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Samira Ahmed with Diane Roberts on Harper Lee's new novel, William Nicholson on his latest book, Australian film The Turning reviewed, artist Marlene Dumas on her show at the Tate.

Samira Ahmed talks to Professor Diane Roberts about the news that 'To Kill A Mockingbird' author Harper Lee is to publish a second novel.

William Nicholson wrote 'Shadowlands', the screenplay for 'Gladiator' and the acclaimed children's book 'The Wind Singer'. His latest novel for adults, 'The Lovers of Amherst', tells the story of the brother of the great American poet Emily Dickinson and his passionate adulterous love affair with a beautiful woman half his age.

Australian writer Tim Winton's book The Turning, a series of stories set in a coastal community, has now been turned into a film in which each story has been interpreted by a different director. Australian novelist Helen Fitzgerald reviews the film whose cast includes Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving.

South African artist Marlene Dumas discusses her dark and often sexually explicit paintings as a major new retrospective of her work opens at London's Tate Modern.

Producer: Dixi Stewart.

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30 minutes


  • Harper Lee's new novel

    Duration: 05:21

  • William Nicholson

    Duration: 07:39

  • The Turning

    Duration: 05:57

  • Marlene Dumas

    Duration: 08:37

Harper Lee

Harper Lee’s Mockingbird 'sequel', Go Set a Watchman, will be published this summer.

William Nicholson

William Nicholson

The Lovers of Amherst by William Nicholson in available in hardback and eBook from 5 February.

Photo credit Jerry Bauer

The Turning

The Turning

The Turning is in cinemas nationwide from 6 February, certificate 15

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden is on at the Tate Modern in London from 5 February – 10 May 2015

The Image as Burden by Marlene Dumas, 1993. Private collection, Belgium © Marlene Dumas Photo: Peter Cox


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Diane Roberts
Interviewed Guest William Nicholson
Interviewed Guest Helen Fitzgerald
Interviewed Guest Marlene Dumas
Producer Dixi Stewart


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