Former member of The Velvet Underground, one of rock music's most influential bands, John Cale is staging a performance of his classic album 'Paris 1919' at the Royal Festival Hall in London. We talk to him about revisiting a past he has pretty much ignored until now.
Cameroon Poetry Revival
In an effort to promote home grown literature, Cameroon's culture ministry recently organised a national forum to encourage the writing and teaching of poetry especially poems written by local poets. For the Strand, Francis Ngwa Niba has been asking how popular home-grown poetry is in the central African country.
Harriett talks to Australian novelist Matthew Condon whose epic novel The Trout Opera spans a hundred years, from adventures in the outback in the early twentieth century to drug dealing on the streets of modern day Sydney.
Designer Ron Arad is best known for his curvy bookshelves and moulded armchairs. Now he's designed a building - the Design Museum in Holon just outside Tel Aviv. We assess whether his architecture is as successful as his furniture.Design Museum in Holon
The great romantic pianist and composer, was born 200 years ago. His mother was Polish, he was born in Poland and, during his long years of self-imposed exile, he kept with him a silver cup of Polish soil that was poured on his coffin when he died. For the French, though, Chopin is one of theirs. His name was French. His father was French.
In Paris , John Laurenson has been finding out why Chopin remains so beloved in France.
Joshua Ferris - The Unnamed
American author Joshua Ferris's 2007 novel Then We Came to the End was considered one of the great literary debuts of the last decade. A black comedy set in a Chicago advertising company just as the dot-com bubble burst, critics praised its original voice which captured brilliantly office life.
His second novel The Unnamed is a darker tale about a successful Manhattan lawyer with the seemingly perfect life who develops a mysterious illness which compels him to keep walking. Joshua Ferris discusses why he wanted to write about an invented disease.
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We review the latest offering from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, the man behind such films as Delicatessen and Amelie.
From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…