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Zadie Smith, Ryan Adams, Exhibit B, The Art of the Brick

Arts news with John Wilson. Zadie Smith on her shortlisted entry for the BBC National Short Story Award, new Lego exhibition, the controversy surrounding Exhibit B, and Ryan Adams.

Zadie Smith discusses Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets, her shortlisted entry for the BBC National Short Story Award; Tom Dyckhoff reviews The Art of the Brick, a new exhibition of artworks built with Lego; musician Ryan Adams on the analogue joys of the typewriter and the tape recorder. And as last night's controversial art performance featuring black actors in a recreation of a "human zoo" is called off after protests at its opening night in London, John Wilson hears both sides of the argument.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • National Short Story Award: Zadie Smith

    Zadie Smith discusses what inspired her story, Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets

    Duration: 06:42

  • Exhibit B

    Louise Jeffreys (Barbican) & Simon Wooley (Operation Black Vote) on 'Exhibit B' closure.

    Duration: 07:24

  • Ryan Adams

    Ryan Adams on the art of songwriting.

    Duration: 07:04

  • 'The Art of the Brick' exhibition

    Tom Dyckhoff on 'The Art of the Brick' exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery, London.

    Duration: 05:10

  • Christopher Hogwood

    Following news of Christopher Hogwood's death, a repeat of his feature on Handel's home.

    Duration: 01:40

National Short Story Award: Zadie Smith

National Short Story Award: Zadie Smith
Shortlisted author Zadie Smith discusses her short story, 'Miss Adele Amidst the Corsets'

The winner of the BBC National Short Story Award in partnership with booktrust will be announced on Tuesday 30 September 2014.

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams
Ryan Adams is currently on tour (in the UK on 24 and 25 September), promoting his new album 'Ryan Adams', released on 9 September via PaxAmericana.


Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Zadie Smith
Interviewed Guest Tom Dyckhoff
Interviewed Guest Ryan Adams
Producer Jerome Weatherald


  • Wed 24 Sep 2014 19:15

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