25/03/2010

David Byrne is about to release Here Lies Love, a concept album about Imelda Marcos, a song cycle which he co-wrote with Fatboy Slim. He tells Kirsty Lang about the inspiration for the project and some of the unlikely facts he learned about Imelda.

Award-winning crime writer Dreda Say Mitchell reviews Perrier's Bounty, a comedy crime thriller set in Dublin, starring Cillian Murphy, Jim Broadbent and Brendan Gleeson.

The Million's Poet is a televised poetry competition which airs live weekly across the Arab world, broadcast from Abu Dhabi. It takes the form of an X Factor-style talent competition, and one of its most hotly-tipped contestants is a Saudi woman who has caused controversy by attacking hard-line Muslim clerics in her poetry. Journalist Ibrahim Khayat talks to Kirsty, from Dubai, about the hype and controversy surrounding the programme and its star.

Britain's leading cultural and heritage organisations have combined forces to produce a document, Cultural Capital: A Manifesto For The Future. Sir Nick Hytner, artistic director of The National Theatre, explains to Kirsty Lang how investing in culture and heritage can help Britain's social and economic recovery from recession.

Writer and academic Kathryn Hughes reviews a new interactive exhibition at Kensington Palace in which the royal residence is brought to life by a series of avant-garde installations, theatrical performances and specially-commissioned dresses by designers including Vivienne Westwood.

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