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Time

Ian McMillan presents a special edition exploring the language of time. With novelists William Gibson and Geoff Dyer, as well as musician Sally Rodgers and poet Ira Lightman.

Ian McMillan explores the language of time and meets himself coming back on a special edition of 'the cabaret of the word'. Guests include the celebrated novelists William Gibson and Geoff Ryman on the narrative possibilities opened up by time travel, poet Ira Lightman distorts our perception of time with a commissioned performance, and producer and sound artist Sally Rodgers presents new music inspired by Iannis Xenakis.

Producer: Faith Lawrence.

45 minutes

Last on

Fri 12 Feb 2016 22:00

Ira Lightman

Ira Lightman

We commissioned the poet and Verb regular Ira Lightman to use the language of a poem to bend time and allow us to experience it in an unconventional way. Ira’s latest chapbook ‘Skelelittle’ is published by Like This Press.


Ira Lightman on Twitter

William Gibson

William Gibson

William Gibson is one of the world’s best known writers of speculative fiction. He coined the term ‘Cyberspace’, which he popularised in his debut novel. We ask how he comes up with such neologisms, and he reads from his new novel, ‘The Peripheral’ (Penguin) which explores a new concept of time-travel and the narrative possibilities of multiple futures.

William Gibson


William Gibson on Twitter

Geoff Ryman

Geoff Ryman

The novelist Geoff Ryman explores the appeal of ‘Time Travel’ literature, and the devices used by authors as diverse as Audrey Niffeneger and Brian Aldiss, to catapult their characters through the centuries. Geoff teaches Creative Writing at the University of Manchester and is the author of ‘253’ (Flamingo), an award-winning novel that started life as a website.


Geoff Ryman


Geoff Ryman on Twitter

Sally Rodgers

Sally Rodgers

The composer and sound artist Sally Rodgers works as part of the electronic duo ‘A Man Called Adam’. Especially for the Verb, Sally has created a piece of music called ‘Sound is a Plastic Model of Time’, which explores the way language helps us encounter and play with time.


A Man Called Adam


Sally Rodgers on Twitter

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