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11 April 2008

Friday 11 April 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)

On The Verb this week Ian McMillan attempts to rescue the semicolon from possible extinction and discusses whether there are words which should be banned from contemporary poetry.

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45 minutes

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On The Verb this week Ian McMillan attempts to rescue the semicolon from possible extinction and discusses whether there are words which should be banned from contemporary poetry.

Writers in France are worried that the semicolon is dying out in French Literature. As it's Ian's favourite punctuation mark, he wants to make sure that doesn't happen here so on The Verb this week novelist Toby Litt offers his guide to using the semicolon. Also on the show, Booker nominated author Lloyd Jones talks to Ian about perceptions of New Zealand writers and shares part of a brand new story with The Verb, and poet Roddy Lumsden reveals a list of words that he thinks today's poets should try very hard to avoid. Peter Davidson reads from his remarkable new collection of poetry and duo Project Adorno, who write songs in praise of authors and libraries, perform.

The Palace of Oblivion by Peter Davidson is published by Carcanet




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