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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.

Les Murray

The celebrated Australian poet talks about his love of words, his relationship with Australia's Macquarie Dictionary, and the innovations of Australian English.

Loan Words

Writer Kevin Jackson on the words English steals (never mind borrows) from other languages, and the words we loan out in return.

Glyn Maxwell

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

Aminatta Forna

The novelist presents a brand new story, Haywards Heath, written specially for The Verb, and read by Don Warrington.

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