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BlacKkKlansman, Helen Lederer, Alison Brackenbury, Esi Edugyan

Spike Lee's film BlacKkKlansman reviewed, Helen Lederer on a new women's comedy fiction prize, Esi Edugyan on her novel Washington Black, Alison Brackenbury on her poem's progress.

Spike Lee's new film BlacKkKlansman is based on a true story from the 1970s. John David Washington plays Ron Stallworth the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself he sets out on a dangerous mission to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Natty Kasambala reviews.

Canadian author Esi Edugyan on her Man Booker Prize long-listed novel, Washington Black. A historical adventure, set in the early 19th century, it's the story of a young slave who flees Barbados with an abolitionist inventor.

Poet Alison Brackenbury tells us how she is getting on with her commission to write a poem for our Inspire season.

Comedian Helen Lederer returns to stand-up comedy and launches Comedy Women in Print, a competition to encourage funny female fiction.

Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Harry Parker.

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BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman
Adam Driver and
John David Washington
Photo credit: Universal Pictures

BlacKkKlansman is on general release, cert 15

Main image: John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman
Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Esi Edugyan

Esi Edugyan
Esi Edugyan 
Photo credit: Tamara Poppitt

Esi's book Washington Black is available 

Helen Lederer

Helen Lederer
Helen Lederer

The Comedy Women in Print competition opens for entries on Fri 24 Aug

Helen Lederer’s stand up show, I Might As Well Say It, is at the Underbelly in Edinburgh until 25 Aug

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Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Natty Kasambala
Interviewed Guest Esi Edugyan
Interviewed Guest Alison Brackenbury
Interviewed Guest Helen Lederer
Producer Harry Parker

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