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Cecelia Ahern, The world's tallest statue, Pansori opera, Homecoming TV adaptation

Best-selling Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern discusses her new short story collection, Roar, which features 30 stories about 30 different women.

Best-selling Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern discusses her new short story collection, Roar, which features 30 stories about 30 different women.

India has unveiled the world's tallest statue, which cost £330 million to build. The 182m high structure in the western state of Gujarat is a bronze-clad tribute to independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Pratiksha Ghildial in the BBC’s Delhi bureau reports on reactions within India.

Lecturer in Korean Studies, Dr Anna Yates-Lu, explains the origins of pansori, a traditional form of Korean opera, and why legendary pansori singer Ahn Sook-Sun, currently in the UK, is its leading exponent.

Julia Roberts stars in the television adaptation of the hit drama podcast series, Homecoming. The series looks back at her work as a counsellor at a mysterious company assessing the mental health of returning soldiers as they rehabilitate into society. TV critic Sophie Wilkinson reviews.

Presenter: Janina Ramirez
Producer: Edwina Pitman

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Cecelia Ahern

Cecelia Ahern

Roar, Cecelia Ahern's new collection of short stories is  out now in hardback andbpaperback, as well as in downloadable audiofile and eBook formats.

Images: Main image above and to the right: Cecelia Ahern

Images credit: Matthew Thompson

India's Statue of Unity

India's Statue of Unity
At 182m high, India's Statue of Unity in Gujarat state is the world's tallest.

Pansori

Pansori

Pansori star Ahn Sook-Sun performs at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London on 03 November 2018, as part of the London K-Music Festival

Image: Ahn Sook-Sun on stage

Image credit: Korean Cultural Centre UK

Homecoming

Homecoming

Homecoming season 1 is available to download from Amazon Prime Video from 02 November 2018.

Image: Julia Roberts in Homecoming

Image credit: Amazon Prime Video

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