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Alan Watts and the Way of Translation

Cultural discussion programme. Andrew Marr goes on a voyage of self-discovery with Tim Lott, Mark Vernon, Maureen Freely and Marc Rees.

On Start the Week Andrew Marr discusses the legacy of the philosopher Alan Watts with the writer Tim Lott and psychotherapist Mark Vernon. Watts popularised Buddhism and Eastern philosophy in the West and in Tim Lott's latest coming-of-age novel set in the 1970s he reflects on the power of self-discovery, while Mark Vernon questions how therapy has appropriated Buddhist ideas. The writer and translator Maureen Freely looks back at her itinerant upbringing in America, Turkey and Greece, and explores how she became the translator of other people's words and worlds, including the Nobel-prize winning author Orhan Pamuk. It's a 150 years since the first Welsh settlers established a community in Patagonia in Argentina, and the theatre director Marc Rees looks at how his countrymen retained their welsh identity in an alien landscape.

Producer: Luke Mulhall.

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43 minutes

Tim Lott

Tim Lott is a novelist.

The Last Summer of the Water Strider is published by Scribner.

Mark Vernon

Mark Vernon is a psychotherapist, writer and teacher.

The Idler Guide to Ancient Philosophy will be published by The Idler Press next month.

Maureen Freely

Maureen Freely is a novelist, journalist and translator.

Angry in Piraeus is published by Sylph Editions.

Marc Rees

Marc Rees is a creator and curator of installation and performance.

{150} is at the Royal Opera House Stores at Abercwomboi, Aberdare until 11 July.


Role Contributor
Presenter Andrew Marr
Interviewed Guest Tim Lott
Interviewed Guest Mark Vernon
Interviewed Guest Maureen Freely
Interviewed Guest Marc Rees
Producer Luke Mulhall


  • Mon 29 Jun 2015 09:00
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