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Malorie Blackman, Stonemouth, Louise Welsh, Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat

Arts news, including Malorie Blackman at the end of her tenure as children's laureate, the TV adaptation of Iain Banks's novel Stonemouth and novelist Louise Welsh.

As she comes to the end of her tenure as Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman reflects on the experience and discusses how the racist abuse she received made her more determined to push for greater diversity in children's books.

The first TV adaptation of an Iain Banks novel broadcasts next week on the BBC. Stonemouth is a romantic mystery delving into love, loyalty and vengeance. Stuart Kelly, who reviewed the book when it came out, and also interviewed the author shortly before his death, reviews the drama.

Louise Welsh's latest novel, Death is a Welcome Guest, portrays Britain devastated by a plague in which there are very few survivors. It explores what happens to those left alive and what sort of society might emerge. Louise Welsh explains her fascination with this subject.

Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat are Iranian sisters who live in Tehran but must pursue their musical careers abroad. They sing, but although the lyrics are from classical poets - Rumi and Hafez - they can't appear in Iran as women are banned from singing on television and radio. They tell Kirsty about their lives and music - and sing.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Sarah Johnson.

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30 minutes


  • Malorie Blackman

    Duration: 07:27

  • Stonemouth

    Duration: 05:47

  • Louise Welsh

    Duration: 07:38

  • Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat

    Duration: 07:00

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman

Malorie Blackman, Children's Laureate from 2013 to 2015.



Stonemouth begins on BBC One in Scotland on Monday 8 June at 9pm, Episode One will then be shown on BBC Two on Thursday 11 June at 9pm.

Image: BBC/Slate Films/Mark Mainz.

Louise Welsh

Louise Welsh

Death is a Welcome Guest by Louise Welsh is available in hardback and ebook now.

Image: © Steve Lindridge.

Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat

Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat

Sisters, a film about Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat will be shown as part of Songlines Encounters Festival at Kings Place in London  on Friday 5 June at 6:20pm.

Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat are performing in London, York, Norwich and Nottingham this summer details can be found here.

Image: Photo by Marianne Lystrup.


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Malorie Blackman
Interviewed Guest Stuart Kelly
Interviewed Guest Louise Welsh
Interviewed Guest Mahsa Vahdat
Interviewed Guest Marjan Vahdat
Performer Mahsa Vahdat
Performer Marjan Vahdat
Producer Sarah Johnson




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