Live from Broadcasting House
Ian McMillan with a live edition of his cabaret of the word from the BBC Radio Theatre, featuring a Chekhov-inspired performance by improvisational group The Factory.
The first living female playwright to have a play - Her Naked Skin - performed on the National Theatre's Olivier Stage, Rebecca is also the author of Shoreditch Madonna; A Soldier's Tale and The Night Season. She presents a brand new commission written specially for the programme.
Poet-in-residence on Radio Four's Saturday Live, Luke Wright is a winner of the Time Out Critics' Circle Award and "the hard-working heir to John Hegley", according to The Guardian. He performs new work from his show The Petty Concerns of Luke Wright.
Specialising in improvised versions of celebrated plays, The Factory have been called "super cool" and "unforgettable" by critics. As part of Radio 3's ongoing Chekhov celebrations, they give his play The Seagull the unique Factory treatment.
Novelist Toby Litt presents another of his much-loved Verb Guides, this time to 17th-century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho's famous 'frog haiku':
Faru ike ya
mizu no oto
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The winner of the 2009 Costa Book Award discusses his moving poetry collection The Scattering.