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23/02/2011

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28 minutes
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Wednesday 23 February 2011

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

In today's programme: we review the new film No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman, there's a report from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on this year's Prince of Poetry competition, we speak to Irish novelist Edna O'Brien about her new collection of short stories and we look at the Danish film In a Better World which is one of the nominations for best foreign language film at this year's Oscars.

Chapters

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  • No Strings Attached

    With the Academy Awards looming, we ask if this is Natalie Portman's great moment.

  • Prince of Poets

    How protest in the Arab world is influencing the region's poets.

  • Edna O'Brien

    A new book from 80-year-old Irish author Edna O'Brien.

  • In a Better World

    We put the case for Danish film "In a Better World" to win foreign-language Oscar...

  • NO STRINGS ATTACHED

    NO STRINGS ATTACHED

    It's Natalie Portman's moment. After the Oscar nominated Black Swan, here she comes again in a film about relationships; he wants strings... she doesn't. People Magazine's Alynda Wheat reviews it for The Strand.

    Photo shows Natalie Portman at the No Strings Attached premiere in California. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty.

  • ARAB POETRY: COMPETITION, PROTEST AND LOVE

    ARAB POETRY: COMPETITION, PROTEST AND LOVE

    The poet Dawood Azami (above) reports from Abu Dhabi about this year's Prince of Poetry competition. It's one of the biggest poetry events in the world with a quarter million dollar prize and live TV transmission - but this year's real excitement has been the poets responding to events in the Arab world.

    Prince of Poets
  • EDNA O'BRIEN

    EDNA O'BRIEN

    At 80 years old, the novelist and queen of Irish letters has a new collection of short stories - Saints and Sinners. She talks to Harriett Gilbert.

    Photo shows Edna O'Brien in 1962. Brian Wharton/Getty

  • IN A BETTER WORLD

    IN A BETTER WORLD

    Neils Frid puts forward the case for the Danish film "In a Better World" to win the best foreign language film Oscar. Co-written and directed by Suzanne Bier, this is her second nomination in 5 years.


    Photo shows actress Mo'Nique (L) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak reading the nominees for Best Foreign Film at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Nominations Announcement.
    Photo: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty

    In a Better World - Sony Classics

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