Joanne Harris, Rosie Dastgir, John Lucas, Allan Chatburn
Ian McMillan's guests are the writers Joanne Harris and Rosie Dastgir, and he'll also be exploring the art of whistling with John Lucas and Allan Chatburn.
John Lucas, Allan Chatburn & Sheila Harrod
John Lucas and Allan Chatburn wondered where all the whistling had gone, and were inspired to write ‘A Brief History of Whistling’ (Five Leaves Press). The book uncovers the history of this form of communication that isn’t quite language and isn’t quite music, tracing its literary presence from Homer to D.H Lawrence. World champion whistler Sheila Harrod gives a virtuoso performance.
The writer Rosie Dastgir is the author of ‘A Small Fortune’ (Quercus). In conjunction with the Writer’s Room, The Verb has commissioned a series of short dramas on the theme of ‘Love and Hate’. Rosie’s lyrical drama is ‘Love at Last Sight’, about a couple divided by the geography of London
Love at Last Sight Cast:
EVA Patrycja Halina Oprawkop
NICK Tachia Newell
PARAMEDIC/VAN DRIVER William Travis
SHOP ASSISTANT Daniel Francis-Swaby
Joanne Harris is the bestselling author of sixteen novels. Her latest book is ‘The Gospel of Loki’ (Gollancz). Joanne tells Ian how she has been captivated by Scandinavian myth since childhood, and her sense that the impact of Old Norse can still be heard in the slang of her native Yorkshire.
David Gaffney has written a short story especially for The Verb to celebrate the introduction of the word ‘Cubanisation’ into the dictionary. His story ponders the correct relationship between a man and the age of his vacuum cleaner. David’s most recent collection of stories is ‘More Sawn off Tales’ (Salt).