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Balli Kaur Jaswal

Literary magazine programme, presented by Mariella Frostrup.

Mariella Frostrup is joined by writer Alison MacLeod and publisher Ra Page to talk about short stories written in response to topical events. Alison includes stories inspired by the war in Iraq in 2003 and the death of Princess Diana amongst other news headlines in her latest collection, and Ra has brought together writers and historians for a new book of stories about protest.
Also on the programme novelist Balli Kaur Jaswal discusses her latest, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, set amongst the Sikh community in Southall, and Elan Mastai reflects on the flights of apparent fantasy in twentieth century science fiction novels, which are now our day-to-day reality.

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28 minutes


  • Alison MacLeod and Ra Page discuss short stories which cover topical events

    Duration: 08:54

  • Elan Mastai

    Duration: 05:08

  • Balli Kaur Jaswal

    Duration: 08:23

  • Editor's Picks with Jenny Parrott

    Duration: 05:05


Role Contributor
Presenter Mariella Frostrup
Interviewed Guest Alison MacLeod
Interviewed Guest Ra Page
Interviewed Guest Balli Kaur Jaswal
Interviewed Guest Elan Mastai


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