Les Murray, Loan Words, Glyn Maxwell, Aminatta Forna
Presented by Ian McMillan. With Australian poet Les Murray, Kevin Jackson on word borrowing, Glyn Maxwell's libretto for the opera The Lion's Face and a story by Aminatta Forna.
The celebrated Australian poet talks about his love of words, his relationship with Australia's Macquarie Dictionary, and the innovations of Australian English.
Writer Kevin Jackson on the words English steals (never mind borrows) from other languages, and the words we loan out in return.
The poet and dramatist discusses his libretto for new opera The Lion's Face, which centres on a character with Alzheimer's Disease.
The Lion's Face premieres at The Brighton Festival on May 20th before touring round the country throughout the summer. More details at thelionsface.wordpress.com
The novelist presents a brand new story, Haywards Heath, written specially for The Verb, and read by Don Warrington.