14 March 2008
Friday 14 March 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)
Ian McMillan talks to Joe Dunthorne and Ross Raisin about their teenage creations. Peter Zilahy reads from his autobiography and we have performances by the American singer, Alela Diane and comic poet Luke Wright.
Teenagers may be a modern invention but they seem to have been around forever. They certainly feature heavily in literature - from Madame de Lafayette's Princesse de Cleves to J.D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye.
This week in The Verb Ian McMillan will be inviting you to meet the latest in this venerable and long line - Oliver Tate and Sam Marsdyke - the respective heroes of books by Joe Dunthorne and Ross Raisin - themselves barely out of their teens and already being hailed as the young guns of British fiction.
There'll also be performances by the American singer, Alela Diane whose CD, The Pirate's Gospel, was one of the revelations of last year and Luke Wright - the new champion of comic verse.
To round things off the Hungarian writer, Peter Zilahy will be reading from his extraordinary alphabet autobiography - a personal primer but a report too from the streets of the former Yugoslavia in the turbulent Eighties and Nineties.
Submarine BY Joe Dunthorne is published by Hamish Hamilton.
God's Own Country by Ross Raisin is published by Penguin Viking.
The Last Window Giraffe by Peter Zilahy is published by Anthem Press.
Luke Wright, Poet and Man - UK Tour continues till 11th June. More details here.
Alela Diane's albumn The Pirate's Gospel is released by Names Records.
For tickets for the Live Verb click here.