The BBC World Service writer-in-residence, Hamid Ismailov, is back from Africa with his thoughts on the continent's literary culture. As a prolific Uzbek writer, Hamid met up-and-coming writers throughout West Africa. His World Service blog has also been covering the disturbances in his part of the world, in Central Asia, as he reflects on the moral issues of ethnic clashes around the world.
Elif Shafak - Cultural Tour of Istanbul
The award winning Turkish writer Elif Shafak takes us on a personal cultural tour of the city. Her latest book "The 40 Rules of Love" focuses on the characters from ancient Turkey and sufism, a subject close to her heart, whose many symbols can be seen on the streets of Istanbul, many of her other books have the city playing an important role.Elif Shafak
Elif starts her tour of Istanbul in a café in the Tunel region of the city, high on a hill above the famous waterfront.
Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries
The Strand visits a new exhibition celebrating the remarkable collaboration of scientists, conservators and art historians in the study of the materials and techniques of Western European paintings that allows them to uncover the fakes, the mistakes and unrecognised masterpieces.National Gallery
Can Bin Laden and Hitler Make Better Bollywood's Box Office Bust?
Recent news from Mumbai suggests that in order to stir interest in flagging domestic ticket sales, some Bollywood producers are experimenting with making films about controversial characters such as Osama Bin Laden and Hitler. Will such controversial film treatments reverse the box office bust? The Strand's Bollywood critic Anil Sinanin, just back from Mumbai, tells Bidisha what he thinks.
Rokia Traore is fiercely proud of what she calls her modernity, her openness to new things, and she wants to support other young Malian musicians that see themselves in the same way. Martin Vogl reports from Bamako on the progress of the initiative Rokia Traore has started up - the Foundation Passerelle.
'Karnaval : Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti' is an astonishing book of photographs from a decade of Kanaval in the city of Jacmel in Haiti. Photographer Leah Gordon talks to Bidisha about Jacmel, her photographs and the tortured colonial history that they represent.
Brad Paisley is a new kind of cowboy: a country singer with a difference. Instead of the nostalgic standby lines of country songs - lyrics about Honky Tonks and guns, Brad sings about internet dating, facials and racism. A likeable guy with a witty sense of humour, Brad tells Mark Coles about updating country and of his meeting with President Obama.
From Alice Walker to Chinua Achebe, the world's greatest authors discuss their best known novel.…