Virginia Woolf Portraits, Richard Flanagan, Medical History, The Security Services in Fiction

Curator Frances Spalding and Dr Alexandra Harris discuss what portaits of Virginia Woolf convey of her character as a new exhibition opens at the National Portrait Gallery.

Richard Flanagan's father was a Japanese POW on the "Death Railway". The Australian novelist's new book The Narrow Road to the Deep North was inspired by this.

New Generation Thinker Alun Withey looks back at medical history.

Stella Rimington, former director general of MI5 and diplomat Alan Judd discuss turning their experiences of the security services into fiction.

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Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision is at the National Portrait Gallery until Sunday 26 October 2014.

Image: Virginia Woolf by Vanessa Bell c.1912 © Estate of Vanessa Bell, courtesy Henrietta Garnett. Photo credit: © National Trust / Charles Thomas

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan is published by Chatto & Windus.

Image: © Ulf Andersen

New Generation Thinkers 2014

New Generation Thinkers 2014

Alun Withey from the University of Exeter  is one of this year's New Generation Thinkers. Alun is currently researching The Medical World of Early Modern England 1500-1715 including, The Cultural History of the Beard.

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Stella Rimington

Stella Rimington

Close Call: A Liz Carlyle Novel by Stella Rimington is published by Bloomsbury.

Image: © Jamie Hughes 

Alan Judd

Alan Judd

Inside Enemy by Alan Judd is published by Simon & Schuster

Image: © Colin Bell 


Role Contributor
PresenterAnne McElvoy
Interviewed GuestFrances Spalding
Interviewed GuestAlexandra Harris
Interviewed GuestRichard Flanagan
Interviewed GuestAlun Withey
Interviewed GuestStella Rimington
Interviewed GuestAlan Judd
ProducerHarry Parker

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