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Fly by Night, Tim Winton, Poems by teenagers, Music discovered in a painting

Tim Winton on his new novel The Shepherd's Hut, Kate Clanchy and her student poets on their collection of migrant poems, music discovered in a 17th-century painting and pigeon art.

Australian writer Tim Winton discusses The Shepherd's Hut, his first novel in five years. Set in the parched landscape of his native Western Australia, the young protagonist Jaxie attempts to flee from his abusive father on a journey that takes him to some dark and challenging places.

England: Poems from a School is a anthology of poems that has just been published. They were written by school children aged between 11 and 18, most of whom come from migrant families who have settled in the UK. The children attend the comprehensive, Oxford Spires Academy, where the writer in residence is poet and writer Kate Clanchy - she runs workshops there and edited the anthology. Kate joins Sharmaine along with two of the young poets.

As Norwich Castle reunites a 17th Century Dutch painting with the treasures and objects that feature in it, curator Francesca Vanke explores the mysteries behind the painting called The Paston Treasure.

We return to Thamesmead to see the first performance of Fly by Night, a performance piece created by American artist Duke Riley involving 1500 pigeons. Each bird has a small LED light attached to their legs representing the messages they would once have carried over the battlefields of the First World War.

Presenter: Sharmaine Lovegrove
Producer: Rebecca Armstrong.

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30 minutes


  • Tim Winton

    Duration: 07:16

  • Empire Windrush

    Duration: 01:45

  • Poems by teenagers

    Duration: 08:15

  • Music discovered in a painting

    Duration: 04:39

  • Fly By Night

    Duration: 04:48

Fly by Night

Fly by Night
Fly By Night performance on until 23rd June 2018
Credit: Victor Frankowski

Main image credit: Tod Seelie

Tim Winton

Tim Winton

The Shepherd's Hut published by Picador and available from 28th June

Credit: Hank Kordas

Poems by teenagers

Poems by teenagers

England: Poems from a School available from Picador from 14th June

Credit: Alexander James

Music discovered in a painting

Music discovered in a painting
The Paston Treasure will be at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery from 23rd June until 23rd September 2018

See the painting in full here


Role Contributor
Presenter Sharmaine Lovegrove
Interviewed Guest Tim Winton
Interviewed Guest Kate Clanchy
Interviewed Guest Francesca Vanke
Producer Rebecca Armstrong




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