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Creativity: Jonah Lehrer

43 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 30 April 2012

On Start the Week Andrew Marr discusses creativity with the writer Jonah Lehrer. In his latest book, Imagine, Lehrer unpicks the creative process in both science and art, to ask where inventiveness and imagination spring from, and how they can be harnessed. Experimental sound artist, Scanner, talks about creating unique musical compositions and his latest collaboration with the Heritage Orchestra at the Brighton Festival; and the novelist Joanna Kavenna considers the importance of nourishing creative ideas in writing fiction. She argues that everyone is born creative, although as we get older this innate imaginative ability is often suppressed or side-lined. Finally, the chemist, Rachel O'Reilly, explains the importance of the creative process in scientific research and how blue-sky thinking aids developments in nano-materials and technology.

Producer: Katy Hickman.


    Jonah Lehrer is a contributing editor at Wired and an author.

    ‘Imagine: How Creativity Works’ is published by Canongate.

    Jonah Lehrer

    Joanna Kavenna is a novelist.

    ‘Come to the Edge’ will be published by Quercus in July.

    Joanna Kavenna

    Robin Rimbaud – aka Scanner – is an experimental sound artist.

    Scanner and Heritage Orchestra rework Joy Division at the Brighton Festival on Friday 18 May at 8.30pm at Brighton Dome, Concert Hall.


    Dr Rachel O’Reilly is a research fellow in the Chemistry Department at the University of Warwick.

    Dr Rachel O'Reilly


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