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Filling the Gaps

Episode 6 of 12

Marina Warner looks at the world of contemporary storytelling, exploring 'filling the gaps’ with other writers. From 2015.

Marina Warner looks at 'Filling the Gaps'

A look at the world of contemporary fiction. In the company of leading contemporary writers, she considers a story and story writing from a different angle.

Marina speaks with writers as diverse as Julian Barnes, Michelle Roberts, Fanny Howe, Marlene van Niekerk, Alain Mabanckou, Lydia Davis, Edwin Frank, Elleke Boehmer, Wen-Chin Ouyang, Daniel Medin, Nadeem Aslam and Laszlo Krasznahorkai.

There are questions around the boundaries between fact and fiction which Marina believes are central to any consideration of storytelling, since readers' pleasure depends so much on trust built up between the storyteller or writer and the audience.

With discussions on the reasons for writing, writers as witnesses and political interaction.

Marina was Chair of the Man Booker International Prize 2015 and the series draws on the expertise of the International Booker judging panel, the views of the shortlisted writers, as well as other key literary talent.

Producer: Kevin Dawson
A Whistledown production for BBC Radio first broadcast in July 2015.

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15 minutes

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Sat 12 Dec 2020 19:45


Arthur & George, by Julian Barnes, published 2005 by JonathanCape.


Ségou: Les murailles de terre (Segu), by Maryse Condé, published 1984 by Laffont. Originally written in French. English translation by Barbara Bray published 1989 by Viking.


River of Smoke, by Amitav Ghosh, published 2011 by John Murray.


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