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Nick Leather on Mother's Day, Natasha Carthew, Drawing comic-book characters

Mother's Day writer Nick Leather on his TV drama. Natasha Carthew discusses her festival for working-class writers, plus what it takes to draw a comic-book character.

Television drama Mother's Day charts the aftermath of the 1993 Warrington bombing, telling the stories of Colin and Wendy Parry (played by Anna Maxwell Martin and Daniel Mays), the parents of Tim Parry, one of two young boys who died in the attack, and Dublin housewife Sue McHugh (Vicky McClure). The BAFTA award-winning writer Nick Leather, who grew up in Warrington and who was a teenager on his way into town when the bombs exploded, discusses his drama.

Natasha Carthew is a working-class writer from Cornwall who this year published All Rivers Run Free, her first novel for adults. Doing the rounds of the literary festivals Carthew was struck by how few featured working-class writers, telling working-class stories. As a result, she set up a Working Class Literary Festival which she discusses with Samira.

As part of the Front Row Inspire season, presenters are trying their hand at an art form they've always had a passion for, and today Samira meets a group of comic-book writers and graphic novelists to show her the first steps in how to draw a comic-book character.

Presenter Samira Ahmed
Producer Jerome Weatherald.

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Nick Leather - Mother's Day

Nick Leather - Mother's Day
Anna Maxwell Martin and Vicky McClure

Mother's Day is on BBC 2 on Mon 3 Sept at 9 pm 

Main image:  Daniel Mays and Anna Maxwell Martin in
Mother's Day

Drawing comic-book characters

Drawing comic-book characters
L - R - Dr Nicola Streeten, Samira, Wallis Eates, Dr Sarah Lightman, Rachael Ball

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Natasha Carthew

The Working Class Writers' Festival is planned for 2020

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