The Birth of a Nation, Ruth Padel, Joan Eardley, Mark Lockyer
Ashley Clarke reviews The Birth of a Nation, poet Ruth Padel reveals the reality of Christmas, painter Joan Eardley, actor Mark Lockyer on Living With The Lights On.
New film The Birth of a Nation takes the title from DW Griffith's 1915 silent film but not much else. Directed by and starring Nate Parker, it tells the true story of an 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia. Ashley Clarke reviews.
Poet Ruth Padel discusses her latest book Tidings, a narrative Christmas poem about a little girl, a homeless man and a fox. It takes the reader all around the world, from St Pancras churchyard in London to Bethlehem, Australia and New York.
Joan Eardley's painting career lasted only 15 years but, at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh, her work gets more requests than Picasso. The gallery's curator Patrick Elliott discusses a new exhibition of her work alongside composer Helen Grime, whose composition Snow is inspired by Eardley's paintings.
In the spring of 1995, actor Mark Lockyer was playing Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company when he was overcome with anxiety, fear and paranoia. It was the start of a bipolar attack. Now he has turned that experience into a one man show called Living With The Lights On at the Young Vic in London.
Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Angie Nehring.
The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation, certificate 15, is in UK cinemas from 09 December 2016.
Main image above: Nate Parker as Nat Turner in The Birth of a Nation
Image to the left: a still from The Birth of a Nation film
Joan Eardley: A Sense of Place is at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh
Image: Joan Eardley at easel, looking downwards and holding paintbrushes, C/O Audrey Walker
Image Credit: John McKenzie © Jane Walker
Helen Grime’s composition Snow is premiered on 10 December 2016 by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Glasgow City Halls
Role Contributor Interviewed Guest Ashley Clarke Interviewed Guest Ruth Padel Interviewed Guest Patrick Elliott Interviewed Guest Helen Grime Interviewed Guest Mark Lockyer Presenter Kirsty Lang Producer Angie Nehring