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Sam West on directing Close the Coalhouse Door

Duration:
1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 24 February 2012

Claudia previews Sunday's 84th Academy Awards with film critic Peter Bradshaw.

Actor and director Samuel West discusses directing Alan Plater's seminal play Close The Coalhouse Door which charts the lives of the north east's mining communities through folk songs from the 1830s to the 1960s.

Artistic Director of the Bath Literature Festival James Runcie and actress and author Harriet Walter talk about this year's event which features special events and public readings to mark the 100th International Women's Day.

Minimalist artist and musician Martin Creed, who won the 2001 Turner Prize for his controversial work "The lights going on and off" and is a major cultural contributor to the upcoming Olympics, discusses his new single "Where You Go."

In the 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art', Claudia speaks to Rebecca Shawcross, Shoe Resources Officer at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery. One of the great shoemaking towns, Northampton's museum is home to the world's biggest shoe collection, and features 12,000 items from Egyptian to modern day, documentary footage and shoes depicted in fine art.

Plus Radio 2 Arts Show Poet In Residence Murray Lachlan Young returns with a specially written arts poem to celebrate World Book Day which is on Thursday 1st March.

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  • THE 84TH ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS

    The 84th Academy Awards ceremony is on February 26th in Hollywood.

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    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
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    BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
    Berenice Bejo – The Artist
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    BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
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    BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
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    BEST ANIMATION
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    BEST ORIGINAL SONG
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    BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
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    BEST ART DIRECTION
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    BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
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    BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
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    BEST MAKE-UP
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    BEST SOUND MIXING
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    BEST SOUND EDITING
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    The Oscars - Official Website
  • MURRAY LACHLAN YOUNG'S WORLD BOOK DAY POEM

    When All The Books Are Gone

    A book is a book, is a book, is a book.
    You open the pages you look at the book
    The letters make words and the words become thoughts
    And they hopefully give you the knowledge you sought

    But what if a book is no longer a book?
    But a book is a thing that can sit on a screen
    And the thing has everything that you want
    From the good to the bad to the really obscene

    From Peter Pan to Aristotle
    The bodice ripper, bible, Blake
    Thingy’s battle with the bottle
    Clarkson’s guff, Nigella's bake!

    Find a spouse build a house
    All in a virtual shopping cart
    All at the click of a magical mouse
    The screen is clean the phone is smart

    The words online for all to see
    As thoughts and fingers take their flight
    And usually the words are free
    From friend to friend to network site

    A thousand million digits tapping
    Expellation convolution?
    To the sound of one hand clapping
    The: popular, literary revolution?

    And every one a publisher
    As bookshops fade in blinding light
    And not a single editor
    Backlit screens and dotcom might

    Information, information
    Blogosphere to tweet to tome
    Navigate the cyber nation
    To interact, connect then home

    The game is up the word is final
    The e book like a future car
    Paper is the latest vinyl
    i books read by avatar

    Narrator, everything you need
    But what has changed at closer look
    A backlit screen a touch screen read?
    The book is dead long live the book!

  • WORLD BOOK DAY

    The 15th World Book Day is on Thursday March 1st. It’s the biggest celebration of books and reading in the world, marked in over 100 countries. Its main aim in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children and teenagers to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own.

    World Book Day - Official Website
  • Theatre Director, Sam West 24/02/12

    Theatre Director, Sam West 24/02/12

  • Artistic Director James Runcie and actress/writer Harriet Walter - 24/02/12

    Artistic Director James Runcie and actress/writer Harriet Walter - 24/02/12

  • Artist/Musician Martin Creed - 24/0212

    Artist/Musician Martin Creed - 24/0212

  • THE TOUR GUIDE'S GUIDE TO ART - NORTHAMPTON MUSEUM & GALLERY' SHOE COLLECTION

    THE TOUR GUIDE'S GUIDE TO ART - NORTHAMPTON MUSEUM & GALLERY' SHOE COLLECTION

    Shoe Resources Officer Rebecca Shawcross tells us about her favourite exhibit at the shoe collection at Northampton Museum & Gallery

    "This boot is probably the most popular exhibit on display in the museum and visitors regularly come back to see it with their children and then grand children. The boot was one of four made for the British Alpine Hannibal Expedition in 1959 where they tried to recreate and track Hannibal’s route during his invasion of Italy in the 3rd Century BC.

    Included in the team was an eleven year old elephant named "Jumbo" donated by the Turin Zoo. To protect her from the weather she had a canvas coat and trunk cover and to protect her feet a set of canvas and leather boots. These boots were made by craftsmen at Lotus Ltd in Northampton using the patterns supplied. To find out the size of her feet the elephant stood on a large sheet of paper and someone drew round her feet!

    It’s my favourite item because being surrounded by thousands of shoes worn by people, I really like the thought that an elephant once wore this boot!"

    Find out more about the museum's shoe collection
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    Fairport Convention session

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