Harriett Gilbert talks to the director of Shallow Grave and 2008’s Slumdog Millionaire.
Samira Ahmed talks to Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid.
The Strand celebrates one of the world's great writers - the late Chinua Achebe.
How a Twitter feud became an opera.
We announce the winners of the BBC World Service's What If competition.
Chinua Achebe, the acclaimed Nigerian novelist and poet has died.
Pulitzer Prize winning American writer Philip Roth is the subject of a new TV documentary
The American singer-songwriter talks to Mark Coles about his new album The Low Highway.
Bolshoi Scandals - we hear the latest.
Javier Marias on his latest novel The Infatuations.
The best selling author discusses her latest novel The Last Runaway.
Maya Jaggi, chair of the judges, reveals the name of the winner of the Man Asian Prize.
We examine the trend for western rock producers to work with prominent African musicians.
We discover how much Benedict XVI was keen to support the contemporary arts.
Fiona Talkington visits the Dark Music Days Festival in Iceland.
A review of Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes - clever satire or simple bad taste?
How Amish Tripathi's trilogy about Lord Shiva led to the largest book advance in India.
Release of new Tomb Raider game sees return of icon Lara Croft - minus the hotpants
Malaysian author Tash Aw's latest novel, Five Star Billionaire.
The 23rd FESPACO pan-African film festival, held in Burkina Faso, has just ended.
The two American songwriters talk to us about their current release Child Ballads.
The photographer Alejandro Cartagena spent over a year photographing Mexican car poolers
Henning Wehn examines the relationship between stand-up comedy and politics.
What does the incorporation of YouTube plays to calculate chart positions mean for music?
Award winning producer of Amour, Michael Haneke directs Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte in Madrid.
Indian film director Anurag Kashyap and the Perunika Trio.
Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf brings Arabic scales to 1950s style jazz.
We hear from the winners of the 2012 International Playwriting Competition.
The new generation of Romanian film makers.
Detroit is a city in spiralling decline. Can music and the arts help to revive it?