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Island Mentality

Cultural discussion show. Amol Rajan explores the British Isles with Nicholas Crane, Madeleine Bunting, David Olusoga and Imtiaz Dharker.

On Start the Week Amol Rajan considers the making of the British landscape and an island mentality. The President of the Royal Geographical Society Nicholas Crane looks back over the last 12 millennia to understand how we have shaped our habitat but also how the landscape has shaped our lives. Madeleine Bunting travels through the Hebrides to see what the furthest reaches of these isles can tell us about the country as a whole. David Olusoga re-tells the story of the relationship between Britain and the people of Africa, which reaches back to the Romans, to demonstrate how black history has shaped our world, and the poet Imtiaz Dharker reflects on displacement and belonging.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Nicholas Crane

Nicholas Crane is an author, geographer, broadcaster and cartographic expert.

The Making of the British Landscape: From the Ice Age to the Present is published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

Madeleine Bunting

Madeleine Bunting is an author, journalist and broadcaster.

Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey is published by Granta.

Imtiaz Dharker

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker.

Over the Moon is published by Bloodaxe Books.

Imtiaz is also taking part in Poetry Live! events around the country.

David Olusoga

David Olusoga is a historian, broadcaster and film-maker.

Black & British: A Forgotten History is on BBC Two on Wednesdays at 9.00pm as part of the BBC’s Black and British season.  There is also an accompanying book.


Role Contributor
Presenter Amol Rajan
Interviewed Guest Nicholas Crane
Interviewed Guest Madeleine Bunting
Interviewed Guest David Olusoga
Interviewed Guest Imtiaz Dharker
Producer Katy Hickman