BBC Short Story Award; Jack Vettriano retrospective; poet John Cooper Clarke

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With John Wilson,

Front Row announces the shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Awards 2013. Chair of the judges Mariella Frostrup talks about the five authors nominated for the prize, the process of judging the competition and how the exceptional stories stood out. John Wilson also speaks to the first of the nominated authors about their magical and uncanny short story. Front Row will be hearing from the rest of the shortlisted authors and the five stories are broadcast next week on Radio 4.

Punk poet John Cooper Clarke tells John what he thinks of the Arctic Monkeys' version of his poem I Wanna Be Yours, which features on their number one album AM, and why he was partly responsible for the band's name.

Jack Vettriano is one of the UK's most popular artists, his paintings are well known and widely reproduced as greeting cards and posters. But, despite his commercial success, Vettriano's work has often met with a less than enthusiastic response from critics. Kelvingrove Gallery in Glasgow is holding a major retrospective of his work, which includes some of his best loved works which are normally in private collections. Art Critic Moira Jeffrey reviews.

American artist Richard Serra is renowned for his monumental steel sculptures, harking back to his childhood (his father worked in a shipyard) and to the steel mills he worked in as a young man. Drawing is also important to him: he sees it as a way of exploring new ideas and materials. He's now approaching his seventy-fifth birthday and as a new exhibition of his work opens Richard Serra discusses his career, and how art has affected his personal life, as he gives John a personal tour of the twelve drawings which were specially created for this display.

Producer Claire Bartleet.

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John Cooper Clarke

John Cooper Clarke appeared as himself in the 2012 film Ill Manors, directed by Ben Drew (better known as Plan B). He is shown performing a poem entitled Pity the Plight of Young Fellows.

BBC National Short Story Award 2013

The shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Award 2013 is announced today and the winner will be announced on 8 October 3013. 

Jack Vettriano

Jack Vettriano
Jack Vettriano: A Retrospective is at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow until 23 February 2014.

Gallery: Images from the exhibition Jack Vettriano: A Retrospective


Role Contributor
PresenterJohn Wilson
Interviewed GuestJohn Cooper Clarke
Interviewed GuestRichard Serra
Interviewed GuestMariella Frostrup
ProducerClaire Bartleet

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