Tuesday 22 April 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)
Isabel Hilton is joined by former editor of The Economist Bill Emmott to consider Japan's role alongside China and India in a newly emerging world order. This is the first time that Asia has had three great regional powers and this, argues Emmott, presents great dangers, as well as opportunities, for the world economy.
Bill Emmott, the former editor of the Economist and acclaimed Japan watcher, has written a new book examining the intriguing and shifting relationships between Japan, India and China - the great powers of Asia. In "Rivals" he describes the potential power struggle that may develop between these three nations in the coming decade - and it's not just a question of the rise and rise of China. He talks to Isabel Hilton about Japan's recovery and about the country's fearful association with her close neighbour - China.
Rivals: How the Power Struggle Between China, India and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade is published by Allen Lane
Gillian K Ferguson
Poet Gillian K Ferguson talks about her book, The Human Genome: Poems on the Book of Life for which she was awarded the £25,000 Creative Scotland Award. The Human Genome has taken five years to complete and consists of 1000 pages of poetry. Isabel discusses this major piece of work with Gillian. Click here to see The Human Genome website.
Isabel Hilton reviews the new film adaptation of Persepolis; the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi that makes dramatic use of her childhood experience to satirise the Islamic Revolution in Iran.
Persepolis is released on Friday 25 April, certificate 12A
The poet Katrina Porteous mourns the fading song of the Skylark in the North East of England.