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Hugh Masekela, Ursula K Le Guin, Mary Lee Berners-Lee, John Barton, Mark E Smith

Matthew Bannister on trumpeter Hugh Masekela, writer Ursula K Le Guin, computer pioneer Mary Lee Berners-Lee, theatre director John Barton and musician Mark E Smith.

Photo: Hugh Masekela

Matthew Bannister on

Hugh Masekela the South African jazz trumpeter and anti apartheid activist.

Ursula K. Le Guin whose science fiction and fantasy books sold millions of copies.

Mary Lee Berners-Lee, the computer pioneer and mother of the world wide web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

John Barton the director and writer who taught a generation of actors how to speak Shakespearian verse.

Mark E. Smith, the controversial front man of the post punk band The Fall.

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Hugh Masekela

Last Word spoke to music journalist Robin Denselow.

Born 4 April 1939; died 23 January 2018, aged 78.

Ursula K. Le Guin

Last Word spoke to writer Judith Adams.

Born 21 October 1929; died 22 January 2018, aged 88.

Mary Lee Berners-Lee

Last Word spoke to Dr Thomas Lean, Oral History Interviewer at The British Library.

Born 12 March 1924; died 29 November 2017, aged 93.

John Barton

Last Word spoke to broadcaster and writer Paul Allen.

Born 26 November 1928; died 18 January 2018, aged 89.

Mark E. Smith

Last Word spoke to Robert Chalmers, Contributing Editor for GQ Magazine.

Born 5 March 1957; died 24 January 2018, aged 60. 


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Robin Denselow
Interviewed Guest Judith Adams
Interviewed Guest Thomas Lean
Interviewed Guest Paul Allen
Interviewed Guest Robert Chalmers