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Henry Goodman as Lucien Freud, Isaac Julien, Lawrence Osborne, Nikesh Shukla, Sarah Shaffi

Henry Goodman as Lucien Freud in Looking at Lucien, Nikesh Shukla and Sarah Shaffi on YA BAME writers, Lawrence Osborne's Beautiful Animals and Isaac Julien's queer icon.

Actor Henry Goodman talks about his latest stage role as the celebrated portrait painter Lucian Freud in Looking at Lucian, a new play by Alan Franks.

The number of published British black and minority ethnic authors writing for young adults is lamentably low. A new collection of short stories and poetry, A Change is Gonna Come, is setting out to change that - the collection includes work by established YA writers like Tanya Byrne and Patrice Lawrence but also introduces four new unpublished BAME writers. The writer Nikesh Shukla and The Bookseller's Online Editor Sarah Shaffi discuss who are the rising stars in diversity in British YA fiction and look at the publishing industry's attempts to improve their representation.

British-born, Bangkok-based best-selling author Lawrence Osborne's novels often focus on travellers coming unstuck in foreign lands, and his new book Beautiful Animals, is no exception. A thriller set amongst the tourists and wealthy expats on a Greek Island, it explores what happens when two young women stumble upon a Syrian immigrant washed up on the shore.

For our Queer Icons series, Isaac Julien champions Derek Jarman's film about the Renaissance artist Caravaggio.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Hilary Dunn.

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30 minutes

Last on

Thu 10 Aug 2017 19:15


  • Henry Goodman

    Duration: 08:03

  • YA BAME writers

    Duration: 08:07

  • Lawrence Osborne

    Duration: 07:51

  • Isaac Julien

    Duration: 03:22

Henry Goodman

Henry Goodman

Looking for Lucien with Henry Goodman is inthe Ustinov Studio at Theatre Royal Bath until 02 September 2017.


Main image above, and image to the left: Henry Goodman as Lucien Freud in Looking for Lucien

Image credits: Nobby Clarke

YA BAME writers

YA BAME writers

A Change is Gonna Come, an anthology of stories and poetry by BAME writers including
Tanya Byrne, Inua Ellams, Catherine Johnson, Patrice Lawrence, Ayisha Malik, Irfan Master, Musa Okwonga and Nikesh Shukla comes out in paperback on 11 August 2017 from  Stripes Publishing, for ages from 11+.

Sarah Shaffi runs BAME in Publishing - a network for people from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds who work in publishing

Image: Nikesh Shukla

Image credit: ShamPhat Photography 

Lawrence Osborne

Lawrence Osborne

Lawrence Osborne's book Beautiful Animals is out on in hardback and as an ebook from Penguin.

Image: Lawrence Osborne

Isaac Julien

Isaac Julien

Isaac Julien chooses Derek Jarman's film Caravaggio as his Queer Icon.

More Queer Icons

The Queer Icon highlights  programme is on Radio 4 on 12 August 2014 at 3.30 pm, and on the BBC iPlayer.

Image: Isaac Julien

Image credit: Graeme Robertson


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Hilary Dunn
Interviewed Guest Henry Goodman
Interviewed Guest Nikesh Shukla
Interviewed Guest Sarah Shaffi
Interviewed Guest Lawrence Osborne
Interviewed Guest Isaac Julien




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