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Stella Duffy, New Art Gallery Walsall, Shostakovich's The Nose, Art of Yves Klein

Stella Duffy discusses her novel London Lies Beneath; the future of The New Art Gallery Walsall; Yves Klein in Liverpool reviewed; Director Barrie Kosky on Shostakovich's The Nose.

In 1912, 24 scouts from the slums of South East London set sail from Waterloo Bridge, but in a tragic accident eight drowned. Stella Duffy discusses her new novel, London Lies Beneath, in which she recreates that area of London and imagines the lives of the families involved in the months leading up to the tragedy and beyond.

With news that the £21m New Art Gallery Walsall is being threatened with closure just 16 years after it opened, Bob and Roberta Smith, former artist-in-residence, gives his response.

At the age of 19, Yves Klein identified the blue sky in Nice as his first artwork. It marked the beginning of an artistic career which ended with his heart attack at the age of 34. Art critic Richard Cork reviews a new exhibition of Klein's work at Tate Liverpool.

Barrie Kosky's directorial debut at the Royal Opera House is Shostakovich's The Nose, based on a satirical story by Gogol, with a huge cast of singers and even more noses, all inspired, he says, by a very famous one - Barbara Streisand's.

Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Marilyn Rust.

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30 minutes


  • The New Art Gallery Walsall

    Duration: 05:36

  • Stella Duffy

    Duration: 08:39

  • Shostakovich's The Nose

    Duration: 07:57

  • Art of Yves Klein

    Duration: 05:23

Author Stella Duffy

Author Stella Duffy

Stella Duffy's new book, London Lies Beneath, is published by Virago on 27 October 2016.


Images: Main image above, and smaller image to the left: Stella Duffy

Image credit: Gino Spiro

Walsall Art Gallery

Walsall Art Gallery

Image:The New Art Gallery Walsall

Image credit: George Benson

The Nose

The Nose

Barrie Kosky's production of The Nose by Shostakovich, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and translated by David Pountney, is at The Royal Opera House, London until 09 November 2016.

Image: John Tomlinson (Left) as Ivan Iakovlevitch and Martin Winkler (Right) as Platon Kuzmitch Kovalov in The Nose

Image credit: Royal Opera House/Bill Cooper


The Art of Yves Klein

The Art of Yves Klein

The Yves Klein exhibition is at Tate Liverpool from 21 October 2016  - 05 March 2017.

Image: Untitled Anthropometry (ANT 84) 1960

Dry pigment and synthetic resin on paper mounted on canvas

Image credit: Yves Klein, AGP, Paris/DACS, London, 2016


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Stella Duffy
Interviewed Guest Bob and Roberta Smith
Interviewed Guest Richard Cork
Interviewed Guest Barrie Kosky
Producer Marilyn Rust




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