Winnie the Opera
A review of new opera based on the life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, performed at the South African state theatre in Pretoria.

Harare Festival of Arts 2011
The BBC's Steve Vickers mixes with leading Zimbabwean actors and musicians at Zimbabwe's annual international arts festival. From the play 'Rituals' which deals with political guilt to a rap poet determined to say what he wants when he wants - these are artists not to afraid to speak out about their country and its leadership.

Dylan at 70
We celebrate Bob Dylan's 70th birthday. Mark Coles is joined by Dylan biographer Howard Sounes and by the literary critic Sir Christoper Ricks who maintains Dylan is not a lyricist, but a poet. We'll also hear from Dylan's son Jakob and find out why Bob Dylan is still relevant today.

The Beaver
Mel Gibson has had his fair share of acclaim and controversy and in his latest film he's directed by Jodie Foster in The Beaver, a quirky film about troubled husband and high flying executive who adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communication. We talk to critic Owen Gleiberman.

George Makana Clark
Novelist George Makana Clark grew up in Rhodesia, (modern day Zimbabwe), and has written a harrowing novel, The Raw Man, based on his childhood there. He talks to The Strand about coming of age during a brutal civil war, and the importance of story telling.

The Arbor
Harriett talks to Clio Barnard the director behind The Arbor, a portrayal of the late British playwright Andrea Dunbar.

Ernesto Sabato
The Argentinian novelist Ernesto Sabato died at the weekend, just a few weeks before his 100th birthday. Best known for his novel The Tunnel, he was also a political figure who chaired an investigation into the disappearance of thousands of people under Argentina's military dictatorship. The Strand discusses his life and work.

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Mon 9 May 2011 02:05 GMT