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25 January 2008

Friday 25 January 2008 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)

Ian McMillan celebrates Burns' Night and talks to playwright Roy Williams in his weekly cabaret of language.

Duration:

45 minutes

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Ian McMillan celebrates Burns' Night on The Verb this week with a brand new poem from W N Herbert, 'Rabbie, Rabbie Burning Bright'. Also on the programme, playwright Roy Williams talks to Ian about writing plays for teenagers and why his dramas tend to have short, punchy lines and no long speeches.

Poet John Gallas shares his strange bestiary of animals, including Morten Mortenssen the Fat Pig and the obscenely wealthy Zigismund Walrus and Ian hears about the fight to save the endangered language Guernsey French.

All that, and the final instalment of Joanna Kavenna's story The Plastic Oracle, which couldn't be squeezed into last week's half hour programme.

*Angel House by Roy Williams opens at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich on 1st February, and then goes on tour to Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds and Northampton and his play Baby Girl is on at the National Theatre in London from 21st February.

*The Book With Twelve Tales by John Gallas is published by Carcanet.




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