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Peter Weir, Chess Versus Poker, Elyse Fenton

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 14 December 2010

On tonight's/tomorrow night's Night Waves, Matthew Sweet talks to acclaimed Australian director Peter Weir about his new film, The Way back, about an epic escape from the Gulag, and a CV that includes Dead Poet's Society, The Truman Show and Picnic at Hanging Rock.

As part of the Checkmate series on Radio 3 featuring music and conversation about chess, Matthew and guests Jonathan Rowson and David Levy will be debating whether chess at this point in time is losing ground to the popularity of poker.

And Matthew will be congratulating Elyse Fenton, an American poet who has recently won the Dylan Thomas prize for a book of poems inspired by instant messaging conversations she shared with her husband, a medic who was deployed to Iraq during the war.

Producer: Eliane Glaser.

  • Upstairs, Downstairs

    Upstairs, Downstairs begins on BBC One on Boxing Day at 9pm.

  • Peter Weir - The Way Back

    The Way Back is released in UK cinemas on Friday 17th December.

  • Elyse Fenton

    Clamor is published by Cleveland State University.


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