Eimear McBride, Ross Noble, Rachael Allen
Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, with guests including novelist Eimear McBride and comedian Ross Noble and poet Rachael Allen.
Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Friday night 'Cabaret of the word'
Ian's guests include the novelist Eimear McBride, who won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Goldsmiths Prize for her startling debut novel 'A Girl is a Half Formed Thing'. Her latest book is 'The Lesser Bohemians', which uses her distinctive fractured prose to examine overwhelming first love.
The comedian Ross Noble's lastest stand-up show is 'Brain Dump', a celebration of stream-of-consciousness comedy writing.
The latest poet in our 'Three Score and Ten' series is Rachael Allen. Rachael's first pamphlet of poetry was published by Faber and she is the poetry editor of Granta Magazine. Three Score and Ten is part of Radio 3's 70th season, celebrating seven decades of pioneering music and culture since the founding of the Third Programme.
Producer: Faith Lawrence.
Eimear McBride’s second novel ‘The Lesser Bohemians’ (Faber) takes us into the internal monologue of Eily, who has just moved to London to attend drama school. Eimear sees her writing as part of a proud tradition of Irish writing which plays ‘the game of language’. Eimear’s text is studded with gaps and changes of font - the latter representing what actors call ‘the secondary thought’. For Eimear, the self is like a prism, receiving and giving it out light, and she aims to reflect this in her writing.
Tom and Nicola Ray
Seventeen years ago, while his wife Nicola was pregnant with their second child, Tom Ray contracted sepsis and had to have parts of his limbs and face amputated. Their story has just been made into a film, ‘Starfish’. Tom and Nicola explain their involvement with the writing of the script and consider how it made them feel to see their intimate conversations dramatised. Tom is a writer himself and writing became integral to his recovery process. His daughter was only two when he was recovering from his operations, and although it wasn’t feasible for her to visit him, Tom wrote her stories to maintain their close relationship. He has also been writing a book about his experiences.
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Rachael Allen is the latest emerging poet to present new commissioned work to celebrate Radio 3’s 70 birthday. Her poems are a way of presenting theatrical ideas of herself. Her poems ‘Many Bird Roast’ and ‘Beef Cubes’ examine ideas of anxiety around eating and the historical relationship of animals to society. Rachael’s work is published by Faber.
Rachael Allen has recorded an extra poem for the Radio 3 website. You can listen to ‘The Museum’ here.
The comedian Ross Noble likens his comedic improvisation to meditation. Ross tells Ian that he thinks visually rather than in language and that ‘words are a way of delivering the pictures’. As well as explaining how he creates links within his stand-up sets, Ross discusses his Comedy Horror short ‘The Catchment’ which is filled with references to Buster Keaton and Jackie Chan as well as classic horror. ‘The Catchment’ will be screened on Saturday 22nd October as part of Frightfest ( Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square), and is available from Sky on Demand. Ross’s tour dates are here.