2010 London Jazz Festival starts this weekend presenting a fortnight of UK and international names. Among the most eagerly awaited homegrown talent is acclaimed saxophonist Soweto Kinch. He speaks with Mark about his latest album; an exciting mix of straight ahead jazz and old style blues alongside modern instrumentation, skit tracks and rap - and it's full of indignation - including tracks about call centres and debt collectors.London Jazz Festival
READ MY COUNTRY: IRELAND
Colm Toibin Photo: Steve PykeColm Toibin
Colm Toibin, the award-winning Irish novelist with a new collection of short stories called The Empty Family out now, chooses three pieces of writing which he believes would introduce the reader to the character and culture of his country, past and present.
His choices: The Aran Islands by J M Synge; Castle Rackrent by Maria Edgeworth and Making Love Outside Aras an Uachtarain by the poet Paul Durcan
Out of the Ashes
Out of the Ashes is a documentary about the unexpected adventures of the Afghan cricket team. The film follows their dedicated coach and his players during training in Afghanistan and in their travels as they successfully get into international competitions. Co-directors Leslie Knott and Lucy Martens tell Mark Coles about the eventful making of the film.
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