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.
Mahsa and 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