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Tate Liverpool's Exploring the Unseen, Ben Okri and Joanne Harris, Fortnite Battle Royale, Universal Love album

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Writers Ben Okri and Joanne Harris discuss writing to be read aloud. Ken Simons talks about curating his own exhibition for Tate Liverpool.

Tate Liverpool's arts handler Ken Simons has just retired after working there since its opening 30 years ago. To mark his retirement, Tate have allowed him to curate his own exhibition, Exploring the Unseen, using works from the Tate collection. He explains how he chose the 30 works - one for each of his years at the gallery.

As Audible launches three new podcasts featuring original short stories written exclusively for audio, Ben Okri, Booker prize-winning writer of The Famished Road, joins bestselling author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris, to discuss the particular challenges and joys of writing to be read aloud, and to consider the impact of the increasing availability of audio content on the popularity of short-form fiction.

Fortnite Battle Royale, the online game which puts 100 players onto an island to battle it out, has become one of the world's biggest games attracting over 45 million players since launching six months ago. Games journalist Louise Blain accounts for its appeal.

A new compilation EP that features versions of traditional wedding songs for same-sex couples has been released. Universal Love features six tracks that have been given a same-sex twist , including Bob Dylan who has re-recorded the 1929 song She's Funny That Way, changing it to He's Funny That Way and Bloc Party's Kele Okereke who sings The Temptations' My Girl (Guy). Singer-songwriter Tom Robinson explores the problem of pronouns in love songs.

Presenter Stig Abell
Producer Edwina Pitman.

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30 minutes


  • Ben Okri and Joanne Harris

    Duration: 09:41

  • Fortnite: Battle Royale

    Duration: 04:24

  • Tate Liverpool's Exploring the Unseen

    Duration: 07:42

  • Universal Love EP

    Duration: 05:03

Tate Liverpool's Exploring the Unseen

Tate Liverpool's Exploring the Unseen

Ken's Show: Exploring the Unseen is at Tate Liverpool until 17 June 2018.


Main image above: JMW Turner's Snow Storm - Steam-Boat off a Harbour Mouth exhibited 1842 being installed at Tate Liverpool

Image credit: Tate Liverpool, Roger Sinek

Image to the left: Ken Simons

Imge credit: Roger Sinek


Ben Okri and Joanne Harris

 Joanne Harris' short story The Wood Between The Worlds, and Multiverse Univers by Ben Okri are on's new podcasts, Bard, Jali and Skald which feature new short stories

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite: Battle Royale

Fortnite: Battle Royale by Epic Games is available now, rated 12.

Image Midnight Ops screen shot from Fortnite: Battle Royale

Image credit: Epic Games


Universal Love EP

Universal Love EP

The Universal Love EP is out now on Legacy Records.

Image: Left -St Vincent (Image credit: Nedda Asfari) and Kele Okereke (Image credit: Rachel Wright), 2 of the artists reinterpreting songs on the Universal Love EP.


Role Contributor
Presenter Stig Abell
Interviewed Guest Ken Simons
Interviewed Guest Ben Okri
Interviewed Guest Joanne Harris
Interviewed Guest Louise Blain
Interviewed Guest Tom Robinson
Producer Edwina Pitman




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