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Daniel Radcliffe; William Kentridge; BBC National Short Story Award; and turning sex into prose

Daniel Radcliffe on his roles in two new films; South African artist William Kentridge on his exhibition Thick Time; and the art of turning sex into prose.

Daniel Radcliffe talks about his two new and very different films: in one he's an FBI agent who infiltrates a white supremacist group, in the other he's a farting corpse.

Eimear McBride's new novel, The Lesser Bohemians, has been much praised for the fresh and frank way it portrays sex. Professor Sarah Churchwell and novelist Matt Thorne join Samira to discuss the literary art of turning sex into prose.

The South African artist William Kentridge discusses his new exhibition Thick Time, which features drawing, film, opera, dance, tapestry and sculpture, much of it influenced by his experience of living in apartheid and post-apartheid Johannesburg.

And today's shortlisted author for the BBC National Short Story Award is Claire-Louise Bennett whose short story, Morning, Noon and Night, is narrated by a woman who lives by herself on the West coast of Ireland and spends much of her time with her memories.

Presented by Samira Ahmed
Produced by Ella-mai Robey.

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30 minutes


  • Daniel Radcliffe

    Duration: 08:28

  • Turning sex into prose

    Duration: 06:27

  • William Kentridge

    Duration: 07:40

  • BBC National Short Story Award

    Duration: 04:51

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe starts in two films -

 Imperium, which is released in the UK on 23 September 2016, certificate 15;

and Swiss Army Man which opens in UK cinemas on 30 September 2016, also certificate 16.

Images - main image: Daniel Radcliffe (Left) with Samira Ahmed

image to the left: Daniel Radcliffe with his body double doll used in Swiss Army Man

William Kentridge

William Kentridge

William Kentridge's Thick Time exhibition is at the Whitechapel Gallery, London from 21 September 2016 - 17 January 2017. 

Image: Second Hand Readings    2013  Flipbook film from drawings on single pages of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, HD video, colour, sound

Credit: William Kentridge, Marian Goodman Gallery, Goodman Gallery  and Lia Rumma Gallery

Click here to see the video of Second Hand Reading

William Kendridge also directs Lulu  at the English National Opera, London from 9 - 19 November 2016.

BBC National Short Story Award

BBC National Short Story Award

Claire-Louise Bennett is one of the five authors on the NSSA shortlist.

You can hear her short story Morning, Noon and Night on BBC Radio 4 at 3.30 pm on 21 September 2016, as a podcast and on the BBC iPlayer radio app. 

About the BBC National Short Story Awards 2016

Image: Claire-Louise Bennett



Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Daniel Radcliffe
Interviewed Guest Sarah Churchwell
Interviewed Guest Matt Thorne
Interviewed Guest William Kentridge
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Ella-mai Robey




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