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Rebecca Lenkiewicz

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 12 June 2009

Ian McMillan presents the weekly programme about language, which includes dramatist Rebecca Lenkiewicz, author of Shoreditch Madonna and Her Naked Skin with a new specially-written monologue.

Plus the band The Leisure Society, nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for their song The Last of the Melting Snow. Songwriter Nicholas Hemming tells Ian McMillan his rise from bein an unknown to competing with the likes of Elbow for a major music award.

  • Rebecca Lenkiewicz

    Her play about the Suffragettes, Her Naked Skin, was the first by a living female playwright to appear on the main stage at the National Theatre. For The Verb this week, Rebecca Lenkiewicz has written a brand new short story about a lost soul called Lucian Dark, who’s condemned to wander the streets of London (or is it purgatory?) for five hundred years.

  • The Leisure Society

    When the band were nominated for an Ivor Novello award for song writing earlier this year, their lead singer and songwriter Nick Hemming was working in a factory and writing in his spare time. He tells Ian McMillan about how the nomination has changed his life.

    The Leisure Society
  • Poetry Lab

    In part two of a season of poetry master classes for the BBC Poetry Season, Roddy Lumsden provides a beginner’s guide to writing rhyme.

    BBC Poetry Season
  • Concrete Poetry

    As a new exhibition opens at the ICA, Ira Lightman and Ken Cockburn discuss the history of a poetic movement which believes that the visual appearance of a poem is as important as what it says.

    Poor. Old. Tired. Horse. runs from Wednesday 17th June until Sunday 23rd August at the ICA on The Mall, London.
    Ira Lightman's concrete poems can be seen on his website:

    Ira Lightman


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