Howard Jacobson; Helen Lederer; Bob and Roberta Smith

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Howard Jacobson, who won the 2010 Man Booker prize with The Finkler Question, has been nominated again for his new novel, called J, which is set in a dystopian future where people are afraid to talk about the past.

Helen Lederer meets John Wilson at Dick Whittington's cat statue in London. Helen's brought the statue to life as part of a Talking Statues initiative, where 35 statues in London and Manchester will tell their own stories.

The artist Bob & Roberta Smith talks about Art Party, his documentary advocating the importance of art and its place in education. It's being released in cinemas this Thursday - the same day as this year's GCSE results - and Bob & Roberta explains why.

The Scottish Poetry Library has published "Tools of the Trade" a collection of poems for new doctors. One of the editors of the collection, Dr Lesley Morrison, and a newly qualified doctor, Dr Jude Fleming, discuss the place of poetry in contemporary Medicine.

Image: Howard Jacobson
Photo Credit: Keke Keukelaar

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Claire Bartleet.

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Talking Statues

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Statues across London and Manchester come to life from Tuesday 19 August 2014, for more information please go to the Talking Statues website.

Poems for New Doctors

Poems for New Doctors
Tools of the Trade: Poems for New Doctors edited by Lesley Manson, John Gillies and Ali Newell is published by Scottish Poetry Library.

Howard Jacobson

J written by Howard Jacobson is published by Jonathan Cape.


Role Contributor
PresenterJohn Wilson
Interviewed GuestHoward Jacobson
Interviewed GuestHelen Lederer
Interviewed GuestPatrick Brill
Interviewed GuestLesley Morrison
Interviewed GuestJude Fleming
ProducerClaire Bartleet

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