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Julia Copus, Charles Fernyhough, Paul Heaton, Tania Herschman

Duration:
45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 13 July 2012

Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word'. His guests include:

Tania Hershman who presents 'Massless' - a piece of 'Flash Fiction' written especially for The Verb and inspired by the discovery of the Higgs-Boson. Her short story collection 'My Mother was an Upright Piano' is published by Tangent Books.

Charles Fernyhough, with an investigation of the way memory works, 'Pieces of Light', in which he combines science writing and autobiography (Profile Books).

Julia Copus reads from her new poetry collection 'The World's Two Smallest Humans', which explores her fascination with the arc of time, and interior landscapes (Faber).

Paul Heaton's songs have been the soundtrack for a generation. He honed his songwriting as part of the Housemartins and The Beautiful South - now he's touring with a project called 'The 8th' - described as a hybrid, part pop song cycle, part opera. He also performs music from his forthcoming solo album.

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