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Brilliant Mistakes, Blessed Failures

Journalist Abdul-Rehman Malik explores through poetry and prose how mistakes – far from being failures – have the ability to reveal something new and hidden.

Artist Grayson Perry has said that ‘creativity is mistakes’. Journalist Abdul-Rehman Malik agrees, and explores through poetry and prose how mistakes, although a reminder of human imperfection, nevertheless have the ability to reveal something new and hidden.

The programme features the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Costello and Puccini, and readings from theologian Paula Gooder, the Qu’ran, and the Old and New Testaments.

Presenter: Abdul-Rehman Malik
Producer: Jonathan Mayo
A TBI Media production for BBC Radio 4

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28 minutes

Last on

Sun 12 May 2019 06:05

Music Played

  • Ella Fitzgerald

    Mack the Knife (Live in Berlin)

  • Franco Corelli

    Nessun Dorma

  • Elvis Costello

    Brilliant Mistake

  • Fela Kuti

    Mistake (Live)

Readings

Title: The Book of Hadith: Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad from the Mishkat Al Masabih

Author: Charles Le Gai Eaton

Publisher: Book Foundation


Title: The Qur'an

Translator: M. A. S. Abdel Haleem

Publisher: OUP Oxford


Title: Don Quixote

Author: by Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions


Title: The Book of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash

Translator: William G. Braude

Publisher: Penguin / Random House


Title: NIV Holy Bible  

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton


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