4 March 2006
Saturday 4 March 2006 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)
Howard Jacobson gives Ian McMillan a sneak preview of his novel, Kalooki Nights. Plus, David Harsent and Michael Symmons Roberts discuss why poets might turn to writing crime novels.
What makes two award-winning poets turn to a life of crime? David Harsent and Michael Symmons Roberts confide to Ian McMillan why their thoughts and words have turned to murder when they discuss their dual careers as poets and thriller writers.
Also on this week's Verb, the great novelist Howard Jacobson leads us into Kalooki Nights, with a sneak preview of his new novel before it's publication in July. He describes it as the most Jewish novel written anywhere, by anyone, at any time. How can he make this claim? Listen to Howard read from Kalooki Nights for the first time and make up your own mind.
If you're 'cool' you'll know you're 'book' ...because when you use predictive text on your mobile phone, you'll know that when you type in 'cool, it will give you 'book'. Playwright Nicholas McInerny has written The Verb a new play, starring Angus Wright - currently in Measure for Measure at the National Theatre - and actress Suzanna Howard. It's called Gold Muffler and is about a predictive text saturated world in which the predictive text strikes back.
And, we showcase a brilliant young spoken word performer, Jay Bernard, who has been writing since she was 14 years old and is already winning prizes and riveting audiences in their seats.
That's all on The Verb with Ian McMillan at 9.45pm here on BBC Radio 3.
Kalooki Nights by Howard Jacobson is published by Jonathan Cape in July
Patricks Alphabet by Michael Symmons Roberts is published by Jonathan Cape
Cold Kill by David Harsent, writing as David Lawrence, is published by Penguin
Jay Bernard performs at Loud & Proud as part of the Spit Lit Festival of womens writing on Sunday 5 March at 7pm at Oxford House in London. www.applesandsnakes.org
Producer: Ariane Koek