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Modern Architecture

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 12 May 2009

Bidisha is joined by architecture critic Hugh Pearman to discuss a lecture by Prince Charles to the Royal Institute of British Architects. The occasion marks the Institute's 175th anniversary celebrations and also 25 years since the Prince made his famous 'monstrous carbuncle' speech, in which he criticised modern building styles.

  • Prince Charles at RIBA

    Bidisha discusses the content of Prince Charles’ hotly anticipated lecture on architecture at RIBA - will it be more conciliatory than his last speech there twenty six years ago when he coined the phrase ‘monstrous carbuncle’?

    RIBA website
  • Global History

    Increased global trade and migration, and laws and governments that cross national boundaries are signs of an ever more globalised world. This month a conference at the British Academy in London brings together historians who have been attempting to examine historical events from a wider perspective than a purely Western one. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, historian of global cultural history, and Anne Gerritsen, lecturer in history at Warwick, discuss whether it is ever possible to write truly global history? And whether the influence of the nation state still lives on?

    Global History Conference website
  • Mary Stuart

    Paul Allen reviews a new production by Theatre Clywd of Mary Stuart, Schiller’s play about the power struggle between Queen Elizabeth 1st and Mary Queen of Scots.

    Mary Stuart by Schiller adapted by Mike Poulton is on at Theatre Clwyd from 12 May.

  • John Wyndham

    As a never before published novel by John Wyndham, A Plan for Chaos, goes on sale Bidisha talks to science fiction writer China Mieville and Wyndham's biographer David Ketterer about how the book foreshadows one of his most popular works, Day of the Triffids and is a peculiarly nineteen-fifties' look at the Nazis.

    Plan for Chaos by John Wyndham is published by Liverpool University Press on 15th May.


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