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Artes Mundi Prize, Harriet Walter, Amitav Ghosh, Edmund Richardson

With Catherine Fletcher and Owen Sheers on the Artes Mundi visual arts show, actress Harriet Walter on playing male theatrical roles and Amitav Ghosh on climate change in fiction.

Artes Mundi was established in 2003 as a biennial contemporary visual arts initiative - the poet, author and playwright Owen Sheers and Catherine Fletcher, historian and New Generation Thinker, report back on the exhibition opening in Cardiff this week with work by the chosen artists including Britain's John Akomfrah, Nástio Mosquito and Bedwyr Williams.

Amitav Ghosh argues that fiction writers need to be bolder in tackling the big themes of today's world and why thinking about Climate Change is proving a challenge.

Harriet Walter has played Brutus and the King in Phyllida Lloyd's all-female Shakespeare productions of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Henry IV; now she takes on Prospero in The Tempest. She talks to Anne McElvoy about giving herself permission to take on roles still normally given to men and the never-ending wonder of Shakespearian verse as the entire trilogy opens in London.

Plus - ahead of the American Presidential election, New Generation Thinker and historian, Ed Richardson pops up with the mesmerising story of how Hillary Clinton is very far from being the first ever female Presidential candidate.

Artes Mundi 7 runs at the National MuseumWales: Cardiff 21.10.16 - 26.02.17
The Shakespeare Trilogy: The Tempest, Henry IV and Julius Caesar are at the Donmar's King's Cross Theatre in London Sept 23rd - 17th December 2016
Amitav Ghosh has published his arguments about fiction in The Great Derangement.

Presenter: Anne McElvoy
Guests: Harriet Walter 'Brutus and Other Heroines: Playing Shakespeare's Roles for Women'
Catherine Fletcher
Owen Sheers
Amitav Ghosh 'The Great Derangement: Climate Change and Thinking the Unthinkable'.

Producer: Jacqueline Smith

(Image: Harriet Walter / Credit: Georgia Oetker).

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Role Contributor
Presenter Anne McElvoy
Interviewed Guest Harriet Walter
Interviewed Guest Catherine Fletcher
Interviewed Guest Owen Sheers
Interviewed Guest Amitav Ghosh
Producer Jacqueline Smith

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