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Jodi Picoult on her new novel Lone Wolf

1 hour, 57 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 30 March 2012

Claudia talks to best-selling American novelist Jodi Picoult about her new book; Lone Wolf.

Welsh poet, author and scriptwriter Owen Sheers discusses the National Theatre of Wales' memory event which marks the first anniversary of its award-winning production, The Passion, which starred Michael Sheen.

Chairman of The Brighton Festival 2012 Polly Toynbee talks us through this year's programme of events, alongside Ed Patrick, AKA Kid Carpet who is appearing there as Kid Carpet and the Noisy Animals who will be performing a punk rock musical for children.

In the 'Tour Guide's Guide To Art', Claudia talks to Dr Harriet McKay, curator of the 'Japan: Kingdom Of Characters' exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre For Visual Arts in Norwich. The exhibition examines why manga and anime characters occupy a special place in the psyche of Japanese people of all ages, and appear everywhere from train tickets and cheques to electric shavers and wine.

Plus Joe Partridge reviews the latest photography exhibitions and The Radio 2 Arts Show Poet In Residence Murray Lachlan Young performs another topical poem specially written for the show.

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  • Chairman of the Brighton Festival 2012 Polly Toynbee and Ed Patrick - 30/03/12

    Chairman of the Brighton Festival 2012 Polly Toynbee and Ed Patrick - 30/03/12

  • Author Jodi Picoult - 30/03/12

    Author Jodi Picoult - 30/03/12

  • Author Owen Sheers - 30/03/12

    Author Owen Sheers - 30/03/12


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    Displaying award-winning images from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year archives. From the wildest landscapes to the most endangered species, Wild Planet showcases 80 beautiful photos. Each photo caption includes the story of how they were taken plus insights into the species featured.

    The Natural History Museum - Official Website
  • The Road to 2012 in Cardiff

    Representing an insight into contemporary approaches to photographic portraiture in the UK. The Gallery invited seven British-based photographers to contribute to the project. They were asked to work on location, in places that were relevant to the sitter’s role in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    The National Portrait Gallery - Official Website
  • Selling Dreams – 100 Years of Fashion Photography in Bristol

    In 1984, iconic fashion photographer Irving Penn commented that he saw his role at Vogue as ‘selling dreams, not clothes’. This exhibition, comprising 80 pictures from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection, illustrates how art directors and photographers shaped generations of style throughout the past century.

    Bristol Art Gallery - Official Website
  • Through the Eyes of Lee Miller in St Leonards On Sea

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    Lucy Bell Gallery - Official Website
  • Murray Lachlan Young's Poem

    The Bard Walks Again

    If William Shakespeare were to walk again
    Across this oval planets mighty span
    Between the messengers of joy and pain
    Back in the torrid world of modern man

    And see beneath the purest driven snow
    The diamond tips of drill-bits deeper go
    Past milk of human kindness turning cold
    To green-eyed monsters in the blackest gold

    And watch the kings of fortune grasp for more
    Cry havoc and unleash the dogs of war
    Against hot blooded foes that slip the snare
    Mutate and vanish into thinnest air

    Where hedge fund alchemists do work
    To witness loss and growth and future gain
    And seek the places algorithms lurk
    And feel the dragon bare its teeth again

    But what could Shakespeare’s voice do but return
    To greet this ear unique unto the age
    With ancient fires that inside still burn
    And know if this were played upon the stage

    With tweets that go tweet and drones that go boom
    And life found on Mars and trips to the moon it

    There’d be but a breath between the now and then
    And comparisons are odorous we know
    But mysteries still move between the gods and men
    The snake still eats its tale within the mystic O

    And down is often up and up is down
    Still heavy is the head that wears the crown
    And mighty is the universal span
    And what a piece of work is still a man

  • THE TOUR GUIDE'S GUIDE TO ART - Japan: Kingdom Of Characters, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

    THE TOUR GUIDE'S GUIDE TO ART - Japan: Kingdom Of Characters, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

    Dr Harriet McKay, curator of 'Japan: Kingdom Of Characters' talks about her favourite parts of the exhibition:

    "Asked to chose which of the objects in the exhibition Japan: Kingdom of Characters that I've curated at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts I find myself rather torn; the imposing 7'-tall figure of Ultraman standing centurion at the exhibition's entrance certainly has a presence...his neighbour, (a four-foot tall) Hello Kitty, wielding a never-diminishing heart-shaped lollipop and apparently frozen in time and space as she 'skips' through the gallery has a glossy sheen as highly polished as her career as the Queen of Cute.

    Equally, the 'Japanese teenage-girl's bedroom', a specially constructed room-set that we have created for the exhibition and which houses every conceivable Hello Kitty product (duvet cover, slippers, DVD player, hairbrush...the list goes on) is certainly a show-stopper; without a doubt assembling the interior, immersed in a sea of pink was a sure highlight of my 30 year curatorship.

    In fact however, and, particularly given my interest in exploring the the phenomenon of 'character-culture' across Japanese society, it is the final section of the exhibition to which I'm most drawn: it includes a series of large photographic banners with images representing the appearance of 'characters' and their every-day adoption by ordinary people in all walks of life and of all ages. I particularly like this straightforward, and in this sense 'honest', photographic portrait of a cross-section of society - the grandfather, the school-girl,the toddler, the businessman - and the character products which inform and add value to contemporary Japanese daily life."

    Find out more about Japan: Kingdom Of Characters
  • Dexys Midnight Runners

    Hear four classic live archived tracks from Kevin Rowland's group, who were in fine form, recorded by the BBC at Newcastle City Hall thirty years ago and rebroadcast by 6 Music's Gideon Coe.

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