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Gabriel Gbadamosi and guests discuss The Kurds: Nationalism and Politics, a new book which tackles the subject of ethnicity and power.


They comprise of some 25 million people, speak several different languages and are scattered over often wild terrain in many different countries. They have been a particular thorn in the side of the governments in Teheran, Baghdad, and Ankara. But who are The Kurds? In tonight's Night Waves, Gabriel Gbadamosi and guests discuss the importance of the Kurds, their history and culture and how the 20th Century has been for them one of persecution and denial. Fred Haliday and David McDowall describe the problems of a people in search of a state.

For over 40 years the American born artist Kitaj was a central presence in British art. He was friends with the likes of Hockney and Lucien Freud and became part of what became known as the "London School". His greatest legacy in London remains the giant tapestry hanging in the entrance of the British Library. In the late Nineties Kitaj left Britain following the death of his wife and a falling out with the British art media. Only now has he returned with a major exhibition of small paintings that dwell on his Jewishness and his relationship with great artists and writers from the past. Gabriel Gbadamosi finds out what the latest Kitaj looks like.

And also on the programme - Has British theatre become dull and worthy? Have British playwrights cut themselves off from Europe in an act of cultural insularity which is impoverishing British theatre? In this evening's Night Waves the playwright David Edgar attempts to defend our home-grown theatre from these accusations in debate with critic and author Aleks Sierz.

And Gabriel is joined by Zarah Hussain, a second generation British-Pakistani artist who draws on Islamic traditions of using geometry and abstraction to represent the spiritual. Night Waves, presented by Gabriel Gbadamosi, tonight at 9.30 live here on BBC Radio 3.

Additional information

'The Theatre of Martin Crimp' by Aleks Sierz is published by Methuen Drama.

'The Kurds, Nationalism and Politics' edited by Faleh A Jabar and Hosham Dawod is published this month by Saqi Books. 'A Modern History of The Kurds' by David McDowall is published by I B Tauris.

Zarah Hussain's exhibition 'The Beauty of Abstraction' is on display at the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery from 18 Nov 2006 - 15 Jan 2007.

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