iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for The Strand - Friday 18th June 2010

Play now 28 mins

The Strand - Friday 18th June 2010

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Friday 18 June 2010

The best of the world's arts, film, music, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

In today's programme: The Portugeuse novelist Jose Saramago, a South African opera, dramatising the defining moments in the life of Nelson Mandela, and the novel To Kill a Mockingbird is 50 years old.


3 items
  • Jose Saramago

    Farewell to Jose Saramago, Portuguese Nobel laureate who's died aged 87.

  • African Songbook

    Nelson Mandela the opera: a major new piece of musical theatre.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird at 50

    50 years since its publication, why Harper Lee's novel still matters to all of us.

  • Jose Saramago

    Jose Saramago

    The acclaimed Portuguese novelist who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1998, has died at the age of 87.Saramago, a communist and atheist, only began to become recognised for his work in his fifties. One of his best-known novels is Blindness, written in 1995, which tells the story of a country whose entire population lose their sight. Professor Amanada Hopkinson, who recently turned Saramago's blogs into a book called The Notebook discusses his legacy.

  • African Songbook

    African Songbook

    The eyes of the world will be firmly focussed on South Africa for the next month as they host the 2010 Football World Cup. In celebration of the event, Cape Town Opera has produced a new three act opera, dramatising the defining moments in the life of Nelson Mandela. From the music of the Xhosa people from the 1920's and 1930's, to the sounds of the local dance hall and finally the powerful emotions of incarceration and freedom, the production fuses traditional African music and rhythms with old style opera. Journalist and writer Marianne Thamm reviews the production.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird at 50

    To Kill a Mockingbird at 50

    Within its 300 pages, the small fictional town of Maycomb in the Depression-ravaged American South is memorably evoked by Harper Lee
    (above). Her debut novel in June 1960 -published just before the peak of the American civil rights movement,was a huge critical and commercial success, earning the Pulitzer Prize, sales of 30 million and translation into 40 languages.The acclaimed African American writer Attica Locke,Mississippi-based Nigerian novelist Sefi Atta and the US academic Diane Roberts appraise this iconic book on its 50th anniversary.


  1. Image for World Book Club

    World Book Club

    From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss