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Paapa Essiedu, Rebecca Watts and Don Paterson, A J Finn

Actor Paapa Essiedu on playing Hamlet, poet Rebecca Watts' criticism of the poetry establishment.

In 2016 Paapa Essiedu became the first black actor to play Hamlet for the RSC. As he reprises the role for a tour of the production we speak to the actor tipped to be a star, about Hamlet and his performances in television dramas Kiri and The Miniaturist.

It's rare for a poetry essay to make the news headlines but that's exactly what's happened to the essay written by Rebecca Watts in the current issue of PN Review. She talks to Samira about her problem with the poetry establishment and explains why her criticism of poet Hollie McNish wasn't personal. Award-winning poet Don Paterson responds.

Publisher Daniel Mallory turned debut novelist A J Finn discusses making it to the top of the best-seller charts with his psychological thriller, The Woman In The Window.

On tonight's podcast, artist Grayson Perry explains why the late Mark E. Smith of the post-punk group The Fall, was one of his heroes.

Presenter: Samira Ahmed
Producer: Edwina Pitman.

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30 minutes


  • Rebecca Watts and Don Paterson

    Duration: 10:41

  • Paapa Essiedu

    Duration: 07:08

  • A J Finn

    Duration: 09:05

Paapa Essiedu

Paapa Essiedu

The RSC's tour of Hamlet starts in the UK on 26 January, 2018, in Salford.  Then it visits Plymouth, Hull, Newcastle, Northampton, and Hackney, where it finishes on 31 March 2018. 


Main image above: Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet

Image credit: photo by David Tett (c) RSC

Image to the Left: Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet, with Yorick's skull.

Image credit: photo by Manuel Harlan (c) RSC

Rebecca Watts and Don Paterson

Rebecca Watts and Don Paterson

Read Rebecca Watts' article The Cult of the Noble Amateur, and read Holly McNish's blog for her response.


Image: Rebecca Watts

Image credit: Carcanet Books

A J Finn

A J Finn

A J Finn's novel The Woman in the Window is out now in paperback and hardback, and ain ebook and audio download formats.

Image: A J Finn


Role Contributor
Presenter Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest Paapa Essiedu
Interviewed Guest Rebecca Watts
Interviewed Guest Don Paterson
Interviewed Guest Daniel Mallory
Interviewed Guest Grayson Perry
Producer Edwina Pitman


  • Thu 25 Jan 2018 19:15



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