Inua Ellams, Will Abberley
Ian's guests on 'the cabaret of the word' include poet and playwright Inua Ellams, whose latest show 'The Spalding Suite' is inspired by UK basketball sub-culture.
The Verb's 'punctuation czar', Will Abberley is back to shed light on the history of the exclamation mark.
The poet Inua Ellams is taking poetry written between his birth in 1984 and 2002 when he turned eighteen as a starting point for a series of new poems about his own life. Inua reads Jo Shapcott’s ‘Photograph: Sheepshearing’ and takes us into the process of writing his version ‘Photograph: Ram Sacrificing - #After Jo Shapcott’. Inua also talks about his new play ‘The Spalding Suite’ which blends basketball and poetry, and is currently on tour.
The artist Hannah Rickard’s work examines the connections between sound events and language. Hannah’s work ‘Thunder’ fits an orchestra inside a single thunderclap. It is part of the Hayward Gallery touring exhibition, ‘Listening’, which is currently showing at the Site Gallery in Sheffield
Frank Cottrell Boyce
In the latest in our series on monsters, Frank examines the importance of the colour green, which he believes can be both natural and natural at once. He traces its use in the writing of monsters, and in the history of superheroes. Rory Rooney is the green-skinned hero of his new book for children ‘The Astounding Broccoli Boy’ (Macmillan)
Continuing his exploration of the world of punctuation, Will Abberley is looking at the empire of the exclamation mark, tracing its history from Elizabethan drama where it was interchangeable with the question mark and was known as the ‘admiration’ mark. Will Abberley teaches at the University of Oxford.