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Viola Davis, Rory Gleeson, Phil Manzanera and Waterstones' revival

Viola Davis on her Oscar-nominated performance in August Wilson's Fences, debut novelist Rory Gleeson, Roxy Music guitarist and producer Phil Manzanera, and Waterstones' revival.

Viola Davis on her Oscar-nominated performance in August Wilson's Fences, co-starring and directed by Denzel Washington.

With a father and two brothers in the acting profession, it's not surprising that Rory Gleeson's first passion was for the stage. However writing proved to have a stronger appeal. He discusses his debut novel, Rockadoon Shore, a story of six young friends with a plan for a wild weekend in rural Ireland that goes awry.

The Waterstones book chain has reported a profit for the first time in five years. Waterstone's buying director, Kate Skipper, and editor of The Bookseller, Philip James, discuss how, under the leadership of James Daunt, the chain has turned around its fortunes and how it's affected the kind of books we buy and the bookshops we visit.

Speaking at this year's Hay Festival in Cartagena, Roxy Music guitarist and record producer Phil Manzanera, discusses his Columbian roots and his new concept album Corroncho 2. The album tells the story of two hapless compadres from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, "Corronchos", who go on a road trip to the promised land, specifically Queens, in New York.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Rachel Simpson.

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30 minutes


  • Viola Davis

    Duration: 08:38

  • Waterstones' revival

    Duration: 06:02

  • Rory Gleeson

    Duration: 06:41

  • Phil Manzanera

    Duration: 06:04

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Fences is in UK cinemas from 10 February 2017, certificate 12A.


Main image above: Viola Davis, Image credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Image to the left: Denzel Washington as Troy Maxon and Viola Davis as Rose Maxon in Fences,  Image credit: David Lee


Waterstones revival

Waterstones revival

Image: books on display at Waterstones' Tottenham Court Road, London  branch.

Image credit: Mike Massaro

Rory Gleeson

Rory Gleeson

Rory Gleeson's new book Rockadoon Shore, by  published by John Murray Ltd, is out now.

Image: Rory Gleeson

Image credit: Sean Berrigan

Phil Manzanera

Phil Manzanera

Phil Manzanera and Lucho Brieza's album Corroncho 2 is out now on Expression Records.

Image: Lucho Brieva (Left) and Phil Manzanera

Image credit: Alex Wallace Photography


Role Contributor
Interviewed Guest Viola Davis
Interviewed Guest Rory Gleeson
Interviewed Guest Kate Skipper
Interviewed Guest Philip James
Interviewed Guest Phil Manzanera
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Rachel Simpson




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