9am Monday 4 September – Thursday 7 September
Stephen Fry and Grayson Perry Discuss handwriting as art
Fry’s English Delight: latest series of Stephen Fry’s ever popular interrogation of this Lish we call Eng, starts with Grayson Perry helping Stephen examine the physicality of text. Then why the word ‘wank’ is onomatopoeic, comedian Adam Hills on Ozzienglish, and the Krazy (!) links between madness and meaning with Jo Brand. All 33 are available here:
11.30 19th October Pick a Sky and Name It
Poet Momtaza Mehri recreates the childhood experiences that turned a young British-Somali girl living in the Middle East, into a published millennial poet. A house belonging to her grandmother is the closest Momtaza has come to having a permanent home. Aside from summer months in London, her family picked its way across Saudi, Syria and the UAE, following her dad’s work. Across a sea, another gulf, was the country her parents no longer called home.
Momtaza Mehri’s work appears in sugar.lump.prayer (Akashic Books, 2017) and TEN: POETS OF THE NEW GENERATION (Bloodaxe, 2017).
The Driverless Car will soon be commonplace. We will be driven from the driver’s seat by new technology. In this Archive on 4, confirmed motorist Peter Curran looks at the last eighty years of car culture, the cult of ownership and life in the driving seat. Soon it will be time to hang up the driving gloves and make way for a safer greener vehicle that comes when you call it, takes you to your destination then goes away again. More of a taxi, really, not something you’ll own. But the car has driven itself deep into popular culture, so how easy will it be to let go of the steering wheel? Comedian and author Alexei Sayle gives a Marxist perspective.
Bespoke audio/podcasts for the University of Newcastle’s Thomas Nashe Project.
Nashe – University Wit and possibly Shakespeare collaborator, a pornographer and provocative pamphleteer when the term ‘professional writer’ was unheard of. This project aims to put him back on the timeline of literary history