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Andrew Motion, Lisa Suhair Majaj, Sean O'Brien, Luke Wright

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 29 October 2010

In The Verb this week Ian McMillan has his work cut out. He's hurtling from lost love and the sorrow and pity of war to the venality of the middle classes - all in just three quarters of an hour. Ian's guests include the former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, whose new collection pays homage to Siegfried Sassoon while still seeming to emerge - as he puts it in one of the poems - from that time between 'The Peace Museum and the bullet train to Tokyo'.

One of the Middle East's leading writers, Lisa Suhair Majaj, who's appearing at Poetry International on the Southbank this week, talks about the Arab American experience and reads from her book, Geographies of Light.

There's a specially commissioned drama, Take me to the Bridge, by Sean O'Brien perched on that ever precarious border between Newcastle and Gateshead - a kind of nocturnal Eden of forking paths and crossed destinies.

And in a new ballad the performance poet, Luke Wright, trains his satirical eye on some contemporary lives.

  • Free Thinking Drama: Take Me to the Bridge

    Sean O’Brien’s drama – Take me to the Bridge - can be downloaded from BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking website or if you have mobile internet access, text the word BRIDGE to 83111.

    It's designed to be listened to on a short walk from The Sage Gateshead to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

    Download the audio drama
  • Andrew Motion

    Laurels and Donkeys by Andrew Motion is published by Clutag Press.

  • Lisa Suhair Majaj

    Geographies of Light by Lisa Suhair Majaj is published by Web Del Sol Association.

  • Luke Wright

    Luke Wright’s current show is called Luke Wright’s Cynical Ballads.


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