World is Melvyn Bragg's series which follows the journey of the written form from its origins in the Middle East 6,000 years ago to the present day.

It will explore how writing has enabled the dissemination of thought worldwide. It also features works from the British Library and contributions from its curators.

To celebrate Just A Minute's 45th Anniversary, a documentary will be presented by chairman Nicholas Parsons and panellist Paul Merton will explore the programme's popularity in India.

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