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Iain Banks and David Hare

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 23 April 2012

On St George's Day Andrew Marr discusses national identity and belonging. The playwright David Hare has written a companion piece to a Terrence Rattigan play, set in an English public school. George Benjamin is celebrated as one of England's leading composers, but how far is his work shaped by the French musical tradition? The Scottish writer Iain Banks discusses his novel, Stonemouth, set in a town north of Aberdeen and vividly evoking a sense of place and identity. And Rachel Seiffert examines what happens when an Ulster girl marries a Glaswegian boy, in her latest short story, Hands Across the Water.

Producer: Katy Hickman.


    Sir David Hare is a playwright, theatre and film director.

    'South Downs' is on at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London with Terence Rattigan’s 'The Browning Version' and is running until July.

    South Downs & The Browning Version

    Iain Banks is a writer.

    'Stonemouth' is published by Little, Brown and is also available as an e-book.

    Iain Banks

    Rachel Seiffert is a novelist and short story writer.

    'Hands Across the Water' is published in the spring issue of Granta magazine - GRANTA 119: Britain.

    Granta magazine

    George Benjamin is a composer.

    A retrospective of his work, 'Jubilation: The Music of George Benjamin', takes place at the Southbank Centre in London on 12 and 13 May.

    Jubilation: The Music of George Benjamin


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