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Julian Barnes, Bapsi Sidhwa, light-inspired poetry

Presented by Anne McElvoy. With Booker Prize-winning writer Julian Barnes on his love of art, Pakistani author Bapsi Sidhwa on her novel The Crow Eaters, and light-inspired poetry.

Anne McElvoy is joined by the Booker Prize-winning writer Julian Barnes to discuss the painters he admires, and his new collection of essays on 19th and 20th century artists including Manet, Cézanne, Fantin-Latour, Magritte, Howard Hodgkin and Lucian Freud.

The Pakistani novelist and women's right activist Bapsi Sidhwa, who's awards include the Sitara-i-Imtiaz - Pakistan's highest national honour in the arts - talks about her 1978 novel The Crow Eaters, which is about to be re-published.

Also on the programme - Anne discusses poetry inspired by light, and in particular the work of Jackson Mac Low, who's Light Poems form the basis of one of events taking place as part of On Light, a programme of events taking place at the Wellcome Collection in London bank holiday weekend, to mark the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.

Keeping An Eye Open: Essays on Art by Julian Barnes is published on 7 May
The Crow Eaters by Bapsi Sidhwa is published in paperback on 30 April
On Light is at the Wellcome Collection, in London between 1 - 4 May

Producer: Ella-mai Robey

Image: Julian Barnes
Photo Credit: Joanna Briscoe.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Julian Barnes

    Julian Barnes discusses the painters he admires, and his new collection of essays

    Duration: 18:46

  • Light and poetry

    Anne & guests discuss poetry inspired by light, in particular the work of Jackson Mac Low

    Duration: 12:34

  • Bapsi Sidhwa

    Pakistani novelist Bapsi Sidhwa talks about her 1978 novel The Crow Eaters

    Duration: 11:45

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest Julian Barnes
Interviewed Guest Bapsi Sidhwa
Producer Ella-mai Robey

Broadcast

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The Arts & Ideas Podcast

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