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Hull City of Culture 2017, Emma Donoghue, Ira Sachs, a poem for autumn, K J Orr

Hull's City of Culture 2017 programme details; Emma Donoghue on her new novel The Wonder; a poem for autumn from Zaffar Kunial; Ira Sachs on Little Men; K J Orr NSSA short story.

Martin Green, CEO of Hull City of Culture 2017, reveals what's in next year's programme, and film-maker Sean McAllister discusses his plans for the opening seven-day event, Made In Hull.

Emma Donoghue, author of Room, talks about her new novel, The Wonder. It's a gothic thriller set in 19th-century Ireland, where a young girl is said to have eaten nothing for months but appears to be thriving miraculously.

To celebrate the autumn equinox, poet Zaffar Kunial will perform his poem Prayer, which recalls his father's first words to him as a new-born, and the last words he whispered in his mother's ear.

Director Ira Sachs discusses his new film Little Men, which tells the story of a pair of best friends who have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.

Today's shortlisted author for the BBC National Short Story Award is K J Orr, whose story Disappearances is told from the perspective of a retired cosmetic surgeon in Buenos Aires who strikes up an unlikely friendship with a waitress in a cafe.

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30 minutes


  • Hull City of Culture 2017

    Duration: 04:36

  • Emma Donoghue

    Duration: 07:08

  • A poem for autumn

    Duration: 04:06

  • Ira Sachs

    Duration: 06:40

  • KJ Orr

    Duration: 02:29

Hull City of Culture 2017

Hull City of Culture 2017

Hull City of Culture 2017 is launched today, but starts on 1st January 2017. 


Image to the left - The Deep aquarium, Hull;  Image credit: Hull City Council

Main image credit: Hull City of Culture 2017

Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue's book The Wonder is out now on Picador.

It is serialised on Radio 4's Book at Bedtime starting from 26 September at 10.45 pm.

Image: Emma Donoghue

A poem for autumn

A poem for autumn

Zaffar Kunial's poem ‘Prayer’ also features as part of Radio 4’s poetry initiative to mark all “Four Seasons”.

Image: Zaffar Kunial

Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs' film Little Men is in UK cinemas from 23 September 2016, certificate PG.

Image: Kirsty Lang (Left) with Ira Sachs


KJ Orr

KJ Orr

KJ Orr's short story, The Disappeared, is on the shortlist for the 2016 BBC National Short Story Awards , and can be heard on BBC Radio 4 at 3.35 pm on 23 September 2016.

Click here for more about the NSSA


Image: KJ Orr

Image credit: Lottie Davies


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Martin Green
Interviewed Guest Emma Donoghue
Interviewed Guest Zaffar Kunial
Interviewed Guest Ira Sachs
Interviewed Guest KJ Orr
Producer Rebecca Armstrong


  • Thu 22 Sep 2016 19:15



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