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The Hayward Gallery reopening, Emily Wilson, The art of literary translation

News, reviews and interviews from the worlds of art, literature, film and music. The art of literary translation. Plus the Hayward Gallery reopens.

Emily Wilson, the first woman to translate The Odyssey, explains why the issues running through the epic - gender, geo-politics, migration - make Homer, writing 3,000 years ago, an author for our times.

Emily Wilson is joined by Daniel Hahn who, as well as writing books, translates them from Portuguese, Spanish and French. Comparing their approaches they discuss the art of translating, how it reflects the age in which it is undertaken, its challenges and its importance to our culture today.

Michael Cooper, journalist at the New York Times, tells Stig about the latest developments in the drama unfolding around the Metropolitan Opera House's new production of Tosca.

As the Hayward Gallery in London prepares to re-open its doors next month after a two-year closure, its director Ralph Rugoff and the architect Richard Battye discuss the renovations and restoration of the brutalist contemporary art gallery.

Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Edwina Pitman.

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30 minutes


  • The Odyssey

    Duration: 07:19

  • The Art of Translation

    Duration: 07:24

  • Tosca

    Duration: 05:09

  • The Hayward Gallery

    Duration: 07:46

Hayward Gallery

Hayward Gallery

Hayward Gallery interior
Photo credit: Morley Von Sternberg

The Hayward Gallery opens its refurbished doors to the public on 25 Jan with an exhibition by German photographer Andreas Gursky

Main image: Detail of Sixty Minute Spectrum (2017)
Photo credit: David Batchelor 


Emily Wilson's translation of  The Odyssey by Homer is available now


Role Contributor
Presenter Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest Emily Wilson
Interviewed Guest Daniel Hahn
Interviewed Guest Michael Cooper
Interviewed Guest Ralph Rugoff
Interviewed Guest Richard Battye
Producer Edwina Pitman


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