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Andre Brink
South African novelist, Andre Brink, talks about his latest novel, Philida, based on a real woman, a slave, bought and sold by one of his ancestors. He talks about the lessons to be learned from that time and questions whether South Africa today has learnt anything from slavery, and perhaps whether the violence and oppressiveness of that time has been overshadowed by Apartheid. Is now the time to dig deeper?

Attica Locke
African-American crime writer Attica Locke talks about her latest novel The Cutting Season, set on an old plantation in the deep South where the dark history of slavery hangs heavily over the present day.

Pakistani truck art on the catwalk
For decades Pakistani truck drivers have been painting their trucks and lorries with colourful artwork to remind them of their home villages in the countryside. Nosheen Abbas reports on how this art is now inspiring fashion designers in Karachi.

Toure Raichel Collective
A chance meeting at an airport has led to a sumptous album combining Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure and Israeli pianist Idan Raichel. We hear about their ambitions for the project

Chinese Art
Art of Change: New Directions from China - we visit the Hayward Gallery in London to hear more about how Chinese artists are changing their approach to installation art.

Albanian Bunkers
Albanian dictator Enva Hoxha had a staggering 750,000 mushroom-shaped bunkers constructed across the country to safeguard the regime from external attack. They're now being re-used in imaginative ways

Somalil Culture
The first time since 1991 Somalia has chosen a new leader from inside the country. A sign, perhaps, that things are changing and the country might be returning to a degree of normality after two decades of conflict. But has there been any sign of a resurgence of arts and culture in Somalia?

Jennifer Egan
Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jennifer Egan talks about writing her new story, Black Box, in tweets.

Photo shows Attica Locke

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Mon 17 Sep 2012 03:05 GMT