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29 February 2008

Friday 29 February 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)

Ian McMillan talks to young writer Junot Diaz, who is taking the American literary scene by storm and who has written a new story specially for the programme. Plus a performance from poet and spoken word artist George Pringle.

Duration:

45 minutes

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On The Verb this week Ian McMillan talks to Junot Diaz, whose first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is getting the kind of reviews that every writer dreams of.

He talks to Ian about his love of playing with different languages, why his readers should expect to be learning as well as enjoying the story and the unreliable footnotes he's included in his book.

Also on the programme, poets Mark Thomson and Gary Robertson celebrate the Dundee dialect, read their poetry and correct Ian's attempts at the Dundee accent and The Verb uncovers another lost Nobel Laureate, this time it's the turn of Sardinian writer Grazia Deledda to be rediscovered. Professor Sharon Wood from Leicester University tells Ian why she's worth reading.

And there's performance from George Pringle with her unique combination of beats and poetry.


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz is published by Faber.

Bard Fae Thi Buildin Site by Mark Thomson and Pure Dundee by Gary Robertson are both published by Luath Press.

The Challenge of Modernity: Essays on Grazia Deledda edited by Sharon Wood is published by Troubadour Press.




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