The Verb, words and performance with poet Ian McMillan : language at its most creative interviews, discussions, performance, new writing, audio-cartoons, music and poetry. Every Friday at 22.00. The Verb is a home for new writers and new writing, commissioning a new work every week. The Verb – Poetry , novels, short stories, plays, screen-plays, memoirs, essays, history, song, story-telling .Exploring different worlds of language, dialects, rarities and curiosities and how spoken and written language interact.
Fri, 24 Oct 14
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Ian's guests include the poet and film-maker Imtiaz Dharker, whose latest collection 'Over The Moon' has just been published by Bloodaxe. The humorist Simon Rich's latest collection of short stories is 'Spoiled Brats' (Serpent's Tail). For 'The Verb', Simon offers a satirical portrait of a louche swimming pool attendant as part of our series on instruction manuals. Canadian folk quartet The Barr Brothers perform from their new album 'Sleeping Operator' (Secret City), and talk to Ian about how to write about love when you give up giving up on it. Plus the five minute myth with Ira Lightman.
Fri, 17 Oct 14
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Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include the internationally bestselling Chinese author Hong Ying. Novelist Michel Faber explains why he came up with a new language for his latest novel which is about a Christian missionary in space. Poet George Szirtes explains Winnie the Pooh is much better translated into Hungarian. We continue our series looking at the language of Instruction Manuals with a new commission from sound poet Holly Pester. And podcast extra: Five Minute Myths - No1: Ian and George Szirtes ask whether you need to be sad to write well.
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