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29/10/2009

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Thursday 29 October 2009

John Wilson reports on the re-opening of Oxford's Ashmolean Museum, after a multi-million pound redevelopment.

The Ashmolean in Oxford is the world's oldest public museum, dating back to the 17th century and named after its founder Elias Ashmole. These days its collection includes drawings by Michaelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, paintings by Constable and Picasso and the Anglo-Saxon treasure, the Alfred Jewel. The Ashmolean reopens after a 61-million-pound demolition and rebuilding project. John Wilson visited the museum as the builders raced to meet the deadline.

Kirsty Lang talks to Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin about their book, Twitterature, in which the two US university students retell 75 great works of literature, from Shakespeare to Homer to Chaucer, through Twitter

The Romanian film, Tales From The Golden Age, is a re-telling of urban myths which were popular during the regime of Ceausescu in the 1980s. Kirsty Lang and critic and broadcaster Susan Hitch discuss the long-held tradition of storytelling in Eastern European culture, and how humour was used as a way of dealing with oppression during that time.

Kirsty Lang speaks to the family duo Anita and Kiran Desai to discuss the different cultural, historical and literary forces that formed their writing, making them the internationally-renowned authors they are today. Kiran Desai found fame with her novel, The Inheritance of Loss, when it won the 2006 Man Booker Prize. Her mother, Anita Desai, started writing at an early age while growing up in Mussoorie, India, and has had three of her novels shortlisted for the same prize, including In Custody.

As a new website launches, offering downloadable theatre productions which have been filmed in High Definition, Kirsty Lang discusses the pros and cons of the service with Robert Delamere of digitaltheatre.com and critic Andrew Dickson.

  • The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

    Picture provided by The Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

  • Tales From The Golden Age

    Tales From The Golden Age is released nationwide on Friday, October 30th, certificate 12A.

  • Twitterature

    Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books Retold Through Twitter, by Alexander Aciman & Emmett Rensin, is published on November 5th.

  • Anita and Kiran Desai

    Anita and Kiran Desai will be appearing at the Purcell Room, Southbank, London, on Saturday 31 October as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations of Wasafiri, the magazine of international contemporary writing.

    More about Wasafiri magazine
  • Digital Theatre

    Find out more via the link below.

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