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Lisette Oropesa, Richard Flanagan, Kate MccGwire

Man Booker Prize-winning novelist Richard Flanagan, opera singer Lisette Oropesa and feathers sculpture artist Kate MccGwire.

As she makes her debut at the Royal Opera House in Lucia di Lammermoor, Lisette Oropesa talks about combining a career as one of the world's top sopranos with a passion for running marathons.

Richard Flanagan won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North. He talks to Shahidha Bari about his follow-up novel, First Person, based on his own experience of ghost-writing a notorious criminal's memoir when he was a penniless and unknown author.

Kate MccGwire makes elaborate sculptures from the feathers of crows and doves to jays and magpies. Shahidha visits the artist in her studio - a Dutch barge - where she creates her works surrounded by Thames wildlife.

Presenter Shahidha Bari
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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30 minutes


  • Lisette Oropesa

    Duration: 10:02

  • Richard Flanagan

    Duration: 08:44

  • Kate MccGwire

    Duration: 07:54

Richard Flanagan

Richard Flanagan
First Person is available in hardback and ebook from 2 November. 

Lisette Oropesa

Lisette Oropesa
Lisette Oropesa stars in Lucia di Lammermoor at the Royal Opera House in London until 27 November.

Main image: Lisette Oropesa
Photo credit: Hiroyuki Ito, Getty Images

Kate MccGwire

Kate MccGwire
Kate MccGwire's Corvid features as part of Iconoclasts: Art Out of the Mainstream at the Saatchi Gallery until 7 January 2018


Role Contributor
Presenter Shahidha Bari
Interviewed Guest Lisette Oropesa
Interviewed Guest Richard Flanagan
Interviewed Guest Kate MccGwire
Producer Jerome Weatherald


  • Tue 31 Oct 2017 19:15



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