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Zadie Smith, William Trevor, Lucy Kirkwood, Allied

Poet Paul Muldoon on William Trevor, Zadie Smith discusses her latest novel, Swing Time, Tim Robey reviews Allied and Lucy Kirkwood discusses her new play, The Children.

We celebrate the life and work of the award winning writer William Trevor, renowned for his short stories and novels. His editor, Tony Lacey, and poet Paul Muldoon pay tribute.

Novelist and essayist, Zadie Smith (White Teeth, On Beauty, NW) talks to Kirsty about black and white musicals, childhood friendships, and dancing, as she discusses her new novel, Swing Time.

Tim Robey reviews Robert Zemeckis' romantic thriller Allied, which stars Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard as two World War II spies who fall in love while on undercover assignment in Casablanca.

Lucy Kirkwood, who's 2013 play Chimerica launched her as a playwright to watch, returns to the stage with The Children. It focuses on three retired nuclear physicists living under the shadow of a disaster in their former workplace. Kirsty Lang speaks to Lucy about the play and about our responsibility to the generations to come.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.

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30 minutes


  • William Trevor

    Duration: 08:03

  • Zadie Smith

    Duration: 09:23

  • Allied

    Duration: 03:29

  • Lucy Kirkwood

    Duration: 06:43

Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith

Swing Time by Zadie Smith is out now, in hardback, paperback, ebook and audio download.


Main image above: Zadie Smith, credit: Brian Dowling/Getty Images

Image to the left: Zadie Smith, credit: Dominique Nabokov


Lucy Kirkwood

Lucy Kirkwood

The Children by Lucy Kirkwood, directed by James Macdonald is at the Royal Court TTheatre, London until 14 January 2017.


Image: From left - Francesca Annis (Rose), Deborah Findlay (Hazel) and Ron Cook ( Robin) in The Children

Image credit: Johan Persson.



Allied, certificate 15, is in UK cinemas from 25 November 2016.

Image: Marion Cotillard (Marianne Beausejour) and Brad Pitt (Max Vatan) in Allied

Image credit: Daniel Smith/2016 Paramount Pictures


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Tony Lacey
Interviewed Guest Paul Muldoon
Interviewed Guest Zadie Smith
Interviewed Guest Tim Robey
Interviewed Guest Lucy Kirkwood
Producer Rebecca Armstrong




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