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Irvine Welsh

'I don't really set out to shock' - Irvine Welsh

Campaigning documentaries are back - we hear about new anti-sugar movie Fed Up. Irvine ‘Trainspotting’ Welsh talks about his new novel. And, there is upcoming Ghanaian-British music star Kwabs and music from Senegal’s Les Freres Guisse. We meet opera’s most in-demand couple Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello and uncover new theatre from South Africa and Asian-America.

(Photo: From left to right, Irvine Welsh, credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images. Laurie David, credit: Alberto E Rodriguez. And, David Henry Hwang)

50 minutes

Last on

Sun 18 May 2014 21:06GMT

Music and featured items

  • Irvine Welsh

    The Scottish writer talks about his new novel, The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

    Duration: 05:52

  • Fed Up

    Interview with Laurie David, the producer of a new campaigning documentary

    Duration: 02:22

  • Caine Prize Shortlist

    Chikodili Emelumadu tells us about the books on the shortlist

    Duration: 09:07

  • Kwabena Sarkodee Adjepong

    The Ghanaian born musician known as Kwabs performs live

    Duration: 05:37

  • David Henry Hwang

    The Chinese-American playwright talks about his new play, Yellow Face

    Duration: 08:25

  • Les Freres Guisses

    The Senegalese acoustic trio sing about love and politics

    Duration: 03:57

  • South African Theatre

    New theatre from the post-apartheid generation

    Duration: 08:01

  • Ailyn Pérez and Stephen Costello

    The opera stars currently starring La Traviata at the Royal Opera House in London

    Duration: 06:05

  • Leftfield

    Song of Life

  • The Watts 103rd Street Strings

    Brown Sugar

  • Tan Dun

    The Eternal Vow

  • Julie Andrews

    A Spoon Full of Sugar

  • Mesu Kasumai

    Alla Lamina

  • Kwabs

    Jealous Guy

  • Kwabs

    Pray for Love

  • Maalsesh

    150 Ans

  • Jonathan Pryce

    The Engineer from Miss Saigon

  • Les Frères Guissé

    Les Freres Guisse

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Overture to the Marriage of Figaro