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David Cohen prize winner

Rana Mitter talks to the winner of the David Cohen Prize for Literature, examines the role of writers in Sri Lanka and asks Marcus du Sautoy why he values the arts.

Tonight on BBC Radio 3 at 10 pm Rana Mitter talks to the winner of the biennial David Cohen prize - one of our most prestigious literary awards. It's given in recognition of a lifetime's achievement rather than an individual work and in the past has gone to writers such as Hilary Mantel and Harold Pinter. The identity of this year's winner will only be revealed at the award ceremony this evening. Two other writers join Rana - Ru Freeman and Romesh Gunesekara. Both from Sri Lanka and both on the programme to discuss the role of the writer in a country recovering from civil war - a timely discussion given the call from the Sri Lankan government this week inviting writers to help heal the country's wounds. Finally, as part of the BBC's Get Creative initiative, the mathematician, Marcus du Sautoy, will be explaining why he values the arts as much as numbers.

Presented by Rana Mitter.

Producer: Zahid Warley
Image Credit: Sandra Lousada.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Tony Harrison

    Rana Mitter talks to Tony Harrison the winner of the biennial David Cohen prize

    Duration: 20:56

  • Ru Freeman and Romesh Gunesekara

    A discussion on the role of the writer in a country recovering from civil war

    Duration: 09:29

  • Marcus du Sautoy

    Marcus du Sautoy explains why he values the arts as much as numbers

    Duration: 13:18

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Rana Mitter
Producer Zahid Warley
Interviewed Guest Ru Freeman
Interviewed Guest Romesh Gunesekera
Interviewed Guest Marcus du Sautoy

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