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Wednesday 12 March

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WEDNESDAY 12 MARCH

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JAMES LEE BURKE
John Wilson speaks to American crime writer James Lee Burke, about the change in direction with his new epic novel White Doves at Morning, based on his ancestor, a confederate soldier who fought in the American civil war.

White Doves at Morning, by James Lee Burke, Published by Orion Fiction 20 March 2003, ISBN: 0752856502l
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CAMILLE
A new adaptation by Neil Bartlett of Alexandre Dumas's classic love story La Dame aux Camelias . Benedicte Paviot, the French cultural commentator, reviews this play set against 19th century Paris.

'Camille' opens tonight at the Lyric Hammersmith and has a short run until the 12 April 2003, when it goes on tour across the UK
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WILLS
The use of Wills as a plot device. For example, in Cold Meat Party a group of american friends (a gay pop star, a feminist film-maker and a homophobic politician) all meet up at a Manchester B&B for the reading of the will of their deceased college friend. Film historian Ian Christie, writer Hermione Lee and Brad Fraser discuss this plot device.

Cold Meat Party, by Brad Fraser, opens at Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, tonight and runs until 10 May 2003.
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ROLLING STONES IN CHINA
China have finally allowed the Rolling Stones in to play a concert but have banned 4 of their most well known songs.

The Stones are due to play two concerts in the country, in Shanghai on 1 April and in Beijing on 4 April 2003
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BARBERSHOP
African-American politicians are outraged over this hit comedy film in which Martin Luther King and other civil rights heroes are made fun of - by a black actor. Barbershop, is reviewed by critic & hairstylist Daniel Degganes.

Barbershop, Certificate 12 A, opens round the country Friday 14th March 2003.
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SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Why not enter our Short Story Competition? You need to use 5 writer's names any way you like and place it in a literary setting - using only 101 words.
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