Margaret Atwood on her first opera, Neel Mukherjee and Quirke

Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood discusses the world premiere of her first opera Pauline, live from Vancouver; Ranald McInnes on the Glasgow Art School fire; Neel Mukherjee on his new novel The Lives of Others, set during the political unrest in India in the 1960s; Amat Escalante, director of new film Heli, reveals the background to his drama about drugs, violence and corruption in a remote community in rural Mexico; and Jake Arnott reviews new British TV drama Quirke starring Gabriel Byrne and written by Andrew Davies and Conor McPherson, an adaptation of the novels by Benjamin Black (John Banville).

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Pauline is a new opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes. The world premiere takes place tonight at the York Theatre in Vancouver at 8pm local time. 

Gallery: Images of the Pauline dress rehearsal

Margaret Atwood at a workshop for Pauline © Michelle Doherty 



Quirke begins on BBC One on Sunday 25 May at 9pm.

Neel Mukherjee

Neel Mukherjee

The Lives of Others a new novel by Neel Mukherjee is out now in hardback, paperback and ebook.

Image: © Nick Tucker



Heli, directed by Amat Escalante, is in cinema in key cities from this weekend, certificate 18.


Role Contributor
PresenterKirsty Lang
Interviewed GuestMargaret Atwood
Interviewed GuestRanald McInnes
Interviewed GuestNeel Mukherjee
Interviewed GuestAmat Escalante
Interviewed GuestJake Arnott
ProducerJerome Weatherald

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