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45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 21 November 2008

Ian McMillan's cabaret of language includes poet Lemn Sissay with his collection, Listener and a chat with leading Norwegian writers as they arrive in Britain for Scene Norway, a celebration of Norwegian writing and musical talent.

Plus a performance from poet Polar Bear.

  • Lemn Sissay

    Lemn Sissay is thinking about what it means to be a poet – should he write to please as big an audience as possible, or should he write to please himself? And – more mysteriously – how do you put the pickle where the jam should be?

    Listener by Lemn Sissay is published by Canongate

  • Polar Bear

    Polar Bear, spoken word artist extraordinaire, joins Ian to talk about growing up.

    If I Cover My Nose You Can't See Me - Polar Bear at the Albany Theatre, Deptford, London
  • Norwegian Writing

    Prize winning Norwegian writers Tore Renberg and Merete Morken Andersen discuss the shadow of Henrik Ibsen, the significance of Morrissey and Duran Duran, and other influences on Norway’s burgeoning literary scene, as well as recommending their favourite Norwegian authors.

    Agnes and Molly by Merete Morken Andersen is published by Maia Press

    Tore Renberg’s work can be read in Voices From the North: New Writing From Norway, published by Maia Press

  • James Scudamore

    Pickle and jam – not to mention grouse – are uppermost in novelist James Scudamore’s mind as he brings The Verb a new, and very foody, short story, written especially for the programme.

    Heliopolis by James Scudamore is published by Harvill Secker


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