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Gratitude - Experiments in Living

Ian McMillan explores the language of gratitude with writer Jack Bernhardt, poets Michael Symmons Roberts and Kate Fox, and musician and artist Leafcutter John.

In a world of daily pleases and thank yous, obligatory thank-you notes, and polite appreciation how can we express authentic gratitude with sincerity? Has lockdown made us more grateful? Can the expectation of gratitude be a burden?

Poet Kate Fox assesses the etiquette of writers’ acknowledgements – who to thank? How much is too much? Is there such a thing as oversharing? Comedy writer Jack Bernhardt imagines how grateful you’d have to be – forever - if Superman saved your life. Sound artist Leafcutter John makes gratitude reverberate through a sheet of steel, and poet Michael Symmons Roberts reflects on the complexity of expressing gratitude in praise poetry, in a post-secular world.

Producer: Ruth Thomson

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44 minutes

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Fri 4 Feb 2022 22:00

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