Loneliness and Inner Voices

On Start the Week Andrew Marr talks to the psychologist Charles Fernyhough about the inner speech in our heads. But what if it's a lone voice? The writer Olivia Laing explores what it's like to be lonely in a bustling city, while the playwright Alistair McDowall explores what happens when you're abandoned on a distant planet with no sense of time. The biographer Frances Wilson writes a tale of hero-worship, betrayal and revenge through the life of Thomas De Quincey, a man who modelled his opium-habit on Coleridge and his voice and writing on Wordsworth.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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Frances Wilson

Frances Wilson is a critic, journalist and author.

Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey is published by Bloomsbury.

Olivia Laing

Olivia Laing is a writer and critic.

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone is published by Canongate.

Charles Fernyhough

Charles Fernyhough is a writer and a part-time professor in psychology at Durham University.

The Voices Within: The History and Science of How We Talk to Ourselves is published by Profile Books in association with Wellcome Collection.

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Alistair McDowall

Alistair McDowall is a playwright.

X is on at the Royal Court Theatre in London until Saturday 7 May.


Role Contributor
PresenterAndrew Marr
Interviewed GuestCharles Fernyhough
Interviewed GuestOlivia Laing
Interviewed GuestAlistair McDowall
Interviewed GuestFrances Wilson
ProducerKaty Hickman