2019 Booker Prize, The Power of Ancient Artefacts
Anne McElvoy talks prehistory with archaeologist Mike Pitts and artist Renee So, Alex Clark assesses this year's Booker Prize winners, and director Tinuke Craig on Gorky.
Anne McElvoy talks prehistory with archaeologist Mike Pitts and artist Renee So plus critic Alex Clark gives her take on this year's Booker Prize winners - Bernadine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood, and director Tinuke Craig discusses putting Gorky on stage in a new version written by Mike Bartlett.
Ancient and Modern by Renee So is at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill until 12th January
Digging up Britain: Ten discoveries, a million years of history by Mike Pitts is available now
Vassa by Gorky in a new version by Mike Bartlett runs at the Almeida Theatre in London until November 23rd.
You can hear Booker prize winner Bernadine Evaristo talking about her depiction of 12 characters aged 12 to 93 in Girl, Woman, Other on the Free Thinking we broadcast back in May when the novel was published https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0004s6n . You can find it in the Free Thinking Prose and Poetry playlist on the programme website.
Our podcast series New Thinking, which focuses on new research from UK universities, has an episode called Neolithic Revelations: A lack of Neolithic dental floss proves to be a boon for archaeologists. Penny Bickle and Jim Leary share some surprising findings. Find that on the podcasts tab on the Free Thinking website or sign up for the Arts and Ideas podcasts and never miss an episode. A direct link to it is here https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07jwntx
Producer: Torquil MacLeod