21 September 2007
Friday 21 September 2007 21:45-22:30 (Radio 3)
Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language and literature, with new work from David Morley, following and remaking the poetry of the Romani language, new performance from the beat-boxing Beardyman and a new commission from novelist Sarah Hall.
In case you hadn't realised - The Verb is back -- and that means its show time!
Ian McMillan talks to David Morley, the author of what promises to be one of the most thrilling volumes of poetry published this year - The Invisible Kings. Written partly in English and partly in Romani his poetry moves and sounds like music..it zings with images from the natural world and gives voice to a culture that's emerging from the shadows.
Sarah Hall & D.J. Taylor
There are also two brand new pieces of writing inspired by water in general and flooding in particular. A short story by Sarah Hall, whose novel, The Electric Michelangelo was on the Booker Shortlist not so long ago..and a meditation on words and water by her fellow novelist, D.J.Taylor.
Peter Blegvad has composed one of his inimitable audio cartoons on the perils and pains of persistant scriptorum carborundum, also known as writer's block.
The Verb resonates to the sound of Beat Boxing - we have a short, not to say punchy guide to the history and practice of Beat Boxing from the acknowledged master, Beardyman