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Aretha Franklin, VS Naipaul, Winston Ntshona, Nan Joyce

Obituary Series. Matthew Bannister on author VS Naipaul, activist Nan Joyce, actor Winston Ntshona and singer Aretha Franklin.

Pictured: Aretha Franklin

Matthew Bannister on

Sir VS Naipaul, the Nobel prize winning author of acclaimed books including "A House For Mr Biswas" and "A Bend in The River". He was a controversial figure who fell out with some of his fellow writers and was accused of cruelty in his relationships.

Nan Joyce, who campaigned for the rights of Ireland's travelling people.

Winston Ntshona,, the South African actor who won a Tony award for his Broadway performance in Athol Fugard's play "Sizwe Banze Is Dead" but was arrested by the apartheid government on his return home.

And the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin.

Producer: Paul Waters

Archive clips from: African and Caribbean Writing: A House for Mr Biswas, Radio 4 03/05/1981; Desert Island Discs, Radio 4 05/07/1980; Profile, Radio 4 11/05/1984; Omnibus, Radio 1 21/04/1988; Paul Gambaccini: Aretha Franklin Interview, Radio 1 01/01/2000; Night Waves, Radio 3 19/03/2007.

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28 minutes

Aretha Franklin

Born 25 March 1942; died 16 August 2018, aged 76.

Last Word spoke to broadcaster and DJ Trevor Nelson.

Sir VS Naipaul

Born 17 August 1932; died 11 August 2018, aged 85.

Last Word spoke to Aatish Taseer, author of "The Way Things Were".

Winston Ntshona

Born 6 October 1941; died 2 August 2018, aged 76.

Last Word spoke to actor and friend John Kani.

Nan Joyce

Born 1940; died 7 August 2018, aged 78.

Last Word spoke to publisher Anna Farmar.


Role Contributor
Presenter Matthew Bannister
Interviewed Guest Aatish Taseer
Interviewed Guest Anna Farmar
Interviewed Guest John Kani
Interviewed Guest Trevor Nelson
Producer Paul Waters