Ian McMillan gets a master class in thriller writing from bestselling author James Patterson. Author of the Alex Cross and Women’s Murder Club series, Patterson puts his popularity down to being able to ‘turn on the movie projector in people’s heads.’ Selling 150 million books worldwide, he argues, is all about imagination – and not necessarily turning out a beautifully crafted sentence.James's latest novel, 8th Confession, is out now
Wales’s National Poet reads from her new collection A Recipe for Water. She also explains why it’s considered entirely normal to be a poet in Wales, and how that makes her job much easier.Gillian Clarke
The author of acclaimed new novel Harare North brings a brand new short story, written specially for the programme, and starring a character who sounds suspiciously like a younger version of the author himself.
Harare North, by Brian Chikwava, is out now from Random House.
Singer Alyth McCormack was born on the Isle of Lewis and studied music and drama in Glasgow. She toured with bands like The Chieftains and Moving Hearts before striking out and establishing a solo career, On The Verb this week she sings two traditional Gaelic songs from her new album, People Like Me, and reveals the fascinating history of the women that wrote them.Alyth
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