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Toby Litt, Will Ford, Tom Chatfield, David Toop

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 28 February 2014

Ian McMillan's guests are the dramatist Will Ford, Toby Litt on Kafka, Tom Chatfield on the internet and language change and David Toop.

  • Toby Litt

    Toby Litt

    Author Toby Litt has been avoiding writing about Kafka. His essay for ‘Morphologies: Short Story Writers on Short Story Writers’ (Comma Press) addresses his anxieties about Kafka and asks whether he should find his writing funny.



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  • David Toop

    David Toop

    David Toop is a musician, author and curator. David tells the story of his relationship with a clapping song from the Island of Barra, ‘Who Will Go Mad With Me?’, as sung by Mary Morrison. David first heard the song in 1971, and has been haunted by it ever since. He has recently collaborated with songwriter Alasdair Roberts to create a response to the song.



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  • Tom Chatfield

    Tom Chatfield

    Tom Chatfield is a writer and technology theorist. His latest book is ‘Netymology: From Apps to Zombies: A Linguistic Celebration of the Digital World’ (Quercus). Language change on the internet happens quickly, and Tom is here to delve into one of the changes that has happened since the publication of his book, and explain how the word ‘Because’ has now become a preposition.



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  • Will Ford

    Will Ford makes his writing debut with ‘Love on the Rocks’, a short play about love, technology and communication. This is the final play in our series on the theme of ‘Love and Hate’, produced with the BBC Writer’s Room.


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