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27/01/2010

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Wednesday 27 January 2010

Christopher Reid, who won the Costa Book Award yesterday, speaks to Mark Lawson about his winning collection of poetry A Scattering, which deals with the death of his wife.

Football-star-turned actor Eric Cantona has made his stage debut in Face au Paradis (Facing Paradise) at the Theatre Marigny in Paris. He plays one of only two survivors who have been trapped in the basement of a collapsed supermarket. John Lichfield, The Independent newspaper's Paris correspondent, reviews the play.

Composer George Benjamin celebrates his 50th birthday with a special concert in association with the London Sinfonietta. The programme includes a performance at the piano by Benjamin himself.

Banned and jailed under Czech communism, rock band The Plastic People of the Universe helped to bring the regime down in 1989. Mark Lawson talks to members past and present and to playwright Tom Stoppard, whose play Rock 'n' Roll helped rekindle interest in the group.

  • A Scattering

    A Scattering by Christopher Reid is published by Arete Books and is out now.

    Picture shows Christopher Reid.

    Costa Book awards
  • Face au Paradis - Eric Cantona

    Face au Paradis is on at the Theatre Marigny in Paris until 8 May 2010.

  • George Benjamin

    George Benjamin is at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London Southbank Centre, Sunday 7 February.

    Queen Elizabeth Hall
  • Plastic People of the Universe

    Maska Masky (The Mask Behind the Mask) is out now

    Plastic People of the Universe

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