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Will Self, My Life as a Courgette, Raphael drawings

French animation My Life as a Courgette, Will Self on his new novel Phone plus a discussion on past experimental fiction with Kevin Jackson. Raphael's drawings at the Ashmolean.

French animation My Life as a Courgette has wowed the critics at Cannes. The children's film is about a boy nick-named Courgette and takes a refreshing look at life in an orphanage and explores the reasons why the children are there. Briony Hanson reviews.

Will Self talks about his new novel Phone, the third and final instalment of his experimental trilogy which started with 2012's Man Booker nominated Umbrella. Written with no paragraphs or chapter breaks, the novel is a stream of consciousness story and returns to one of his previous characters, the psychiatrist Dr Zack Busner. Critic Kevin Jackson joins Kirsty and Will Self to discuss the history of experimental fiction since Tristram Shandy.

120 rarely seen drawings by Italian renaissance painter Raphael have gone on display at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. The drawings are often considered as preparatory for his paintings, but this exhibition encourages visitors to consider them in their own right. Richard Cork reviews.

Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Dymphna Flynn.

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30 minutes


  • My Life as a Courgette

    Duration: 05:19

  • Will Self

    Duration: 08:17

  • Experimental writing discussion

    Duration: 07:36

  • Raphael's drawings

    Duration: 06:19

My Life as a Courgette

My Life as a Courgette

The animated film My Life as a Courgette is in UK cinemas on 02 June 2017, certificate PG.


Main image above: My Life as a Courgette

Image credit: Getty Images

Image to the left: still from the film My Life as a Courgette

Image Credit: Image.Net



Will Self

Will Self

Will Self's new book Phone is out now, in paperback, hardback and as an ebook.

Image: Will Self

Raphael drawings

Raphael drawings

Raphael: The Drawings is at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford from 1 June - 03 September 2017.

Image: The Massacre of the Innocents, c. 1509 -10, pen and brown ink over red chalk

Image credit: Trustees of the British Museum


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest Will Self
Interviewed Guest Kevin Jackson
Interviewed Guest Briony Hanson
Interviewed Guest Richard Cork
Producer Dymphna Flynn




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