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Lydia Davis, Bill Manhire, Siddhartha Bose, John Robinson

Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' presented by Ian McMillan. This week his guests include Lydia Davis, winner of the Man Booker International Prize, New Zealand's inaugural Poet Laureate Bill Manhire, Siddhartha Bose and John Robinson on 'Pavement Patois'.

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Fri 4 Apr 2014 22:00

Bill Manhire

Bill Manhire

Bill Manhire is New Zealand’s inaugural poet laureate and is now publishing his ‘Selected Poems’ (Carcarnet). He discusses how ‘found language’ can feel like your own, once it’s been shaped into a poem, why the music of line is so important to him, and how a little bit of imperfection in writing can be vital.



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Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis is the winner of the International Man Booker award in 2013, and the master of the very short story. Lydia reads ‘Letter to a Frozen Peas Manufacturer’; discusses the voices of her (sometimes pedantic) narrators and explains the important of syntax in some of her shortest pieces. Her new collection is ‘Can’t and Won’t’ (Hamish Hamilton).



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The Shroud

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The Shroud is the new play by Siddartha Bose, directed by Russell Bender. They tell Ian how the language of this very personal play was informed by their improvisation and devising process which explored the themes of repetition and ritual.


Siddartha Bose

John Robinson

John Robinson

Have you ever wondered what all those coloured markings on the pavement are? John Robinson from Subscan gives us the keys to unlock the ‘Pavement Patois’ used by utility companies to describe the world beneath our feet.




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