State Of The Nation

Episodes

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01Howard Jacobson20200106

In the first of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, a chance encounter forces Howard Jacobson to consider the true meaning of Brexit and ask if national togetherness is no more than a post-war pipe dream. Is the fractiousness of Brexit in fact a return to older and deeper habits? The series also hears from Lionel Shriver, Nadifa Mohamed, James Meek and Jan Carson.

Producer: Jo Glanville
Editor: James Cook

Novelist Howard Jacobson considers the true meaning of Brexit.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

01Howard Jacobson2020010620200107 (R4)

In the first of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, a chance encounter forces Howard Jacobson to consider the true meaning of Brexit and ask if national togetherness is no more than a post-war pipe dream. Is the fractiousness of Brexit in fact a return to older and deeper habits? The series also hears from Lionel Shriver, Nadifa Mohamed, James Meek and Jan Carson.

Producer: Jo Glanville
Editor: James Cook

Novelist Howard Jacobson considers the true meaning of Brexit.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

01State of the Nation - Howard Jacobson20200106
02Nadifa Mohamed20200107

In the second of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, Nadifa Mohamed recalls her family’s arrival from Somalia when she was a young child and explains why it’s only now that’s she’s ready to call the UK home. The series also hears from Lionel Shriver, Howard Jacobson, James Meek and Jan Carson.

Producer: Jo Glanville
Editor: James Cook

Novelist Nadifa Mohamed explains why she\u2019s now ready to call the UK home.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

02Nadifa Mohamed2020010720200108 (R4)

In the second of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, Nadifa Mohamed recalls her family’s arrival from Somalia when she was a young child and explains why it’s only now that’s she’s ready to call the UK home. The series also hears from Lionel Shriver, Howard Jacobson, James Meek and Jan Carson.

Producer: Jo Glanville
Editor: James Cook

Novelist Nadifa Mohamed explains why she\u2019s now ready to call the UK home.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

02State of the Nation - Nadifa Mohamed20200107
03Lionel Shriver20200108

In the third of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, Lionel Shriver examines the passions that drive both supporters and critics of Brexit and suggests that maybe the issue is not quite as important as we like to think. The series also hears from Howard Jacobson, Nadifa Mohamed, James Meek and Jan Carson.

Producer: Jo Glanville
Editor: James Cook

Novelist Lionel Shriver wonders why we care so much about Brexit.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

03Lionel Shriver2020010820200109 (R4)

In the third of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, Lionel Shriver examines the passions that drive both supporters and critics of Brexit and suggests that maybe the issue is not quite as important as we like to think. The series also hears from Howard Jacobson, Nadifa Mohamed, James Meek and Jan Carson.

Producer: Jo Glanville
Editor: James Cook

Novelist Lionel Shriver wonders why we care so much about Brexit.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

03State of the Nation - Lionel Shriver20200108
04Jan Carson20200109

In the fourth of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, Jan Carson considers the importance of the art of listening and says it’s time for UK politicians to learn a lesson from Northern Ireland. The series also hears from Lionel Shriver, Nadifa Mohamed, James Meek and Howard Jacobson.

Producer: Jo Glanville
Editor: James Cook

Novelist Jan Carson makes a plea for the art of listening.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

04Jan Carson2020010920200110 (R4)

In the fourth of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, Jan Carson considers the importance of the art of listening and says it’s time for UK politicians to learn a lesson from Northern Ireland. The series also hears from Lionel Shriver, Nadifa Mohamed, James Meek and Howard Jacobson.

Producer: Jo Glanville
Editor: James Cook

Novelist Jan Carson makes a plea for the art of listening.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

04State of the Nation - Jan Carson20200109
05James Meek20200110

In the last of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, James Meek explores the definitions that shape our idea of home - is it our family, our neighbourhood, our borders or the wider world? - and offers a new approach to defining where we belong in a divided nation. The series also hears from Lionel Shriver, Nadifa Mohamed, Howard Jacobson and Jan Carson.

Producer: Jo Glanville
Editor: James Cook

Novelist James Meek on the idea of home.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

05James Meek2020011020200111 (R4)

In the last of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, James Meek explores the definitions that shape our idea of home - is it our family, our neighbourhood, our borders or the wider world? - and offers a new approach to defining where we belong in a divided nation. The series also hears from Lionel Shriver, Nadifa Mohamed, Howard Jacobson and Jan Carson.

Producer: Jo Glanville
Editor: James Cook

Novelist James Meek on the idea of home.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

05State of the Nation - James Meek20200110
0101We Live In The Sky20140425

In the first in a series of stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society, Jenni Fagan tells the story of Okello, a young Ugandan boy trying to make sense of his new life in a London tower block. While his uncle is away, working round the clock to feed them, Okello wonders why life up in the clouds should be like this.

Reader: Damson Idris

Producer: Justine Willett

Writer: Jenni Fagan, one of Granta Magazine's '20 Best Novelists under the Age of 40' last year. She's the author of the acclaimed 'Panopticon'.

In the first in a series of hard-hitting stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society, Jenni Fagan tells the story of Okello, a young Ugandan boy trying to make sense of his new life in a London tower block. While his uncle is away, working round the clock to feed them, Okello wonders why life up in the clouds should be like this.

0102Pot Luck20140502

The second in a series of hard-hitting stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society in Britain today. In Lisa Blower's 'Pot Luck', a mother finds self-worth through those who have nothing in austerity-struck Stoke-on-Trent. The reader is Jaqueline Redgewell.

Producer: Justine Willett

Reader: Jacqueline Redgewell

Writer: Lisa Blower left full-time academia to become a writer in 2006. Her story 'Broken Crockery' won The Guardian's National Short Story Competition in 2009, and her story 'Barmouth' was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award in 2013. Her first novel is titled 'Sitting Ducks'.

0103 LASTA Glass Of Cold Water20140509

In the last in a series of stories looking at the lives of those living on the economic margins of society, a young labourer tries to find solace and work in austerity-struck rural Wales.

Cynan Jones was one of Granta Magazine's '20 Best Novelists under the Age of 40' last year. His new novel is 'The Dig'.

Producer: Justine Willett

Reader: tbc

Writer: Cynan Jones.

Cynan Jones is the acclaimed author of four novels. His first novel, 'The Long Dry' won a Betty Trask award. His most recent novel is 'The Dig', of which Jon day in The Telegraph said: 'The Dig is more than a bleak portrait of what is now called the "rural economy". It is a book about the essentials: life and death, cruelty and compassion. It is a book that will get in your bones, and haunt you.'

Reader: Robert Wilfort

0201Howard Jacobson2020010620200107 (R4)

In the first of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, a chance encounter forces Howard Jacobson to consider the true meaning of Brexit and ask if national togetherness is no more than a post-war pipe dream. Is the fractiousness of Brexit in fact a return to older and deeper habits? The series also hears from Lionel Shriver, Nadifa Mohamed, James Meek and Jan Carson.

Novelist Howard Jacobson considers the true meaning of Brexit.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

0202Nadifa Mohamed2020010720200108 (R4)

In the second of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, Nadifa Mohamed recalls her family’s arrival from Somalia when she was a young child and explains why it’s only now that’s she’s ready to call the UK home. The series also hears from Lionel Shriver, Howard Jacobson, James Meek and Jan Carson.

Novelist Nadifa Mohamed explains why she's now ready to call the UK home.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

0203Lionel Shriver2020010820200109 (R4)

In the third of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, Lionel Shriver examines the passions that drive both supporters and critics of Brexit and suggests that maybe the issue is not quite as important as we like to think. The series also hears from Howard Jacobson, Nadifa Mohamed, James Meek and Jan Carson.

Novelist Lionel Shriver wonders why we care so much about Brexit.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

0204Jan Carson2020010920200110 (R4)

In the fourth of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, Jan Carson considers the importance of the art of listening and says it’s time for UK politicians to learn a lesson from Northern Ireland. The series also hears from Lionel Shriver, Nadifa Mohamed, James Meek and Howard Jacobson.

Novelist Jan Carson makes a plea for the art of listening.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.

0205James Meek2020011020200111 (R4)

In the last of a series of five talks by British novelists reflecting on the state of the nation, James Meek explores the definitions that shape our idea of home - is it our family, our neighbourhood, our borders or the wider world? - and offers a new approach to defining where we belong in a divided nation. The series also hears from Lionel Shriver, Nadifa Mohamed, Howard Jacobson and Jan Carson.

Novelist James Meek on the idea of home.

Five leading writers on the state of Britain in January 2020.