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Lebo Mashile, Maziar Bahari, Kate Tempest

Poet Lebo Mashile on post-apartheid writers, news from the Zanzibar music festival, Kate Tempest and folk musician Eliza Carthy, Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari and John Madden.

Street poet Thabiso Mohare talks to the performance poet Lebo Mashile about South Africa’s post-apartheid generation of writers.
There is news from the Zanzibar music festival, a report from the Lahore and Karachi Literature festivals and we hear from Iranian/American author Rabih Alameddine about the blue-haired, septuagenarian Beiruti bookworm who is the heroine of his latest book.

Bestselling author Jeffrey Archer tells how his villain refused to be killed, performance poet Kate Tempest and folk musician Eliza Carthy perform together at the BBC’s 6 Music Festival. The imprisoned Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari explains how his story became a film. Plus, film director John Madden discusses reuniting the Exotic Marigold Hotel gang – Dames Maggie and Judi with added Richard Gere.

(Photo: Lebo Mashire (c) Daniel Kogozi/Getty, Maziar Bahari (c) Tim P. Whitby/Getty, Kate Tempest (c) Jean-Francois Mosier/Getty)

50 minutes

Last on

Mon 2 Mar 2015 09:05GMT

Music and featured items

  • Writing in new South Africa

    We meet a new generation of writers in South Africa

    Duration: 06:24

  • Taarab Music

    Rita Ray talks to leading exponent Mohamed Ilyas

    Duration: 04:26

  • The Karachi and Lahore Literary Festivals

    Fifi Haroon reports from Pakistan

    Duration: 04:37

  • Rabih Alameddine

    The Lebanese born writer discusses his recent novel, An Unnecessary Woman

    Duration: 07:31

  • Jeffrey Archer

    The best selling author talks about his book, Mightier Than the Sword

    Duration: 09:16

  • Maziar Bahari

    The Iranian/Canadian journalist talks about a film that's based on his own imprisonment

    Duration: 05:59

  • Kate Tempest and Eliza Carthy

    An eclectic collaboration by the performance poet and the English folk musician

    Duration: 03:00

  • John Madden

    Director of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    Duration: 08:13

  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    Abezizwe (Uniting Nations Together)

  • Thomas Newman

    Jhroom Barabara Jhroom

  • Sly & the Family Stone

    Family Affair

  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan


  • Kae Tempest & Eliza Carthy


  • Mohamed Ilyas

    Amenipokeya (She Has Embraced Me)

  • Lebo

    Ribbon of Rhythm

  • Noor Jehan

    Hamari Sanson Mein Aaj Tak Woh

  • Oliver Spink and Ben Howells

    A Final Mission

  • Sonny Kendis

    Cream in my Coffee

  • Cream in my Coffee

Book List

The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket by Osman Samiuddin
Wounded Tiger: A History of Cricket in Pakistan by Peter Oborne
A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine


Role Contributor
Presenter Nikki Bedi
Producer Philippa Ritchie


  • Sat 28 Feb 2015 12:05GMT
  • Mon 2 Mar 2015 09:05GMT