Tim Minchin, Galician Poetry, Blake Bailey, the Life of Harold Massingham
Presented by Ian McMillan. Singer-songwriter Tim Minchin, writing from biographer Blake Bailey, Fiona Sampson on the poetry of Galicia in Spain, and the work of Harold Massingham.
Ian McMillan's cabaret of the word. Tonight's programme includes the daring singer-songwriter Tim Minchin performing a song about the angst of songwriting and wanting the glories of fame. There's work-in-progress from American biographer Blake Bailey who's now writing a memoir. How has writing the lives of others impacted upon the way he is approaching his own life? Recently returned from Galicia, the part of Northern Spain with ancient Celtic connections, Fiona Sampson introduces poetry from the region with two writers Marilar Aleixandre and Xesús Fraga. And Ian and poet Roger Garfitt examine the life and work of Harold Massingham, the Yorkshire poet who was the contemporary of Ted Hughes and who died in March.