The Verb

Ian Mcmillan presents the late night showcase of new writing, found language and hi-octane performance.

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20020406With novelist Zadie Smith, DJ Charlie Dark, oral storytellers from Morocco and an audio cartoon by Peter Blegvad
20020420Julian Barnes on his translation of Daudet's deathbed diaries, a discussion of the French chanson, and a report on the Inuit language and literature.
20020427Ian Mcmillan explores new writing from poet and novelist Jackie Kay and recalls the Black Mountain writers of North Carolina, who influenced the Beat poets, pop art and early rock.
20020504Including children's books written on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
20020518Ian Mcmillan hosts the weekly showcase of new writing, performance and global literature.

Tonight, featuring the South African novelist Nadime Gordimer, and a Punch and Judy show.

20020525Ian Mcmillan on new writing, including a book on performing Shakespeare by National Theatre voice coach Patsy Rodenburg
20020608Ian Mcmillan presents new writing, featuring a story by J M Coetzee and an audio cartoon by American radio producer Gregory Whitehead
20020615Ian Mcmillan presents a showcase of new writing, and considers the stories hidden in everyday documents such as till receipts.

He is joined by authors David Levy and Toby Litt

20020622Ian Mcmillan presents a showcase of new writing.

Belfast playwright Colin Teevan presents a radio drama reflecting Ireland's World Cup dramas.

20020629Gregory Whitehead presents an aural meditation on the theme Evil Axis, and Ian Mcmillan interviews author Jon McGregor.
20020706Glyn Maxwell unveils his work in progress - a monologue by a sinister best man - and Peter Blegvad presents a cartoon for radio.
20020713Ian Mcmillan presents a showcase of new writing from the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, including a look at Yorkshire dialect.
20020921Ian Mcmillan returns with the weekly showcase of new writing, performance and global literature.

Including an essay by Jan Morris, and William Fiennes discussing travel writing.

20020928Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the programme recorded at this year's Edinburgh Festival.
20021005Ian Mcmillan presents a weekly showcase of new writing, performance and global literature.
20021012Graham Swift reads from his work in progress; a dictionary of Polari and gay slang reviewed; plus the performance poetry scene in Amsterdam.
20021019Ian Mcmillan is at the Birmingham Book Festival for this edition of the literary magazine with guests Jim Crace and poet Roi Kwabena and a short drama from Naylah Ahmed.
20021102Ian Mcmillan presents an edition of the literary magazine recorded at the Belfast Festival.

Featuring new work from Belfast writer Tara West, and another instalment of the Keaniad.

20021109The magazine about language, including Michael Ondaatjie on Canadian literature; the task of the editor; Brooklyn writer Toure; poetry from Stockholm; and made-up languages.
20021116Ian Mcmillan explores the literary genre of the epic, with Christopher Logue, who talks about Homer, and Derrek Hines on the Babylonian epic Gilgamesh and other epics.
20021130Featuring Alice Oswald reading sonnets about the audience and a discussion exploring the language of authority.
20021207Ian Mcmillan explores language, including a story by Nigerian Helon Habila, the University of East Anglia's creative writing course, and poet and storyteller Rosemary Harris.
20021214Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, including a specially commissioned Nativity story, a writing competition and and a feature on Christmas songs.
20030104Ian Mcmillan recalls some of the new work commissioned by the programme since it began in April 2002, plus a new poem by Michael Symmons Roberts marking the visit of the Magi.
20030118Ian Mcmillan presents the magazine about language and meets thriller writer Andrew Miller.

He also has news of The Verb's latest competition and talks to novelist Fred D'Aguiar.

20030125Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, including Rose Tremain reading from her latest novel plus a new story by Anne Donovan
20030201Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language and talks to novelist Magnus Mills and poet Katrina Porteous, whose commissions are featured in the programme.
20030208Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

Featuring an imaginary phone conversation between two schoolgirls and a world-weary God from Glasgow writer Anne Donovan

20030215Ian Mcmillan explores protest writing with poet laureate Andrew Motion and Robert Wyatt.

Plus Longshore Drift, a poem by Matrina Porteous.

20030222Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, including a specially commissioned piece commemorating the writer W G Sebald penned by his former student Sarah Miano.
20030301Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, featuring a new art form combining film and poetry, plus the literature of asylum seekers.
20030315Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, featuring a specially commissioned fable about an obsessive carpenter from American writer J Robert Lennon, who explains how the occupations of his characters shape their lives and language.

Plus an exploration of the King James Bible with McMillan and guest Adam Nicholson.

How is that particular translation shaped by the fact that it was written by a gaggle of clerics and not a single author?

20030322On tonight's showcase of writing, performance and language Ian Mcmillan considers the language of branding.

How are words and stories being used by 'verbal identity directors' to persuade us to buy in the global marketplace? Plus, performance in the studio from some of the new voices on the spoken word circuit.

20030329For thirty years Verbatim, The Language Quarterly, has been publishing essays about the byways of English, from the roots of medieval words to the components of football chants.

At last a collection of its essays has been published and in this week's showcase of new writing, language and performance Ian Mcmillan luxuriates in this linguistic jacuzzi along with the editor and some contributors.

To counter the obsession with writing by the youthful, The Verb proudly presents the greatest living writer in Wales, Emyr Humphreys, author of twenty novels and several collections of short stories and poetry.

Now in his eighties, his writing is as vigorous as ever and his latest book, Old People Are A Problem, is absolutely contemporary, dealing with asylum-seeking, cultural and political nationalism and environmental protest.

Ian Mcmillan talks to Humphreys, who reads his most recent story.

20030405For weeks The Verb's listeners have been sending in tantalising snippets of found language.

For the first time James Flint reads the long awaited interactive story that he has fashioned from them.

And bloody butchers, green beasts and Dovey bumbles, Ian Mcmillan rises to the beautiful, brutal poetry of fishing flies.

20030412In the showcase of new writing, language and performance Ian Mcmillan meets novelist Richard Flanagan, who recently travelled from Tasmania to receive from the Queen the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

He enjoyed the irony of this as 200 years ago his ancestors traveled to Tasmania, courtesy of one of the Queen's ancestors, who had them transported.

Flanagan reads Out Of A Wild Sea, a story he has just finished, and Ian investigates the language of dance: pli退, arabesque and cha-cha-cha.

What do they mean, and where do they come from?

20030419Ian Mcmillan presents the showcase of new writing, performance and language recorded before an audience at the new National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

With his guests he charts the extraordinary way the language of the sea and ships influences how we talk, and conducts a master-class in nautical speech.

There's a specially written drama by the young Cornish playwright Carl Grose, performed by members of Kneehigh Theatre.

It's set on the seabed and stars two crabs and Neptune.

The travel writer and novelist Philip Marsden, from St Mawes, considers the importance and poetry of names of places: rocks, bays, even buoys in his new piece, also commissioned by The Verb.

And Ian Mcmillan browses through the Bartlett Library, on of Europe's most important collections of maritime books and papers, now berthed at the museum.

20030426Ian Mcmillan presents the language, literature and performance show.

This week, the building blocks of all writing: letters.

From calligraphy to typefaces, via cursive scripts, ligatures and illumination, Ian goes in search of the character of characters with Edward Docx, whose first novel The Calligrapher combines an obsession with John Donne with a tour of the letter writer's art.

And what's in a name? How did you get your name? How has it affected you? Have you a secret name? Why do you hide it? Ian Mcmillan investigates.

20030503Sacred Poetry, Music, Tragedy and Comedy each have their own muse, and so does Astronomy.

This week, Ian Mcmillan meets the muses, the nine children of Zeus and Mnemosyne (Memory) and considers the case for a tenth.

Who would she be, and what would she inspire? And a new poem from Polly Clark, and an examination of the newspaper column: apogee of a writer's art, or nadir of lazy journalism?

20030510As an Iranian child Marjane Satrapi witnessed the overthrow of the Shah, the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq.

She turned her story into a beautiful and gripping graphic novel, Persepolis, which runs weekly in the French press and has just been translated into English.

She talks to Ian Mcmillan about turning a tumultuous life into a cartoon.

Plus a new commission for the programme by playwright David Greig

20030517Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's showcase of words, language and performance, including new writing from the American Poet Laureate Billy Collins
20030524Ian Mcmillan hosts the weekly showcase of new writing, language and performance, with songs from Clive James and Pete Atkin, a bank holiday road-movie for caravans and a view of Russian literature through the word signifying the dangerousness of people who eat caviar: Azart.
20030531Ian Mcmillan presents original poetry by Adam Thorpe, the final part of Peter Blegvad 's current cartoon series and the result of The Verb's 'Tom Swift' competition.
20030614Ian Mcmillan presents the showcase of new writing, language and performance from Gartree High School in Leicestershire, featuring novelist Bali Rai reading his work in progress, Rani and Sukh, a Romeo and Juliet tale of feuding Punjabi families in Oadby, the schools neighbourhood.

There's new poetry from Mario Petrucci and music from Jim Moray who makes age-old English traditional song absolutely modern.

As well as a piece by the students themselves, Ian Mcmillan delves into their language - finding out about the English spoken by 14 year olds in multi-ethnic Leicestershire.

20030621Ian Mcmillan presents the showcase of new writing, language and performance.

This week, as part of the Architecture on 3 season, there's a new story written for a building, and an investigation of how words and texts are used in architectural design.

Ian also meets the Hollywood screenwriter William C Martell, author of The Secrets Of Action Screenwriting.

20030628Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

Including a new radio play by Welsh writer Niall Griffiths, whose novels include Sheepshagger and Stump.

20030920Radio 3's cabaret of writing, language and performance roars into a new season with a brand new work from the internationally acclaimed playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Presented by Ian Mcmillan

20030927Ian Mcmillan presents the series about language.

Geoff Dyer presents a spoof biography of Jackson Pollock, and there's a new short story by Edward Upward, who is 100 this month.

20031004Ian Mcmillan presents the magazine about language.

Features new work from Japanese author Haruki Murakami and from 70s singer Wreckless Eric.

Plus new writers Dave Eggers and McSweeneys.

20031011Ian Mcmillan hosts a special edition of Radio 3's cabaret of the word, recorded at this year's Cheltenham Festival of Literature.

New writing, explosive performance and Cheltenham based language, with Philip Pullman, Peter Blegvad - and showcasing new writing from Ken Campbell and Owen Sheers

20031018Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

Featuring a specially written drama by Tella Feehily, whose play, Duck, opens at the Royal Court on 26th November.

20031025Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

This week there's new work by Paul Abbott, the writer behind acclaimed TV dramas such as Clocking Off and State Of Play, who returns to writing for radio with his new mini-drama, The Crescent, written for The Verb.

20031101Ian Mcmillan brings The Verb to the edge of England with a programme from the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

There's a new piece with a coastline theme written for the programme by Paul Farley, winner of last year's Whitbread Poetry Award, plus readings and performance from other leading poets at the festival.

20031115Ian MacMillan presents BBC Radio 3's celebration of language and performance.

This week the programme will be hearing from the man described as America's most challenging poet, CK Williams.

He'll be reading from his new book The Singing, his first since the Pulitzer prize winning collection, Repair.

There'll also be an audio cartoon about milk from the inimitable Peter Blegvad and as the king of the ghazal, Jagjit Singh, returns to Britain to perform at the Royal Festival Hall, Ian will be exploring this uniquely Indian fusion of poetry and song.

20031129Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's showcase of new writing and language, with explosive performance from Ken Campbell in the first of his new series of dramatic monologues written especially for The Verb.

And an audio diary from Susan Elderkin, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, who shares her intimate thoughts on her journey across China as part of the British Council Writer's Train.

20031213Ian Mcmillan serves up another helping of Radio 3's language goulash.

This week the programme features a specially commissioned story from the poet and novelist Tobias Hill, inspired by his recent travels in Mexico, and the inimitable Ken Campbell lets his imagination run away with him in another of his performance pieces composed for The Verb.

20031220Ian Mcmillan returns from the kingdom of Dictionopolis carrying a freshly minted edition of Radio 3's word fest.

Tonight, get your fridge magnets at the ready as The Verb's Christmas Writing Competition is launched, and prepare yourself for another shower of sentences from that stalwart of British theatre, Ken Campbell

20040110Ian Mcmillan comes up from the language mine bearing a sack full of shiny words.

This week a specially commissioned story from the award-winning writer Sherman Alexie, whose stories about Native American lives charm and pierce with a force that overturns all the many stereotypes of these original inhabitants of America.

And too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story - The Verb finds out if there's more to a novella than size.

20040117This week Ian explores the noble art of the essay, with some of its greatest proponents.

Listen out for the results of The Verb's Christmas writing competition - Mario Petrucci reads the winning fridge magnet poem.

20040124This week Ian explores the noble art of the essay, with some of its greatest proponents.

And listen out for the results of The Verb's Christmas writing competition - Mario Petrucci reads the winning Fridge magnet poem.

20040131Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.
20040221Almost every exhibition now presses an audio-guide on the visitor.

These are sometimes more absorbing than the exhibits.

So for Radio 3's showcase of new writing and performance Ian Mcmillan challenged Charles Palliser, best-selling author of The Quincunx, to write a radio play in the form of one of these smooth-voiced squires.

Palliser, famous for his brilliant plotting and Gothic imagination, has responded with a tale of intrigue and murder.

Ian is joined too by riddling storyteller Daniel Morden, and Peter Blegvad returns with the first of his new eartoons.

20040228In the cabaret of language this week MC Ian Mcmillan introduces the American writer Richard Powers, author of the acclaimed novel The Time of Our Singing.

For The Verb he has written something between a meditation and a short story, prompted by the beguiling promise language of spam emails.

Tom Robinson performs a new song formed of found language - and found music, too.

There's another eartoon from Peter Blegvad, and it's the grand finale of the Overheards competition, in which listeners have deluged the programme with works of art they have wrought from snippets of overheard conversation.

20040306Ian Mcmillan presents the language and literature show.

This week, a new performance from Jean Binta Breeze and a look at Come Out Eli, a play which uses transcripts of interviews with witnesses to tell the story of a London siege.

20040313Ian Mcmillan presents the showcase of new writing, performance and language, with a new short story for radio by Mia Couto, Mozambique's best-known writer.

Mark Abley, author of 'Spoken Here -Travels Among Threatened Languages' has gone around the world listening to languages spoken by tiny groups.

He reports not on their precarious state, but on their extraordinary richness.

For example, the Boro language in India has a verb which means 'to create a pinching sensation in the armpit'.

And Ned Thomas, expert on the minority languages of Europe, makes sense of the tangled relationship of power, politics, land and language.

20040320The poet and playwright Liz Lochhead introduces a commissioned piece for radio inspired by park benches and the conversations had on them, and the chanteuse Sarah Jane Morris performs some brand new songs in the studio, and reflects on why her rendition of 'Me and Mrs Jones' sometimes causes consternation in the audience.
20040327Who said - " Sex without love is an empty gesture but as empty gestures go its one of the best"? Or Wisdom and beauty form a very rare combination? Ian Mcmillan explores the wonderful world of the aphorism.

Also, hi-octane performance from poet Attila the Stockbroker.

Who said - "" Sex without love is an empty gesture but as empty gestures go its one of the best""? Or Wisdom and beauty form a very rare combination? Ian Mcmillan explores the wonderful world of the aphorism.

20040410In a springtime programme devoted to the natural world Elspeth Barker responds to nature crossing her threshold and invading her house.

Ian Mcmillan takes a nature walk with William Fiennes, author of The Snow Geese and Richard Mabey writes about writing about nature.

20040417Matthew Kneale, author of the wonderful historical novels Sweet Thames and English Passengers, reads a new story commissioned by The Verb.

Ian Mcmillan is joined too by Mario Petrucci, who performs part of Heavy Water, a remarkable long poem drawn from the accounts of survivors of the Chernobyl disaster which happened eighteen years ago - the time it takes a person to reach adulthood - this month.

Matthew Kneale, author of the wonderful historical novels Sweet Thames and English Passengers, reads a new story commissioned by The Verb. Ian McMillan is joined too by Mario Petrucci, who performs part of Heavy Water, a remarkable long poem drawn from the accounts of survivors of the Chernobyl disaster which happened eighteen years ago - the time it takes a person to reach adulthood - this month.

20040501Ian Mcmillan meets the stage director, designer, singer, actress and cellist all rehearsing the Staying Alive Tour, making a controversial anthology into a theatrical event.

Meanwhile, Michelene Wandor returns from the world's biggest conference of creative writers with the new piece of creative writing it inspired.

20040508Jeffrey Eugenides, acclaimed author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, talks to Ian McMillan and reads an exclusive extract from his next book. Plusan examination of one of the great feats of translation: the translator of Sebald and Zweig on the challenge of Asterix.

Jeffrey Eugenides, acclaimed author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, talks to Ian Mcmillan and reads an exclusive extract from his next book.

20040515Z Z Packer is a young American writer whose first collection of short stories, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, has garnered transatlantic acclaim.

She talks to Ian Mcmillan and reads a new piece set in the Atlanta of her childhood.

And with a new novel, biography and film of his life pending, The Verb goes in search of Christopher Marlowe, inventor of the 'mighty line': blank verse drama.

Z Z Packer is a young American writer whose first collection of short stories, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, has garnered transatlantic acclaim. She talks to Ian McMillan and reads a new piece set in the Atlanta of her childhood. And with a new novel, biography and film of his life pending, The Verb goes in search of Christopher Marlowe, inventor of the 'mighty line': blank verse drama.

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20040529James Wood joins Ian Mcmillan to talk about the art and craft of literary judgement, plus performances of new work from Malawian poet Jack Mapanje and Sudanese poet Hafez Kheir.
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20040626As the Olympic flame arrives in London, Ian McMillan presents a new series of commissions in which contemporary writers look again at the Greek myths.

The first is a short story by Panos Karnezis, author of the acclaimed collection 'Little Infamies' and the novel 'The Maze.' His story is based on the myth of Arachne, a supremely gifted weaver who dared challenge the goddess Minerva to a contest.

Also featuring new work from Ken Campbell, and a feature on the great Pablo Neruda.

As the Olympic flame arrives in London, Ian Mcmillan presents a new series of commissions in which contemporary writers look again at the Greek myths.

The first is a short story by Panos Karnezis, author of the acclaimed collection 'Little Infamies' and the novel 'The Maze.' His story is based on the myth of Arachne, a supremely gifted weaver who dared challenge the goddess Minerva to a contest.

Also featuring new work from Ken Campbell, and a feature on the great Pablo Neruda.

20040703Ian McMillan presents the second in a series of new commissions in which contemporary writers look again at the Greek myths. This week, playwright Colin Teevan with an extraordinary monologue based on the story of Medea. Teevan's Medea is a man betrayed by his wife, and his revenge is quite as terrible as Euripides' original. Also featuring new work from Ken Campbell, and a profile of the nineteenth century Dorset poet William Barnes, currently being championed by Christopher Ricks.

Ian Mcmillan presents the second in a series of new commissions in which contemporary writers look again at the Greek myths.

This week, playwright Colin Teevan with an extraordinary monologue based on the story of Medea.

Also featuring new work from Ken Campbell, and a profile of the nineteenth century Dorset poet William Barnes, currently being championed by Christopher Ricks.

20040710Ian Mcmillan presents the third in a series of new commissions in which contemporary writers look again at the Greek myths.

This week, poet Ruth Padel reads a gripping short story based on the myth of Deianeira and the death of Heracles, who perished in agony after putting on a poisoned cloak, a gift from a woman who loved him.

Also featuring a new piece by Ken Campbell

20040716Ian Mcmillan presents the last in a series of new commissions in which contemporary writers look again at the Greek myths.

And, fifty years after it was written, Ian celebrates Philip Larkin's poem Churchgoing.

Also featuring a new piece by Ken Campbell

20040717Ian Mcmillan presents the last in a series of new commissions in which contemporary writers look again at the Greek myths.

And, fifty years after it was written, Ian celebrates Philip Larkin's poem Churchgoing.

Also featuring a new piece by Ken Campbell

20040724Ian McMillan presents a special programme showcasing the best of The Verb's specially commissioned writing for radio. Including outstanding work from Richard Powers, Paul Abbott and Elspeth Barker.

Ian Mcmillan presents a special programme showcasing the best of The Verb's specially commissioned writing for radio.

Including outstanding work from Richard Powers, Paul Abbott and Elspeth Barker.

20040918Ian McMillan's guests are Booker Prize winning novelist Yann Martel and writer and singer Nick Cave.

Ian Mcmillan's guests are Booker Prize winning novelist Yann Martel and writer and singer Nick Cave.

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20041002Ian McMillan with more late night word cabaret: newly commissioned writing, hi-octane performance, and the best in world literature.

Ian Mcmillan with more late night word cabaret: newly commissioned writing, hi-octane performance, and the best in world literature.

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20041016This week he explores the perplexing subject of spelling - its history, uses and misuses - with the help of Linguistics professor Vivan Cook, author of Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary.

Plus, the singer Barb Jungr will be performing a specially commissioned song about spelling, and there'll be a chance to hear a new radio drama from the acclaimed Irish writer Ronan Bennett.

Ian McMillan presents the late night showcase of new writing, found language and hi-octane performance. This week he explores the perplexing subject of spelling - its history, uses and misuses - with the help of Linguistics professor Vivan Cook, author of Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary. Plus, the singer Barb Jungr will be performing a specially commissioned song about spelling, and there'll be a chance to hear a new radio drama from the acclaimed Irish writer Ronan Bennett.

20041023Ian McMillan presents the late night showcase of new writing, found language and hi-octane performance.
20041030Margaret Atwood and Robert Bringhurst talk to Ian MacMillan about the Classical Hyda Mythtellers, the native American stories which Atwood describes as 'An American Iliad'.

Margaret Atwood and Robert Bringhurst talk to Ian MacMillan about the Classical Hyda Mythtellers, the native American stories which Atwood describes as 'An American Iliad'.

20041106This week's guest is the acclaimed Irish writer Ronan Bennett.

Ian McMillan presents the late night showcase of new writing, found language and hi-octane performance. This week's guest is the acclaimed Irish writer Ronan Bennett.

20041113This week there'll be a chance to hear the acclaimed Scottish writer AL Kennedy, who explores her own fear of flying in a letter specially commissioned for The Verb.

Ian McMillan presents the late night showcase of new writing, found language and hi-octane performance. This week there'll be a chance to hear the acclaimed Scottish writer AL Kennedy, who explores her own fear of flying in a letter specially commissioned for The Verb.

20041120Ian McMillan presents a special edition of Radio 3's cabaret of new writing, language and performance from the London Jazz Festival - with a jazz theme, star names from the world of writing and music, and the best in word-based improvisation.

Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of Radio 3's cabaret of new writing, language and performance from the London Jazz Festival - with a jazz theme, star names from the world of writing and music, and the best in word-based improvisation.

20041127Ian McMillan presents the late-night showcase of new writing and performance. Acclaimed Scottish writer AL Kennedy describes her fear of flying in a specially commissioned letter.

Ian Mcmillan presents the late-night showcase of new writing and performance.

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20050108Ian McMillan introduces a new series for The Verb in which the Tom Paulin explores the Secret Life of the Poem. Over the next four weeks he will be looking behind the stanzas of seemingly familiar poetry and revealing the hidden histories and meanings behind them, beginning today with He Fumbles At Your Soul by Emily Dickinson. Ian will also be marking the 40th anniversary of the death of T S Eliot with a reassessment of his reputation as a dramatist.

Ian Mcmillan introduces a new series for The Verb in which the Tom Paulin explores the Secret Life of the Poem.

Over the next four weeks he will be looking behind the stanzas of seemingly familiar poetry and revealing the hidden histories and meanings behind them, beginning today with He Fumbles At Your Soul by Emily Dickinson.

Ian will also be marking the 40th anniversary of the death of T S Eliot with a reassessment of his reputation as a dramatist.

20050115Ian McMillan with another cabaret of the word. Tom Paulin continues his series the Secret Life of the Poem with Robert Browning's Meeting at Night, and audio cartoonist Peter Blegvad returns.

Tom Paulin continues his series the Secret Life of the Poem with Robert Browning's Meeting at Night, and audio cartoonist Peter Blegvad returns.

20050122Ian McMillan is joined by the poet Julia Darling, who has written a new story about sickness and waiting. Tom Paulin reveals the secrets of Seamus Heaney, and award winning 'eartoonist' Peter Blegvad returns.

Ian Mcmillan is joined by the poet Julia Darling, who has written a new story about sickness and waiting.

Tom Paulin reveals the secrets of Seamus Heaney, and award winning 'eartoonist' Peter Blegvad returns.

20050129Ian McMillan with another cabaret of language. Tom Paulin concludes his series the Secret Life of the Poem and award winning audio cartoonist Peter Blegvad is in the studio.

Tom Paulin concludes his series the Secret Life of the Poem and award winning audio cartoonist Peter Blegvad is in the studio.

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20050212Ian McMillan presents a special edition featuring writers Ali Smith and Paul Bailey in a dialogue about dialogue.

Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition featuring writers Ali Smith and Paul Bailey in a dialogue about dialogue.

20050219Ian McMillan presents the language, literature and performance show. As the daffodils begin to appear, poet Paul Farley gives a modern answer to Wordsworth's classic verses.

As the daffodils begin to appear, poet Paul Farley gives a modern answer to Wordsworth's classic verses.

20050226Ian McMillan sneaks a preview of an exclusive extract from David Peace's next novel, The Damned United, which dramatises scenes from the life of the legendary footballer and manager Brian Clough, and Ken Campbell begins a new series of commissioned monologues.

Ian Mcmillan sneaks a preview of an exclusive extract from David Peace's next novel, The Damned United, which dramatises scenes from the life of the legendary footballer and manager Brian Clough, and Ken Campbell begins a new series of commissioned monologues.

20050305Ian McMillan presents a special programme recorded at the Hayward Gallery, celebrating African writing and performance. Ngugi Wa Thiong'O reads from his next novel, Jackie Kay performs new poetry and the Daara J trio showcase the best in Senegalese hip hop.

Ian Mcmillan presents a special programme recorded at the Hayward Gallery, celebrating African writing and performance.

Ngugi Wa Thiong'O reads from his next novel, Jackie Kay performs new poetry and the Daara J trio showcase the best in Senegalese hip hop.

20050312With new work from cult Israeli writer Etgar Keret, and a commissioned drama about intrusive documentary-making from playwright Steve Waters.

Ian McMillan presents the literature and performance programme, with new work from cult Israeli writer Etgar Keret, and a commissioned drama about intrusive documentary-making from playwright Steve Waters.

20050319Whitbread prize-winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts performs a new commission inspired by the Book of Psalms, and Ian hears the first in a series of new versions of the parables as novelist Sarah Hall rewrites the parable of the lost sheep.

Ian McMillan presents the literature and performance programme. Whitbread prize-winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts performs a new commission inspired by the Book of Psalms, and Ian hears the first in a series of new versions of the parables as novelist Sarah Hall rewrites the parable of the lost sheep.

20050326This edition features new poetry from John Burnside and a commissioned parable from acclaimed Pakistani novelist Kamlia Shamsie.

Ian McMillan presents the literature programme. This edition features new poetry from John Burnside and a commissioned parable from acclaimed Pakistani novelist Kamlia Shamsie.

20050409Ian McMillan presents the literature and performance programme, featuring a new short story from acclaimed Irish playwright Billy Roche and performance from Ken Campbell.

Ian Mcmillan presents the literature and performance programme, featuring a new short story from acclaimed Irish playwright Billy Roche and performance from Ken Campbell

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20050430Ian McMillan presents the literature and performance show, with new work from Chimamanda Adichie and Philip Hensher, with a close-reading of David Hughes classic novel The Pork Butcher.

Ian Mcmillan presents the literature and performance show, with new work from Chimamanda Adichie and Philip Hensher, with a close-reading of David Hughes classic novel The Pork Butcher.

20050507Ian McMillan presents the late night showcase of new writing, found language and performance.

Ian talks to the Thai-American writer, Rattawut Lapcharoensap and there's a chance to hear The Verb's award-winning eartoonist, Peter Blegvad.

20050514There's a special commission from Chris Cleave, author of Incendiary, a new novel which imagines

Britain in the aftermath of a terrorist attack.

Chris's commission looks at how language reacts to moments of crisis.

Also on the show, a new eartoon from Peter Blegvad

Ian McMillan presents the writing and performance programme. There's a special commission from Chris Cleave, author of Incendiary, a new novel which imagines

Chris's commission looks at how language reacts to moments of crisis. Also on the show, a new eartoon from Peter Blegvad.

20050521Ian Mcmillan talks to the acclaimed author Barry Hines, author of A Kestrel for a Knave (later filmed as Kes), about his four decade career as novelist, playwright and screen writer.

There's also be a chance to hear another instalment from the Verb's very own eartoonist, Peter Blegvad, and the award-winning travel writer Alexander Frater traces the evolution of travel writing over the past century.

20050528The acclaimed American author Joyce Carol Oates discusses the faith of the writer; plus, a specially commissioned piece by renowned novelist Derek Beavan, and another instalment from The Verb's award-winning eartoonist Peter Blegvad

Ian McMillan presents the writing and performance programme. The acclaimed American author Joyce Carol Oates discusses the faith of the writer; plus, a specially commissioned piece by renowned novelist Derek Beavan, and another instalment from The Verb's award-winning eartoonist Peter Blegvad.

20050604Ian McMillan presents the writing and performance programme from the Hay Literary Festival. He is joined by the acclaimed American music critic Greil Marcus to discuss his new book on Bob Dylan's classic, Like a Rolling Stone.

The Verb's award-winning eartoonist Peter Blegvad will also be on the panel, alongside other stars from the festival.

Ian Mcmillan presents the writing and performance programme from the Hay Literary Festival.

He is joined by the acclaimed American music critic Greil Marcus to discuss his new book on Bob Dylan's classic, Like a Rolling Stone.

The Verb's award-winning eartoonist Peter Blegvad will also be on the panel, alongside other stars from the festival.

20050611Ian McMillan presents the writing and performance programme. This week's poet, Nii Parkes, launches his Verb guide to great African writers; plus, Alex Butterworth on graffiti in the ancient world, and poet Wendy Cope judges the villanelle competition.

Ian Mcmillan presents the writing and performance programme.

This week's poet, Nii Parkes, launches his Verb guide to great African writers; plus, Alex Butterworth on graffiti in the ancient world, and poet Wendy Cope judges the villanelle competition.

20050618Ian McMillan presents the writing and performance programme. Featuring a specially commissioned piece from acclaimed new writer Diana Evans; poet Nii Parkes continues his guide to great African authors and Canadian poet Jen Hadfield reads a new road poem, composed especially for The Verb.
20050625Ian McMillan presents the writing and performance programme. This edition features a special commission from writer Adam Thorpe which pays homage to Baudelaire's classic, Les Fleurs du Mal, which is 100 years old this year. And poet Nii Parkes continues his guide to great African writers.

Ian Mcmillan presents the writing and performance programme.

This edition features a special commission from writer Adam Thorpe which pays homage to Baudelaire's classic, Les Fleurs du Mal, which is 100 years old this year.

20050702Nii Parkes concludes his guide to great African writers and the Malawian poet Jack Mapange reads from new work.

Ian McMillan presents new writing, poetry and performance. Nii Parkes concludes his guide to great African writers and the Malawian poet Jack Mapange reads from new work.

20050709Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of new writing, poetry and performance in the last programme before the Proms season. This week, Radio 3's African writer-in-residence Rommi Smith reads from new work and the winner of the Beethoven competition is announced.

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of new writing, poetry and performance in the last programme before the Proms season.

20050917Ian McMillan returns with a new series of the weekly cabaret of new writing, poetry and performance.

Travel writer Alexander Frater contemplates the darker side of the monsoon in a special commission; novelist Kitty Fitzgerald discusses her startling debut Pigtopia, and there's an arresting performance from the UK's first ever poetry boy band, Aisle 16.

Ian Mcmillan returns with a new series of the weekly cabaret of new writing, poetry and performance.

20050924Ian McMillan looks back at four decades of the Poetry Olympics with its founder Michael Horovitz. Plus the latest from one of Latin America's biggest poetry festivals taking place in Argentina.

Ian Mcmillan looks back at four decades of the Poetry Olympics with its founder Michael Horovitz.

20051001Including the first in a new series of performances from Rommi Smith, Radio 3's writer in residence for the Africa season.

Ian McMillan presents the cabaret of new writing, poetry and performance. Including the first in a new series of performances from Rommi Smith, Radio 3's writer in residence for the Africa season.

20051008It's a translation special, featuring Somaliland's leading poet, Gaarriye, and an exploration of children's literature in translation.

Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language. It's a translation special, featuring Somaliland's leading poet, Gaarriye, and an exploration of children's literature in translation.

20051015There's a mesmerising performance from Klezmer musician Geoff Berner, and another instalment of Rommi Smith's series of poems based on memories of Africa.

Ian McMillan presents another edition of the weekly cabaret of new writing, poetry and performance.

There's a mesmerising performance from Klezmer musician Geoff Berner, and another instalment of Rommi Smith's series of poems based on memories of Africa.

20051022Lost Consonants author Graham Rawle talks about his latest novel, a cut/paste homage to 1950s women's magazines.

Plus a performance from Aisle 16, the UK's first poetry boy band.

With Ian Mcmillan

Lost Consonants author Graham Rawle talks about his latest novel, a cut/paste homage to 1950s women's magazines. Plus a performance from Aisle 16, the UK's first poetry boy band. With Ian McMillan.

20051105Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language. With a specially commissioned poem about dark places for Guy Fawkes Night, and a discussion about the new literary phenomenon of fan fiction.

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

20051112Ian McMillan marks ten years since the death of Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, and Peter Blegvad returns with another series of his award winning 'eartoons'.

Ian Mcmillan marks ten years since the death of Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, and Peter Blegvad returns with another series of his award winning 'eartoons'.

20051119Ian McMillan presents a special edition of the show from the London Jazz Festival. Guests include pianist Gareth Williams and acclaimed jazz vocalist Norma Winstone. Plus Verb regulars Peter Blegvad and Salena Godden.

Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the show from the London Jazz Festival.

Plus Verb regulars Peter Blegvad and Salena Godden.

20051126Another instalment from resident eartoonist Peter Blegvad, and an alternative view of American Thanksgiving in a piece from Native American novelist Susan Power.

With Paul Farley

20051203Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of new writing, poetry and performance.

Acclaimed Chinese-American novelist Amy Tan talks about her latest book Saving Fish From Drowning, and Poet Laureate Andrew Motion tells of the launch of the national poetry archive.

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of new writing, poetry and performance.

Acclaimed Chinese-American novelist Amy Tan talks about her latest book Saving Fish From Drowning, and Poet Laureate Andrew Motion tells of the launch of the national poetry archive.

20051210This edition features another instalment from The Verb's award-winning eartoonist, Peter Blegvad

Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of new writing, poetry and performance. This edition features another instalment from The Verb's award-winning eartoonist, Peter Blegvad.

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20060107Second of two programmes in which Ian MacMillan looks back over the best writing and performances broadcast by The Verb in the past twelve months.
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20060128Stig Dalager, one of Denmark's greatest living writers, has just had his first novel published in English. It's been heralded as a masterpiece, and is a fictional account of the complex life and loves of another Danish master storyteller - Hans Christian Andersen. Ian McMillan talks to Stig in his first British interview.

Stig Dalager, one of Denmark's greatest living writers, has just had his first novel published in English.

It's been heralded as a masterpiece, and is a fictional account of the complex life and loves of another Danish master storyteller - Hans Christian Andersen.

Ian Mcmillan talks to Stig in his first British interview.

20060204Play detective with Ian McMillan when writer Val McDermid uncovers the secret of The Grave Tattoo, and reveals that the poet William Wordsworth and Fletcher Christian were childhood buddies.

Plus, in the last of the series on South East Asian writers, Tash Aw talks about Korea's greatest living writer, the novelist Hwang Sok-yong and his novel The Guest.

Play detective with Ian Mcmillan when writer Val McDermid uncovers the secret of The Grave Tattoo, and reveals that the poet William Wordsworth and Fletcher Christian were childhood buddies.

20060211Ian McMillan hears from Will Self, who reads from his forthcoming novel featuring a disgruntled East End taxi driver; and Peter Blegvad uncovers the secret lives of books.

Ian Mcmillan hears from Will Self, who reads from his forthcoming novel featuring a disgruntled East End taxi driver; and Peter Blegvad uncovers the secret lives of books.

20060218Joolz Denby jumps onto her shark biscuit to deliver a dark tale of dangerous infatuation in the surfing village of Polwenna.

And the latest in the topical tight turn-around written pieces adds another grain of unpredictability to Ian McMillan's cabaret of the written and spoken word.

Joolz Denby jumps onto her shark biscuit to deliver a dark tale of dangerous infatuation in the surfing village of Polwenna.

And the latest in the topical tight turn-around written pieces adds another grain of unpredictability to Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of the written and spoken word.

20060225Booker prize winner DBC Pierre talks to Ian McMillan. Also featuring performance poet Shamshad Khan and children's author Maurice Gleitzman.

Booker prize winner DBC Pierre talks to Ian Mcmillan.

Also featuring performance poet Shamshad Khan and children's author Maurice Gleitzman.

20060304Howard Jacobson gives Ian McMillan a sneak preview of his novel, Kalooki Nights. Plus, David Harsent and Michael Symonds discuss why poets are turning to writing crime novels.

Howard Jacobson gives Ian Mcmillan a sneak preview of his novel, Kalooki Nights.

20060325The first two pages of a novel can sell it - or kill it.

Ian Mcmillan launches a competition that could win you a place on an Arvon's first-time novelists course, run by acclaimed writers Sarah Waters and Tim Lott.

Plus, the world of Suzanne Andrade has been described as suburban gothic.

She puts to words and music a forbidding and surreal world.

Plus, the world of SUZANNE Andrade has been described as suburban gothic.

The first two pages of a novel can sell it - or kill it. Ian McMillan launches a competition that could win you a place on an Arvon's first-time novelists course, run by acclaimed writers Sarah Waters and Tim Lott.

Plus, the world of Suzanne Andrade has been described as suburban gothic. She puts to words and music a forbidding and surreal world.

20060401To celebrate the centenary of Samuel Beckett's birth, Hollywood director Anthony Minghella joins Ian MacMillan to present a specially commissioned play he has written for The Verb.

Leading lady and long time Beckett muse, Billie Whitelaw, shares her unique and intimate insight into the mind of the playwright and his work, reminiscing on her 25 years as his close artistic collaborator.

20060408The spotlight is on award winning playwright Kay Adshead's Of the End, her new radio play inspired by Samuel Beckett. Plus a celebration of the bard of Orkney, storyteller and poet George McKay Brown.

The spotlight is on award winning playwright Kay Adshead's Of the End, her new radio play inspired by Samuel Beckett.

20060415The last in the series of special Samuel Beckett commissions. Presented by Ian McMillan.

The last in the series of special Samuel Beckett commissions.

20060422The body of a boy is washed up on a beach.

Was it a fishing accident? Or was it murder? What unfolds is a haunting short story especially commissioned for The Verb in which the Nigerian born writer Segun Afolabi explores the role of blame in our societies today.

He will also talk about the art of the short story with Ian Mcmillan and guests.

The body of a boy is washed up on a beach. Was it a fishing accident? Or was it murder? What unfolds is a haunting short story especially commissioned for The Verb in which the Nigerian born writer Segun Afolabi explores the role of blame in our societies today.

He will also talk about the art of the short story with Ian McMillan and guests.

20060429How can running a marathon across the Sahara desert or winning the Antarctic marathon in minus 30 degrees help Booker-nominated Michael Collins write?

He talks to Ian McMillan about the power of endurance and whether battling against the elements is comparable with the battle of the imagination against the blank page.

How can running a marathon across the Sahara desert or winning the Antarctic marathon in minus 30 degrees help Booker-nominated Michael Collins write?

He talks to Ian Mcmillan about the power of endurance and whether battling against the elements is comparable with the battle of the imagination against the blank page.

20060506To mark the 150th birthday of Sigmund Freud, novelist Jenny Diski looks at the impact he had on writers and writing. Presented by Ian McMillan.

To mark the 150th birthday of Sigmund Freud, novelist Jenny Diski looks at the impact he had on writers and writing.

Presented by Ian Mcmillan

20060520Insects may be seen as pests but they have influenced and shaped our language as well as our literature.

Pest expert Bridget Nicolls and pest musician Mira Calix prove this to Ian Mcmillan in surprising ways.

And Orange prize winner Kate Grenville reads a specially commissioned short story.

Insects may be seen as pests but they have influenced and shaped our language as well as our literature. Pest expert Bridget Nicolls and pest musician Mira Calix prove this to Ian McMillan in surprising ways. And Orange prize winner Kate Grenville reads a specially commissioned short story.

20060527An audio spectacular awaits as Ian McMillan and guests attend this year's Hay Literary Festival.

An audio spectacular awaits as Ian Mcmillan and guests attend this year's Hay Literary Festival.

20060603Ian McMillan uncovers The Meaning of Night, the title of Michael Cox's Victorian novel which is tipped to be the bestseller of the autumn.

Ian Mcmillan uncovers The Meaning of Night, the title of Michael Cox's Victorian novel which is tipped to be the bestseller of the autumn.

20060610Ian McMillan challenges novelist Maggie Gee to turn her hand to thriller writing. Plus, an interview with poet Michael Tomlinson.

Ian Mcmillan challenges novelist Maggie Gee to turn her hand to thriller writing.

20060617Ian McMillan presents another edition of the language, literature and performance programme.
20060624Ian Mcmillan and guests debate the changing language of the Book of Common Prayer.

The Revd Peter Mullan and Very Revd Colin Slee join Ian to explore how the meaning, power and use of language contained within the foundational prayer book of the Church of England has been affected by re-versioning down the ages.

Linked to the following programme, Between the Ears.

20060701Sukhdev Sandhu takes us on another of his literary nocturnal journeys - deep into the underground world of sewers.

Sukhdev Sandhu takes us on another of his literary nocturnal journeys - deep into the underground world of sewers.

20060708John Betjeman is still remembered as one of Britain's best loved poets. Ian McMillan celebrates his life and legacy in words in the company of people who knew him.

The Verb celebrations start in Britten's beloved Cornwall - in a year which marks the centenary of his birth.

John Betjeman is still remembered as one of Britain's best loved poets.

Ian Mcmillan celebrates his life and legacy in words in the company of people who knew him.

20060923The poet laureate Andrew Motion talks to Ian McMillan about how his childhood ending in a day led to In the Blood, his memoir of post-war England. Plus, performance poet Rhian Edwards kicks off her shoes to revel in the joys and perils of dance - in words.

The poet laureate Andrew Motion talks to Ian Mcmillan about how his childhood ending in a day led to In the Blood, his memoir of post-war England.

20060930Ian McMillan hosts as writer Vanora Bennett talks about the Bible's very first translation into English; and there's a beguiling performance from public art poet Ira Lightman.

Ian Mcmillan hosts as writer Vanora Bennett talks about the Bible's very first translation into English; and there's a beguiling performance from public art poet Ira Lightman.

20061007British Bengali writer Tahmima Anam continues her Guide to Great Bengali writing, plus language professor David Crystal explores the world of the proverb. With Ian McMillan.

British Bengali writer Tahmima Anam continues her Guide to Great Bengali writing, plus language professor David Crystal explores the world of the proverb.

With Ian Mcmillan

20061014Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language, featuring work by resident eartoonist Peter Blegvad.

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, featuring work by resident eartoonist Peter Blegvad

20061021Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language
20061104Free Thinking: Festival of Ideas for the Future

Ian McMillan presents a special live edition of the weekly language and literature cabaret from BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival in Liverpool. The programme features specially commissioned writing on some of the themes in the festival from poet Levi Tafari, eartoonist Peter Blegvad and writer Lizzie Nunnery.

Ian Mcmillan presents a special live edition of the weekly language and literature cabaret from BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival in Liverpool.

The programme features specially commissioned writing on some of the themes in the festival from poet Levi Tafari, eartoonist Peter Blegvad and writer Lizzie Nunnery.

20061111Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language and literature.
20061125This programme focuses on cautionary tales and features Chris Addison, author of a new book of cautionary tales for grown-ups.

Resident eartoonist Peter Blegvad turns his attention to our fascination with tales which warn us of danger.

Ian McMillan presents the weekly language, literature and performance cabaret.

This programme focuses on cautionary tales and features Chris Addison, author of a new book of cautionary tales for grown-ups.

Resident eartoonist Peter Blegvad turns his attention to our fascination with tales which warn us of danger.

20061209Ian McMillan presents the weekly language, literature and performance cabaret.

Guest is poet Fiona Sampson, who explores the allure of the quartet, both literary and musical, in a piece specially written for the programme.

Guest is poet Fiona Sampson, who explores the allure of the quartet, both literary and musical, in a piece specially written for the programme.

20061216Studio guest is novelist Benjamin Markovits, author of a specially commissioned Christmas children's story.

Plus an interview with the acclaimed poet Alan Brownjohn as he looks back at his life and work.

Ian McMillan presents the weekly language, literature and performance cabaret.

20070106Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language. He looks back on the best moments from the programme during 2006.
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20070127Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language. Guests Stuart Maconie and Iain Sinclair debate the literary north-south divide and folk singer Kathryn Williams pays tribute to the poet Stevie Smith.

Guests Stuart Maconie and Iain Sinclair debate the literary north-south divide and folk singer Kathryn Williams pays tribute to the poet Stevie Smith.

20070203Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language. Louise Welsh brings a thriller writer's perspective to a specially commissioned piece about the sinister night life in a large factory in Edinburgh. Daljit Nagra, bard of Dollis Hill, talks to Ian about his collection Look We Have Coming To Dover.

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

Louise Welsh brings a thriller writer's perspective to a specially commissioned piece about the sinister night life in a large factory in Edinburgh.

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20070302Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language. He is joined by Booker-nominated novelist MJ Hyland, who shares an exclusive extract from her forthcoming third novel.
20070309Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language.
20070316Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

He is joined by Peter Cole, author of a book about the astonishing flowering of Hebrew poetry in medieval Spain at a time of Muslim and Christian domination.

He is joined by Peter Cole, author of a book about the astonishing flowering of Hebrew poetry in medieval Spain at a time of Muslim and Christian domination.

20070323Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language. As natural gold runs out in Wales, poet Gillian Clarke delivers an ode commissioned in remembrance of Welsh gold mining.

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

As natural gold runs out in Wales, poet Gillian Clarke delivers an ode commissioned in remembrance of Welsh gold mining.

20070330Ian McMillan hosts the weekly cabaret of new writing and performance.

Bestselling thriller writer Jed Rubenfeld discusses the allure of Hamlet and there is another instalment of the guide to great Scandinavian writing.

Bestselling thriller writer Jed Rubenfeld discusses the allure of Hamlet and there is another instalment of the guide to great Scandinavian writing.

20070406This week a specially commissioned piece celebrating The Verb's fifth birthday.

Plus, to mark Good Friday, an exclusive interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, on his poetic career.

Ian McMillan hosts the weekly cabaret of new writing and performance. This week a specially commissioned piece celebrating The Verb's fifth birthday.

Plus, to mark Good Friday, an exclusive interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, on his poetic career.

20070420This week, the second in Elena Lappin's three part series following the adventures of the spam writer Marty Himmelfarb.

Plus, poet Kapka Kassabova discusses her new collection, Geography for the Lost.

Ian McMillan hosts the weekly cabaret of new writing and performance.

This week, the second in Elena Lappin's three part series following the adventures of the spam writer Marty Himmelfarb. Plus, poet Kapka Kassabova discusses her new collection, Geography for the Lost.

20070427Ian McMillan hosts the weekly cabaret of new writing and performance.

Featuring the new wave of Australian anti-pastoral writing with novelist Richard Flanagan, Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng and an arresting performance from Michael McGill.

20070504Ian McMillan hosts the weekly cabaret of new writing and performance, with an edition devoted to the future of science fiction writing.

Featuring a sci-fi eartoon from Peter Blegvad and a new drama from Ira Lightman.

An edition devoted to the future of science fiction writing.

Featuring a sci-fi eartoon from Peter Blegvad and a new drama from Ira Lightman.

20070511Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's showcase of new writing, literature and performance.
20070518This week, poet and novelist Adam Thorpe discusses the relationship between his two crafts.

Plus debut author Steven Hall on the post-modern acrobatics in his novel The Raw Shark Texts.

Ian McMillan presents the weekly language and literature cabaret.

This week, poet and novelist Adam Thorpe discusses the relationship between his two crafts. Plus debut author Steven Hall on the post-modern acrobatics in his novel The Raw Shark Texts.

20070525Ian McMillan presents an edition of the weekly language cabaret in front of a live audience at the Hay Literary Festival.

Joining him are actor and writer Ken Campbell and the School of Night poets, who will be delivering some poetic wizardy, including instant sonnets.

Ian talks to award-winning eartoonist Peter Blegvad and Welsh Chinese writer Peter Ho Davies.

Ian Mcmillan presents an edition of the weekly language cabaret in front of a live audience at the Hay Literary Festival.

Joining him are actor and writer Ken Campbell and the School of Night poets, who will be delivering some poetic wizardy, including instant sonnets.

Ian talks to award-winning eartoonist Peter Blegvad and Welsh Chinese writer Peter Ho Davies.

20070601Ian McMillan hosts the weekly language magazine. He explores the language of international management with Kenyan management consultant turned short story writer Ken Kamoche.

Ian Mcmillan explores the language of international management with Kenyan management consultant turned short story writer Ken Kamoche.

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20070629Ian McMillan hosts a live edition of The Verb from the newly refurbished BBC Radio Theatre in London.

There'll be thrills, spills, Hawaiian shirts, flip flops and wordy fireworks.

Guests include acclaimed Irish playwright Colin Teevan with a new dramatic take on A Midsummer Night's Dream, a brand new Verb commission from Mancunian songster Liam Frost, Malawian poet Jack Mapanje, and The Verb's Sony award-winning audio cartoonist Peter Blegvad

Ian McMillan hosts a live edition of The Verb from the newly refurbished BBC Radio Theatre in London. There'll be thrills, spills, Hawaiian shirts, flip flops and wordy fireworks.

Guests include acclaimed Irish playwright Colin Teevan with a new dramatic take on A Midsummer Night's Dream, a brand new Verb commission from Mancunian songster Liam Frost, Malawian poet Jack Mapanje, and The Verb's Sony award-winning audio cartoonist Peter Blegvad.

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20070914Radio 3's cabaret of the word returns from its summer holidays.

Ian McMillan talks to the man Ian Rankin claims is the future of crime fiction, that's David Peace, author of GB84, The Damned Utd and Tokyo Year Zero.

Ian McMillan talks to the man Ian Rankin claims is the future of crime fiction, that's David Peace, author of GB84, The Damned Utd and Tokyo Year Zero.

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20070928Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language and literature live from the Broadcasting House Radio Theatre, London.

Joining him on stage is a top line-up of writers, performers and singers, including poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and Robert Vanderplank, academic expert in global invective and insults.

20071005In this programme, Ian and guests ask if there is such a thing as northern and southern poetry, and discover the neglected work of American writer Bernard Malamud, who for many once stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.

Ian McMillan presents a weekly cabaret of language and literature.

20071012Ian McMillan presents a weekly cabaret of language and literature. His guests include Malorie Blackman, best known for her books for young adults.
20071019Ian McMillan hosts the weekly language and literature cabaret with his usual mixture of high-octane guests and the best of new writing.

Ian Mcmillan hosts the weekly language and literature cabaret with his usual mixture of high-octane guests and the best of new writing.

20071026Ian Mcmillan with his weekly celebration of poetry and new writing, including a performance from writer, director and actor Ken Campbell
20071102Including a specially commissioned poem about China's Terracotta Army.

Folk group Rachel Unthank and the Winterset join Ian in the studio.

Ian McMillan with the weekly cabaret of language and new writing.

Including a specially commissioned poem about China's Terracotta Army. Folk group Rachel Unthank and the Winterset join Ian in the studio.

20071116A special edition of The Verb recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival in Liverpool.

Ian McMillan is joined by local poets Eleanor Rees and Paul Farley who try to define 'Free Verse' and explore the influence of Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri, whose anthology The Mersey Sound was published 40 years ago.

Plus a new play from acclaimed young dramatist Lizzie Nunnery, and a Free Thinking eartoon from Peter Blegvad.

Ian McMillan is joined by local poets Eleanor Rees and Paul Farley who try to define 'Free Verse' and explore the influence of Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri, whose anthology The Mersey Sound was published 40 years ago.

Plus a new play from acclaimed young dramatist Lizzie Nunnery, and a Free Thinking eartoon from Peter Blegvad

20071123Ian McMillan talks to award-winning Norwegian poet Hanne Bramness and is joined by writers who have collaborated on a special poem to mark the 450th anniversary of the Equals sign.
20071130In a special live edition of The Verb, Ian McMillan is joined by novelist Toby Litt who has been taking on some writing challenges for the show.

Plus a special performance from folk legends Ashley Hutchings, founder of Fairport Convention and The Albion Band, and guitarist Ken Nichol.

In a special live edition of The Verb, Ian McMillan is joined by novelist Toby Litt who has been taking on some writing challenges for the show.

20071207Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.
20071214Ian McMillan with Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language, poetry and performance.
20071221Ian McMillan presents a special midwinter edition of Radio 3's showcase for new writing and spoken performance. Featuring a specially commissioned ghost story, poetic ruminations on ice skating and a discussion of the literary expressions of some of the harshest winter environments in the world.

Ian Mcmillan presents a special midwinter edition of Radio 3's showcase for new writing and spoken performance.

20080111Ian Mcmillan talks to poet and critic Tom Paulin about the secret life of poems, and American novelist John Marks introduces a brand new short story written especially for The Verb.

Ian McMillan talks to poet and critic Tom Paulin about the secret life of poems.

Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

Ian Mcmillan talks to poet and critic Tom Paulin about the secret life of poems, and American novelist John Marks introduces a brand new short story written especially for The Verb.

20080118Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

20080125Ian McMillan presents the cabaret of language, poetry and performance.

Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

20080201In a special live edition of The Verb, Ian McMillan is joined on stage by singer and songwriter Devon Sproule.

In a special live edition of The Verb, Ian Mcmillan is joined on stage by singer and songwriter Devon Sproule.

Ian McMillan is joined by singer and songwriter Devon Sproule.

Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

2008020820080215Another chance to hear an edition of the programme from last year's Hay Festival where Ian McMillan talked to poet, writer and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.

Ian McMillan talks to poet, writer and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and there's surprising and unpredictable performance from Ken Campbell and the School of Night poets.

As Valentine's Day approaches, Ian McMillan and his guests explore romance in literature - from early chivalrous tales via the Romantic poets to a brand new modern day love story by award-winning young novelist Rachel Tresize.

To coincide with Valentine's Day, the programme is dedicated to romance as Ian McMillan and his guests explore the changing meaning of the word romance in literature, from early tales of derring-do to a very contemporary love story from young novelist Rachel Tresize, via the work of the Romantic poets.

Ian also talks to Helen Hackett about The Urania, the first love story written for women by a woman and published by Lady Mary Wroth in 1621.

Novelist Benjamin Markovits discusses fictionalising the life of Byron, and there's a new love song from Steve Adams of The Broken Family Band.

Ian McMillan and guests explore romance in literature.

Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

20080215Another chance to hear an edition of the programme from last year's Hay Festival where Ian McMillan talked to poet, writer and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka. Ian McMillan talks to poet, writer and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and there's surprising and unpredictable performance from Ken Campbell and the School of Night poets.

The programme comes from the 2007 Hay Festival and includes poet and writer Wole Soyinka.

Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

20080222Ian McMillan presents the cabaret of language, poetry and performance.
20080229Ian McMillan talks to young writer Junot Diaz, who is taking the American literary scene by storm and who has written a new story specially for the programme.

Plus a performance from poet and spoken word artist George Pringle.

Ian Mcmillan talks to young writer Junot Diaz, who is taking the American literary scene by storm and who has written a new story specially for the programme.

20080307Ian McMillan investigates the art of juggling aphorisms.

Plus a new story from novelist Will Ashon.

Ian McMillan investigates the art of juggling aphorisms. Plus a new story from novelist Will Ashon.

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20080321Another chance to hear an edition of the programme recorded live at the Broadcasting House Radio Theatre, London last September.

Ian McMillan is joined by a line-up of writers, performers and singers, including dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and Robert Vanderplank, an expert in global invective and insults.

20080328Ian Mcmillan presents the programme live from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House.

He is joined on stage by acclaimed Australian poet John Kinsella and by The Verb's own 'eartoonist' - musician and lyricist Peter Blegvad

Ian McMillan presents the programme live from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House. He is joined on stage by acclaimed Australian poet John Kinsella and by The Verb's own 'eartoonist' - musician and lyricist Peter Blegvad.

20080404Nicola Monaghan, who won a Betty Trask Award for her first novel, joins Ian Mcmillan with a new story written especially for the programme.

Nicola Monaghan, who won a Betty Trask Award for her first novel, joins Ian McMillan with a new story written especially for the programme.

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20080418Ian McMillan talks to a group of writers who are playing with form, including Adam Foulds, who has just published a narrative poem about the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya in the 1950s.

Foulds reveals that although he envisaged a series of short stories, he found that the conflict was best expressed through poetry instead.

Jon Canter, who has written comedy for radio and television, explains why the story of his new comic creation, a self-obsessed lawyer, had to be told in a novel and David Gaffney, who created a type of short story called Sawn Off Tales, introduces his experiment in a new form - a 'sawn-off' opera.

20080425Ian Mcmillan is joined by Booker Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro and best-selling jazz singer Stacey Kent to discuss their musical collaboration.

The author has contributed lyrics to four songs on Stacey's latest album Breakfast on the Morning Train, one of which she performs in the studio.

Plus poet Patience Agbabi on her latest collection, which includes a series of agony aunt letters to troubled writers.

Ian McMillan is joined by Booker Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro and best-selling jazz singer Stacey Kent to discuss their musical collaboration. The author has contributed lyrics to four songs on Stacey's latest album Breakfast on the Morning Train, one of which she performs in the studio.

20080502Ian McMillan presents a cabaret of language, poetry and performance, in which poet Simon Barraclough reads from and talks about his new collection.

Writer Iain Sinclair celebrates the life and work of the poet John Riley, who was associated with the British poetry revival of the 1960s and 70s, and who was murdered 30 years ago at the age of 41.

And performance artist and singer-songwriter Baby Dee, possibly best known for her work with Antony and the Johnsons, sings songs from her new album.

Writer Iain Sinclair celebrates the life and work of the poet John Riley, who was associated with the British poetry revival of the 1960s and 70s, and who was murdered 30 years ago at the age of 41.

20080509Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language, featuring Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. alias singer and songwriter Sam Duckworth. His opinionated lyrics have led to comparisons with Billy Bragg and he joins Ian to talk about his work and perform songs from his new album.

Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language, featuring Get Cape.

His opinionated lyrics have led to comparisons with Billy Bragg and he joins Ian to talk about his work and perform songs from his new album.

20080516Ian McMillan is joined on Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language, poetry and performance by Peter Blegvad who creates one of his aural cartoons - or 'eartoons' - for the show. Also on the programme are singer-songwriter Joan As Police Woman and new poetry from Will Eaves.

Ian Mcmillan is joined on Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language, poetry and performance by Peter Blegvad who creates one of his aural cartoons - or 'eartoons' - for the show.

20080523Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language, talking to hip-hop musician and performance poet Saul Williams, who also performs in studio.

Williams is an internationally acclaimed spoken word artist, who has released several solo albums and also worked with the likes of The Fugees and Erykah Badu.

Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language, talking to hip-hop musician and performance poet Saul Williams, who also performs in studio. Williams is an internationally acclaimed spoken word artist, who has released several solo albums and also worked with the likes of The Fugees and Erykah Badu.

20080530Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language.

He talks to young poet Paul Batchelor, whose work has already won several literary prizes and who is now publishing his first collection.

And acclaimed short story writer Ruth Thomas unveils her latest work on the show.

Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language. He talks to young poet Paul Batchelor, whose work has already won several literary prizes and who is now publishing his first collection. And acclaimed short story writer Ruth Thomas unveils her latest work on the show.

20080606Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language.
20080613Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language and talks to David Marriott, who is publishing his second volume of poetry, Hoodoo Voodoo.

Also, in the programme's returning series Lost Nobel Laureates, Ian assesses the writing life of Nellie Sachs, who was awarded the Prize for Literature in 1966.

She was born in Berlin but in 1940 was forced to flee to Switzerland, where, at the age of 50, she embarked on her acclaimed literary career, writing several volumes of poetry and poetic dramas.

Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language and talks to David Marriott, who is publishing his second volume of poetry, Hoodoo Voodoo. Also, in the programme's returning series Lost Nobel Laureates, Ian assesses the writing life of Nellie Sachs, who was awarded the Prize for Literature in 1966. She was born in Berlin but in 1940 was forced to flee to Switzerland, where, at the age of 50, she embarked on her acclaimed literary career, writing several volumes of poetry and poetic dramas.

20080620Ian McMillan talks to poet Nathaniel Tarn, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year with three new books. Plus linguist Mark Abley on how new words are being created around the world and are transcending national boundaries, and a new story from young novelist Nicholas Hogg.

Ian Mcmillan talks to poet Nathaniel Tarn, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year with three new books.

Plus linguist Mark Abley on how new words are being created around the world and are transcending national boundaries, and a new story from young novelist Nicholas Hogg

20080627Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language and investigates Chinese literature, its traditions and how they are echoed in contemporary poetry and prose.

Part of Radio 3's Focus on China season.

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language and investigates Chinese literature, its traditions and how they are echoed in contemporary poetry and prose.

20080704In a live edition of Radio 3's weekly cabaret of poetry, language and performance, Ian McMillan is joined on stage at the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House by Poems in Between People, a group of young performance poets.

In a live edition of Radio 3's weekly cabaret of poetry, language and performance, Ian Mcmillan is joined on stage at the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House by Poems in Between People, a group of young performance poets.

20080711Ian McMillan is joined by poet Peter Porter to discuss the work of Nobel Literary Laureate, Australian author Patrick White. Also featuring singer songwriter Thea Gilmore, and a new story from novelist Bethan Roberts.

Ian Mcmillan is joined by poet Peter Porter to discuss the work of Nobel Literary Laureate, Australian author Patrick White.

20080919Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of performance and new writing.

Alan Brownjohn and Peter Wilkinson discuss why Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard has been translated into Latin by so many people, including a Lord Chief Justice, a cricketer and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Plus the programme's language spy Toby Litt reporting back on strange words and phrases he has overheard in the past week, novelist Niven Govinden with a new short story as well as a look back at the work of writer and actor Ken Campbell

2008092620090220Live from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, Ian Mcmillan's guests on Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language include poet Daljit Nagra, who discusses contemporary Indian poetry, as well as performance artist HKB Finn.

From the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, Ian Mcmillan's guests on Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language include poet Daljit Nagra, who discusses contemporary Indian poetry, as well as performance artist HKB Finn.

Plus Christine Tobin pays tribute to jazz singer Betty Carter on the 10th anniversary of Carter's death.

Ian Mcmillan's guests include poet Daljit Nagra and performance artist HKB Finn.

Live from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, Ian McMillan's guests on Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language include poet Daljit Nagra, who discusses contemporary Indian poetry, as well as performance artist HKB Finn.

20081003Ian McMillan presents the weekly programme about language.

His guests include Paul Farley, who has written a series of poems about work for National Poetry Day, and Doctor Who writer Rob Shearman, who has a new short story written specially for the programme.

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

His guests include Paul Farley, who has written a series of poems about work for National Poetry Day, and Doctor Who writer Rob Shearman, who has a new short story written specially for the programme.

20081010Ian McMillan presents the weekly programme about language.

Featuring beatboxer Shlomo, artist in residence at London's Southbank Centre, and a reflection on the sweet tooth of her Scottish homeland by novelist Janice Galloway, author of Clara and the recent memoir This Is Not about Me.

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

Featuring beatboxer Shlomo, artist in residence at London's Southbank Centre, and a reflection on the sweet tooth of her Scottish homeland by novelist Janice Galloway, author of Clara and the recent memoir This Is Not about Me.

20081017Ian McMillan presents the weekly programme about language. Featuring poet Michael Symmonds Roberts and award-winning 'eartoonist' Peter Blegvad.

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

Featuring poet Michael Symmonds Roberts and award-winning 'eartoonist' Peter Blegvad

20081024Ian McMillan's cabaret of language features writer Tony Marchant, winner of a Bafta award for his TV drama The Mark of Cain, on his new play about abortion, 24 Weeks, written specially for Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

Plus noted indigenous Australian poet and author Anita Heiss in a rare British interview, folk singer and song collector Sam Lee and a new commission from Forward Prize-nominated poet Simon Barraclough.

Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of language features writer Tony Marchant, winner of a Bafta award for his TV drama The Mark of Cain, on his new play about abortion, 24 Weeks, written specially for Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

20081107As part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival, Ian McMillan presents a special edition of the show from Liverpool's Bluecoat Gallery.

With writer and comedian Alexei Sayle discussin his new novel Mister Roberts, Free Thinking's Writer in Residence Angie Clarke, plus a brand-new 'eartoon' from Sony Award-winning musician and cartoonist Peter Blegvad.

As part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival, Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the show from Liverpool's Bluecoat Gallery.

With writer and comedian Alexei Sayle discussin his new novel Mister Roberts, Free Thinking's Writer in Residence Angie Clarke, plus a brand-new 'eartoon' from Sony Award-winning musician and cartoonist Peter Blegvad

20081114Ian McMillan's cabaret of language includes Clive James discussing his new collection of poetry, Angels over Elsinore, French writer and former Reith lecturer Jacques Darras, plus performance poet Zena Edwards.

Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of language includes Clive James discussing his new collection of poetry, Angels over Elsinore, French writer and former Reith lecturer Jacques Darras, plus performance poet Zena Edwards

20081121Ian McMillan's cabaret of language includes poet Lemn Sissay with his new collection, Listener and a chat with leading Norwegian writers as they arrive in Britain for Scene Norway, a celebration of Norwegian writing and musical talent.

Plus a performance from poet Polar Bear.

Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of language includes poet Lemn Sissay with his new collection, Listener and a chat with leading Norwegian writers as they arrive in Britain for Scene Norway, a celebration of Norwegian writing and musical talent.

20081128In a special edition of the programme, live from the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House, London, Ian McMillan is joined by public art poet Ira Lightman.

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language live from the Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, with a line-up including A S Byatt and novelist Alison Macleod, who read brand new tales of the uncanny, and public art poet Ira Lightman performing an audacious experiment in sound and text.

Plus The Verb's Language Spy Toby Litt, who has been paying close attention to what is written on peoples' t-shirts, discussing what it tells us about them, and cutting edge music and song from Iranian-Welsh electro sensation Roshi.

From Broadcasting House, Ian McMillan is joined by authors AS Byatt and Alison Macleod.

Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language live from the Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, with a line-up including AS Byatt and novelist Alison MacLeod, who read brand new tales of the uncanny, and public art poet Ira Lightman performing an audacious experiment in sound and text.

Plus The Verb's Language Spy Toby Litt, who has been paying close attention to what is written on peoples' t-shirts, discussing what it tells us about them, and cutting edge music and song from Iranian-Welsh electro sensation Roshi.

20081212Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language, with guests including Anthony Horowitz, the best-selling novelist and creator of teenage spy Alex Rider and popular TV drama series Foyle's War.

Known for writing adventure-packed tales of danger and heroism, Horowitz has written a new mini-drama especially for the programme about Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton

Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language, with guests including Anthony Horowitz, the best-selling novelist and creator of teenage spy Alex Rider and popular TV drama series Foyle's War. Known for writing adventure-packed tales of danger and heroism, Horowitz has written a new mini-drama especially for the programme about Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton.

20081219Featuring a new Christmas commission by poet Kenneth Steven - a lament for snow.

Ian McMillan's weekly cabaret of language includes poet Kenneth Steven, who was written a brand new poem for the programme, lamenting the vanished snow of Christmases past.

Plus French singer-songwriters Herman Dune discussing their unique brand of Leonard Cohen-influenced pop.

Ian McMillan's weekly cabaret of language includes poet Kenneth Steven, who was written a brand new poem for the programme, lamenting the vanished snow of Christmases past.

Featuring a new Christmas commission by poet Kenneth Steven - a lament for snow.

20090109Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist-screenwriters Frederic Raphael and Ronan Bennett.

Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist-screenwriters Ronan Bennett, with an exclusive preview of a work in progress, and Frederic Raphael, who has completed a new translation of Petronius' Satyrica, a scandalous account of life in Nero's Rome.

Ian McMillan's guests include novelist-screenwriters Frederic Raphael and Ronan Bennett.

Ian McMillan's guests include novelist-screenwriters Ronan Bennett, with an exclusive preview of a work in progress, and Frederic Raphael, who has completed a new translation of Petronius' Satyrica, a scandalous account of life in Nero's Rome.

20090116Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

Guests include US novelist Edmund White with his new biography of the poet Rimbaud, and an interview with the winner of the 2008 Ts Eliot poetry prize.

Guests include American novelist Edmund White, with his new biography of the poet Rimbaud.

Presented by Ian McMillan. Guests include US novelist Edmund White with his new biography of the poet Rimbaud, and an interview with the winner of the 2008 TS Eliot poetry prize.

20090123Ian Mcmillan's guests include Orange Prize-nominated novelist Xiaolu Guo, with a new short story written specially for the programme, and Buddhist singer-songwriter Padma.

Born near Sheffield, for many years Padma believed he was destined for a Buddhist order, but finally gave up the idea of a monk's life to write songs.

Inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, he currently lives in a yurt in the Pyrenees when not recording or performing, and joins Ian in the studio to perform tracks from his EP Songs for an Entryphone.

Featuring a new story from novelist Xiaolu Guo, written specially for the programme.

Ian McMillan's guests include Orange Prize-nominated novelist Xiaolu Guo, with a new short story written specially for the programme, and Buddhist singer-songwriter Padma.

Born near Sheffield, for many years Padma believed he was destined for a Buddhist order, but finally gave up the idea of a monk's life to write songs. Inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, he currently lives in a yurt in the Pyrenees when not recording or performing, and joins Ian in the studio to perform tracks from his EP Songs for an Entryphone.

20090130Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

Including:

Speech Debelle

  • http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/aqr/

    richard chiappone gives an insight into alaska's writing scene

  • ian interviews Peter Porter who arrived in the uk from australia fifty years ago and considers himself part of the present-day poetical worlds of both nations.

    in his 80th year porter has just published his 18th collection of poetry entitled ‘better than god'.

    he delights us with readings from the book.

    alaskan writers

  • on the 50th anniversary of alaska becoming the 49th state of america, ian speaks with alaskan-based writers, rich chiappone, author of ‘water of an undetermined depth' and ronald spatz, editor of the alaska quarterly review about the literature of those wild and remote lands.

    we also hear a reading of rich chiappone's comic short story ‘ladies' hockey'.

    alaska quarterly

  • rapper and singer speech debelle performs her unique brand of music live in the studio.

    her voice is warm, youthful and light but you'd be mistaken to think her lyrics were equally so.

    she speaks with ian about the personal inspiration for her songs and her love for rhyme.

    speech debelle's website - http://www.speechdebelle.com/

  • speech debelle's myspace page - http://www.myspace.com/speechdebellemusic

    he is joined by alaskan writer richard chiappone, who brings with him a new short story written especially for the programme and an insight into alaska's writing scene.

    plus novelist Toby Litt with his guide to the experimental literary movement oulipo.

    ian mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language. he is joined by alaskan writer richard chiappone, who brings with him a new short story written especially for the programme and an insight into alaska's writing scene.

    plus novelist toby litt with his guide to the experimental literary movement oulipo.

    richard chiappone gives an insight into alaska's writing scene.

  • 20090206Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language from the BBC Radio Theatre.

    His guests include Nitin Sawhney, with a new collaboration written especially for the programme with novelist Gemma Weekes, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic.

    Plus novelist Iain Sinclair, who takes the audience on a tour of literary East London, and a brand new Eartoon from Sony Award-winner Peter Blegvad.

    Ian Mcmillan is joined by guests Nitin Sawhney, Charles Simic and Iain Sinclair

    Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language from the BBC Radio Theatre. His guests include Nitin Sawhney, with a new collaboration written especially for the programme with novelist Gemma Weekes, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic.

    Plus novelist Iain Sinclair, who takes the audience on a tour of literary East London, and a brand new Eartoon from Sony Award-winner Peter Blegvad.

    Ian McMillan is joined by guests Nitin Sawhney, Charles Simic and Iain Sinclair.

    20090626Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist Niven Govinden, author of Graffiti My Soul, with a new short story written specially for the programme.

    She Needs Him is a tale from the dark side of celebrity culture, in which an ex-girlband member tries to recover her career - and her figure - under the watchful eyes of a shadowy minder.

    And there are further verbal adventures from The Verb's language spy Alex Horne

    Ian McMillan's guests include novelist Niven Govinden, author of Graffiti My Soul, with a new short story written specially for the programme. She Needs Him is a tale from the dark side of celebrity culture, in which an ex-girlband member tries to recover her career - and her figure - under the watchful eyes of a shadowy minder.

    And there are further verbal adventures from The Verb's language spy Alex Horne.

    Ian McMillan's guests include novelist Niven Govinden, author of Graffiti My Soul.

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    20091016Ian McMillan's guests include celebrated American novelist John Irving and award-winning writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, who has written a new ghost story for the programme.

    Ian McMillan's guests include novelist John Irving and writer Frank Cottrell Boyce.

    20091030Free Thinking 2009

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition of Radio 3's cabaret of the word, recorded in front of an audience at the Sage, Gateshead, during the Free Thinking festival.

    Dramatist and writer Peter Flannery made his name as resident playwright at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1970s - it was there that he wrote Our Friends in the North, which he later adapted into a multi-award-winning TV series starring Christopher Eccleston, Daniel Craig and Gina McKee.

    More recently, he has received plaudits for his ambitious drama The Devil's Whore, set during the chaos of the English Civil War.

    In 1997, he received the Dennis Potter award for television writing.

    He talks to Ian McMillan about his writing career and there is a sneak preview of a work in progress.

    Kachi Ozumba's novel The Shadow of a Smile received plaudits in 2008 for its portrayal of corruption and unfair imprisonment in the author's native Nigeria.

    Now living in the UK, Ozumba has made Newcastle his home and he tells Ian McMillan about his struggle to understand Geordie when he first arrived in the city and how, as his familiarity with the dialect grew, he was in turn emboldened to use Nigerian English - pidgin - in his novel.

    Ian McMillan's guests in a Free Thinking edition are Peter Flannery and Kachi Ozumba.

    Dramatist and writer Peter Flannery made his name as resident playwright at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1970s - it was there that he wrote Our Friends in the North, which he later adapted into a multi-award-winning TV series starring Christopher Eccleston, Daniel Craig and Gina McKee. More recently, he has received plaudits for his ambitious drama The Devil's Whore, set during the chaos of the English Civil War. In 1997, he received the Dennis Potter award for television writing. He talks to Ian McMillan about his writing career and there is a sneak preview of a work in progress.

    Kachi Ozumba's novel The Shadow of a Smile received plaudits in 2008 for its portrayal of corruption and unfair imprisonment in the author's native Nigeria. Now living in the UK, Ozumba has made Newcastle his home and he tells Ian McMillan about his struggle to understand Geordie when he first arrived in the city and how, as his familiarity with the dialect grew, he was in turn emboldened to use Nigerian English - pidgin - in his novel.

    20091127
    20100326Ian Mcmillan is joined by authors and poets for Radio 3's cabaret of the word, including the announcement of the winner of the programme's Chekhov short story competition.

    Ian Mcmillan is joined by authors and poets for Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Ian McMillan is joined by authors and poets for Radio 3's cabaret of the word, including the announcement of the winner of the programme's Chekhov short story competition.

    Ian McMillan is joined by authors and poets for Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    20100402Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring the best new writing talent from BBC Writersroom.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring the best new writing talent from BBC Writersroom.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    20100409Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring an interview with writer of The Wire George Pelecanos; the best new talent from BBC writersroom and poems celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho.

    Ian Mcmillan presents an interview with The Wire writer George Pelecanos

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring an interview with writer of The Wire George Pelecanos; the best new talent from BBC writersroom and poems celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho.

    Ian McMillan presents an interview with The Wire writer George Pelecanos.

    20100514Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring a brand new commission from novelist Aminatta Forna.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, including a new commission.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring a brand new commission from novelist Aminatta Forna.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, including a new commission.

    20100528Ian McMillan presents the weekly programme about language.
    20100604Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.
    20100917Radio 3's cabaret of the word, presented by Ian McMillan, returns, bringing you the best in new writing and poetry.

    And to mark the new season, the poet Wendy Cope presents a previously unheard piece of work.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word returns, presented by Ian McMillan.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, presented by Ian McMillan, returns, bringing you the best in new writing and poetry. And to mark the new season, the poet Wendy Cope presents a previously unheard piece of work.

    20120518Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word. Guests include electro-pop pioneer Gary Numan and writer Ros Barber.

    Poetry Proms Competition coming soon... see website for details.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    20120713Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with poet Julia Copus and the writer Charles Fernyhough.
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    20121214Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan (repeat).

    Ian McMillan's guests include storyteller Daniel Morden, on 'The Devil's Violin Company's show 'A Love Like Salt'; Daniel talks about their interpretation of old English folk stories which were an important influence on Shakespeare and Chaucer. They're also joined by Dave Morris, author of an interactive Frankenstein, Writer's Room playwright Katherine Mitchell and singer-songwriter Simone Felice - acclaimed for his 'rare, fiery brilliance'.

    Ian McMillan's guests include storyteller Daniel Morden, on 'The Devil's Violin Company's show 'A Love Like Salt'; Daniel talks about their interpretation of old English folk stories which were an important influence on Shakespeare and Chaucer. They're also joined by Dave Morris, author of an interactive Frankenstein, Writer's Room playwright Katherine Mitchell and singer-songwriter Simone Felice - acclaimed for his 'rare, fiery brilliance'.

    20130201Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word'.

    Produced by Faith Lawrence.

    20130315Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan

    Produced by Faith Lawrence.

    20130405Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan - his guests include the poet Chris Beckett, performance artist Lowri Evans and writer James Ward.

    Produced by Faith Lawrence.

    20130419Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with guests Serafina Steer, and Sheila Heti.

    Produced by Jessica Treen.

    Produced by Jessica Treen

    20130426Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan with guests Ben Marcus and Christopher Green.

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan with guests Ben Marcus and Christopher Green

    20130517Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan with Holly Pester, Melvyn Burgess and Don Paterson. Don Paterson will launch the 2013 Proms Poetry Competition.
    20130614Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan, with guests John Kinsella, Sally Weintrobe and Owen Jones.
    20130621Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan with guests Fred D'Aguiar and Rosie Garland.
    20130705Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan.
    20140214Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word. Guests include US novelist Armistead Maupin, Steven Camden with his first novel, and dramatist Andrew Muir.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word. Guests include US novelist Armistead Maupin, Steven Camden with his first novel, and dramatist Andrew Muir.

    20150206Ian's guests include director Simon Godwin, who talks about the appeal of Bernard Shaw's language in 'Man and Superman', and we ask whether can grammar make a good adventure story or allegory?

    20150417Ian MacMillan's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include the historian Damien Kempf, whose latest book, Medieval Monsters, celebrates the strange creatures that were used to illustrate medieval manuscripts. He explains why they aroused fear, curiosity and wonder at the time they were drawn, and argues that they have much in common with the monsters we find in contemporary culture.

    20150515Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word', celebrating language and the best in new writing and performing.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    20150522Ian McMillan presents the 'cabaret of the word'. His guests include the author Kevin Jackson, who has written a book on literary curiosities, 'Invisible Forms'. Kevin examines the world of footnotes.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Ian McMillan presents the 'cabaret of the word'. His guests include the author Kevin Jackson, who has written a book on literary curiosities, 'Invisible Forms'. Kevin examines the world of footnotes.

    20150605Ian's guests on the 'Cabaret of the word' include the poet and novelist Kate Clanchy.

    Kate Clanchy is the author of the poetry collections 'Slattern', 'Samarkand' and 'Newborn', as well as a memoir 'Antigona and Me'. Her latest book is a novel, 'Meeting The English'. Kate will be a judge on this year's Proms Poetry Competition.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    20150626Ian McMillan presents the 'cabaret of the word' celebrating language, new writing and performance.

    20160429Ian McMillan's guests on the cabaret of the word include poet Maura Dooley.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    20160930Ian's guests are Deborah Levy, Jess Robinson, Xiaolu Guo and Toby Litt.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    20181207With Will Eaves, Ben Schott, Selina Nwulu and Jeremy Noel-Tod

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    20200417Ian McMillan is joined by guests including Carys Bray.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan is joined by guests including Alan Titchmarsh and Patience Agbabi.

    Ian McMillan and guests explore the world of language and literature

    15/05/201520160325Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word', celebrating language and the best in new writing and performing.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

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    19/05/201720170519Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    The Verb this week is all about confessions. We're listening...

    DJ Taylor is a novelist and a critic. His biography of George Orwell won the Whitbread Prize. His latest book is 'The Prose Factory' (Vintage).

    The performer Christopher Green is best known for his characters Tina C and Ida Barr, who both appear on Radio 4. For The Verb he is performing from his new show 'Prurience', which is at Southbank Centre in July.

    Francesca Millican-Slater is performing from her piece examining the sin of Pride for the Penned in the Margins project 'Fair Field', a celebration of William Langland's 'Piers Plowman'

    And Dr Lawrence Warner, Reader in English at King's College London explains why medieval texts are so fascinated with confession.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    2009 Forward Poetry Prize20091009Ian Mcmillan talks to the newly-announced winner of the 2009 Forward Poetry Prize.

    Ian McMillan talks to the newly-announced winner of the 2009 Forward Poetry Prize.

    2014 Edinburgh Festivals20140919Recorded at the the BBC Tent at Potterrow, The Verb celebrates the Edinburgh Festivals.

    Ian's guests are stand-up Josie Long, who won the Best Newcomer award at the Fringe in 2006 and has been a staple of the festival ever since. Josie's new show is called 'Cara Josephine', more personal than her previous shows, she examines her life as she turns 30, and proclaims her love for Radio 3.

    The theatre artist Olwen Fouéré has created the one-woman show 'riverrun', in which she tackles that great 'unread' book, Finnegans Wake, and becomes the voice of the river.

    The playwright and poet Liz Lochhead is Scotland's Makar. Alongside Steve Kettley on Tenor Sax, she performs from her Edinburgh show 'Somethings Old, Somethings New'.

    In their live performances, Frisky and Mannish have taken us through school, college and to the Job Centre using pop music. Now, in 'Just Too Much', they examine the pop-culture meltdown.

    26/09/200820090220From the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, Ian McMillan's guests on Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language include poet Daljit Nagra, who discusses contemporary Indian poetry, as well as performance artist HKB Finn. Plus Christine Tobin pays tribute to jazz singer Betty Carter on the 10th anniversary of Carter's death.

    Ian McMillan's guests include poet Daljit Nagra and performance artist HKB Finn.

    African Writing20200403With Maaza Mengiste, Ekow Eshun, Jennifer Makumbi and Ellah Wakatama.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan and guests explore the world of language and literature.

    Al Kennedy, Christopher Ricks, Ana Silvera, Tim Key20100709Radio 3’s much-loved cabaret of the word returns to the Radio Theatre on Friday 9th July!

    Poet, broadcaster and Bard of Barnsley Ian Mcmillan, “the Shirley Bassey of performance poetry”, will be joined on stage by celebrated novelist Al Kennedy, who’ll be giving a special sneak preview of her latest novel, and by Christopher Ricks, the man who W H Auden called “the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding.” There’ll be poetry and comedy from Tim Key, best known for his appearances on Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe and BBC 4’s We Need Answers and music from sensational singer songwriter Ana Silvera, fresh from wowing audiences at the Hay festival.

    Live from the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London on Friday 9th July.

    Doors open at 8.45pm.

    To apply for tickets, To apply for tickets, visit the BBC Tickets Website or call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227.

    We look forward to seeing you in our audience very soon.

    Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition, including new writing from Al Kennedy

    Live from the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London on Friday 9th July. Doors open at 8.45pm.

    Poet, broadcaster and Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan, “the Shirley Bassey of performance poetry”, will be joined on stage by celebrated novelist AL Kennedy, who’ll be giving a special sneak preview of her latest novel, and by Christopher Ricks, the man who WH Auden called “the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding.” There’ll be poetry and comedy from Tim Key, best known for his appearances on Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe and BBC 4’s We Need Answers and music from sensational singer songwriter Ana Silvera, fresh from wowing audiences at the Hay festival.

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition, including new writing from AL Kennedy.

    Aldeburgh20190607Live from The Aldeburgh Festival with Lavinia Greenlaw, Fiona Sampson and Mark Padmore.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Live from The Aldebrugh Festival with Lavinia Greenlaw, Fiona Sampson and Mark Padmore

    Alex Horne, Stella Duffy, Ginger And Black20110617Ian McMillan hosts the Verb in front of an audience in the Radio Theatre.

    Ian will be joined on stage by Whitbread Poetry Award winner Bernard O'Donoghue and The Verb 'word spy' Alex Horne who presents a history of The Chinese Whisper.

    The acerbic duo Ginger and Black perform musical comedy with a dark side and author Stella Duffy reads a specially commissioned piece.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    Bernard O'Donoghue, Stella Duffy, Alex Horne, Ginger and Black.

    Ian McMillan hosts the Verb in front of an audience in the Radio Theatre. Ian will be joined on stage by Whitbread Poetry Award winner Bernard O'Donoghue and The Verb 'word spy' Alex Horne who presents a history of The Chinese Whisper. The acerbic duo Ginger and Black perform musical comedy with a dark side and author Stella Duffy reads a specially commissioned piece.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. Bernard O'Donoghue, Stella Duffy, Alex Horne, Ginger and Black.

    Alex Preston, Sally Potter, Sofie Hagen20140502Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word'. Ian McMillan's guests include Alex Preston, Sofie Hagen on comedy in English and Danish and the writer and director Sally Potter, who won over 25 international awards for her film 'Orlando'. Sally discusses the craft of directing and the language used when working with actors.

    Algorithms20180420Can algorithms help writers think more clearly and create innovative work ?

    On this week's 'Algorithm Verb' Ian McMillan is joined by Helen Arney, who performs a brand new love-song (written for the programme) using search engine algorithms, by Eugenia Cheng, a mathematician and pianist who is passionate about ridding the world of 'math-phobia', by the computer scientist Ursula Martin (who writes on Ada Lovelace, often credited with the first computer 'algorithm'), and by writer Kate Pullinger who is fascinated by the potential of algorithms to make stories more haunting and personal.
    Verb regular, poet Ira Lightman 'becomes' a living algorithm lurking in the substrata of the programme, and creates an algorithmic villanelle.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence
    Presenter: Ian McMillan.

    Getting creative with code with Eugenia Cheng and Helen Arney.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    This week the Verb is getting creative with code and examining algorithms.

    Helen Arney is performing a brand new song written using algorithms and we're also joined by Eugenia Cheng, a mathematician and pianist who is passionate about ridding the world of 'math-phobia'.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence
    Presenter: Ian McMillan.

    All Fools' Verb20160401Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, celebrating the absurd.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    We're celebrating the absurd this week on the All Fool's Verb. Ian's guests include our resident Court Jester - the poet Ira Lightman - and performance poet James Messiah on the power of radio to make us laugh.

    More seriously, the novelist and short story writer Rob Doyle will be celebrating his favourite long-forgotten authors.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Alone2019110120210212 (R3)This week The Verb examines the idea of 'Alone', whether it means revelling in solitude or drowning in loneliness. Joining Ian are debut novelist Okechukwu Nzelu, whose 'The Private Joys of Nnenna Maloney' examines finding yourself and where you belong, and Will Taylor who will be presenting an excerpt of his audio drama 'Black Boys Cry', produced as part of the BBC's New Creatives scheme. DJ Taylor takes us on a tour of the loneliest characters, place and sentences in literature, as well as an examination of the 'The Lost Girls' - the subject of his new book, and there's a specially commissioned sound piece from Kate Carr.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Jessica Treen

    The language and literature of loneliness with Kate Carr and DJ Taylor.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    This week The Verb examines the idea of 'Alone', whether it means revelling in solitude or drowning in loneliness. Joining Ian are stand-up comedian Njambi McGrath, whose forthcoming memoir 'Through The Leopard’s Gaze’ examines family estrangement and Will Taylor who will be presenting an excerpt of his audio drama 'Black Boys Cry', produced as part of the BBC's New Creatives scheme. DJ Taylor takes us on a tour of the loneliest characters, place and sentences in literature, as well as an examination of the 'The Lost Girls' - the subject of his new book, and there's a specially commissioned sound piece from Kate Carr.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Along The River20190517This week The Verb is messing about on the river of language, part of BBC Radio 3's season of programmes on Rivers.

    Ian McMillan is joined by the Booker Prize-winning novelist Alan Hollinghurst, music journalist and broadcaster Jude Rogers and the poets Chris Wallace-Crabbe and MacGillivray.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    With Alan Hollinghurst, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Jude Rogers and MacGillivray

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Am Homes, Glyn Maxwell, Martin Creed20121130Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' presented by Ian McMillan, with guests A.M. Homes, Glyn Maxwell and Martin Creed.

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' presented by Ian McMillan, with guests A.M. Homes, Glyn Maxwell and Martin Creed

    Amanda Dalton, Jennie Erdal, Emeli Sande20120413Ian McMillan is joined by poet Amanda Dalton whose new collection 'Stray' is a book about 'the lost' and being lost, searching for home, and the extraordinary places we sometimes discover when we're off the beaten track - he'll also be joined by Jennie Erdal, author of the acclaimed memoir 'Ghosting', by singer and song-writer Emeli Sand退 who'll be performing in the studio, and he'll present new drama exploring the human stories behind Britain's troubled high streets.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word with Amanda Dalton, Jennie Erdal and Emeli Sand退.

    Ian McMillan is joined by poet Amanda Dalton whose new collection 'Stray' is a book about 'the lost' and being lost, searching for home, and the extraordinary places we sometimes discover when we're off the beaten track - he'll also be joined by Jennie Erdal, author of the acclaimed memoir 'Ghosting', by singer and song-writer Emeli Sand退 who'll be performing in the studio, and he'll present new drama exploring the human stories behind Britain's troubled high streets.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word with Amanda Dalton, Jennie Erdal and Emeli Sand退.

    America20190524The Verb does a deep dive into the word 'America' - why does it have such a hold on the imagination? Ian's guests are Tracy K Smith, the US Poet Laureate, nominated for the TS Eliot prize for her collection 'Wade in the Water', and Terrance Hayes, author of 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin', which was also shortlisted for the TS Eliot. Joining them is the critic Sarah Churchwell, author of Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    With Tracy K Smith, Terrance Hayes and Sarah Churchwell.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    This week The Verb aims to tackle a subject as big as 'America' in 45 minutes. Ian's guests are Tracy K Smith, the US Poet Laureate, nominated for the TS Eliot prize for her collection 'Wade in the Water', and Terrance Hayes, author of 'American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin', which was also shortlisted for the TS Eliot. Joining them is the critic Sarah Churchwell, author of Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream.

    Andrew Motion And Graham Coxon20090417Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

    Ian asks Andrew Motion to reflect on his time as Poet Laureate.

    Motion has admitted to finding the role damaging to his work as a poet, and as he prepares to step down from the post after ten years and publishes his last collection of poems as Laureate, The Cinder Path, Ian asks what the future holds for Motion and for the office of Poet Laureate itself.

    And former Blur guitarist and songwriter Graham Coxon presents songs from album The Spinning Top.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests are Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon.

    Synopsis

    Ian McMillan presents the weekly programme about language. Ian asks Andrew Motion to reflect on his time as Poet Laureate. Motion has admitted to finding the role damaging to his work as a poet, and as he prepares to step down from the post after ten years and publishes his last collection of poems as Laureate, The Cinder Path, Ian asks what the future holds for Motion and for the office of Poet Laureate itself.

    Ian McMillan's guests are Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon.

    Andrew Motion, William Gibson, Louise Welsh20101008Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing.This week his guests are former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, who introduces his new collection of poetry; the writer and legendary "cyber-punk" creator William Gibson; and novelist Louise Welsh brings in a brand new commission written specially for the "The Verb".

    Poet Andrew Motion and novelists William Gibson and Louise Welsh join Ian McMillan.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing.This week his guests are former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, who introduces his new collection of poetry; the writer and legendary "cyber-punk" creator William Gibson; and novelist Louise Welsh brings in a brand new commission written specially for the "The Verb".

    Poet Andrew Motion and novelists William Gibson and Louise Welsh join Ian McMillan.

    Andy Craven-griffiths And Jennifer Reid20160304Ian McMillan's guests include New Voice-winner Andy Craven-Griffiths and Jennifer Reid.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian's guests on the Verb include the Verb New Voice winner Andy Craven-Griffiths who presents his commission and there will also be music from Jennifer Reid, 'The Broadside Balladress'.

    Andy Mcnab, Alex Horne, Bernadine Evaristo, Trevor Cox20140124Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word with guests Andy McNab, Alex Horne, Bernadine Evaristo and Trevor Cox.

    Ange Hardy, Isy Suttie, Lisa Brown, The Poetry Exchange20160129Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word, presented by Ian McMillan. Joining Ian in the studio are folk singer Ange Hardy, comedian Isy Suttie, Lisa Brown from the BBC Writersroom 10 and Fiona Lesley Bennett from The Poetry Exchange.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Angela Carter Celebration20120217New writing and poetry from Radio 3's cabaret of the word, presented by Ian McMillan... This week Marina Warner and Christopher Frayling mark the twentieth anniversary of Angela Carter's death with a celebration of her writing.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    New writing and poetry from Radio 3's cabaret of the word, presented by Ian McMillan... This week Marina Warner and Christopher Frayling mark the twentieth anniversary of Angela Carter's death with a celebration of her writing.

    Anthologies20110624Popular anthologies might have increased the readership of contemporary poetry but have they increased understanding? Ian McMillan and his guest explore some of the much-loved and influential tomes so many of us read from school-days on.

    Neil Astley and and Michael Schmidt debate the blockbuster anthologies of recent years.

    Poet and anthologist Roddy Lumsden spots young talent and isn't afraid to use the provocative title 'Best British Poetry' while Kevin Jackson presents an anthology of weird and wonderful anthologies from the past and looks at the roots of the curated collection of poetry.

    Claire Allfree considers the market for and marketing of the these weighty volumes.

    And, the poet Gwyneth Lewis with a new Verb commission imagining the anthology as a poetry gymnasium and a poet's perspective on what it means to be in, and out of a new anthology.

    Ian McMillan focuses on anthologies, and is joined by Neil Astley and Michael Schmidt.

    Popular anthologies might have increased the readership of contemporary poetry but have they increased understanding? Ian McMillan and his guest explore some of the much-loved and influential tomes so many of us read from school-days on. Neil Astley and and Michael Schmidt debate the blockbuster anthologies of recent years. Poet and anthologist Roddy Lumsden spots young talent and isn't afraid to use the provocative title 'Best British Poetry' while Kevin Jackson presents an anthology of weird and wonderful anthologies from the past and looks at the roots of the curated collection of poetry. Claire Allfree considers the market for and marketing of the these weighty volumes. And, the poet Gwyneth Lewis with a new Verb commission imagining the anthology as a poetry gymnasium and a poet's perspective on what it means to be in, and out of a new anthology.

    Aravind Adiga And Polly Scattergood20090410Ian Mcmillan's guests include Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga, who previews his novel Between the Assassinations, and singer songwriter Polly Scattergood, who has been called 'the Kate Bush of the 21st century'.

    Plus new poetry from Kate Kilalea and The Verb's language spy Alex Horne with another investigation into the language that surrounds us.

    Ian Mcmillan talks to Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga about his forthcoming novel.

    Ian McMillan's guests include Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga, who previews his novel Between the Assassinations, and singer songwriter Polly Scattergood, who has been called 'the Kate Bush of the 21st century'.

    Plus new poetry from Kate Kilalea and The Verb's language spy Alex Horne with another investigation into the language that surrounds us.

    Ian McMillan talks to Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga about his forthcoming novel.

    Arto Vaun/school Of Night20091204Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language.

    He talks to American-Armenian poet Arto Vaun about his collection Capillarity; and the late Ken Campbell's unique improvisational troupe The School of Night apply their anarchic energy to Shakespeare, from his unfunniest 'funny' scenes to a wealth of 'boring lords'.

    Ian Mcmillan's word cabaret features poet Arto Vaun and improvisation by School of Night.

    Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language.

    He talks to American-Armenian poet Arto Vaun about his collection Capillarity; and the late Ken Campbell's unique improvisational troupe The School of Night apply their anarchic energy to Shakespeare, from his unfunniest 'funny' scenes to a wealth of 'boring lords'.

    Ian McMillan's word cabaret features poet Arto Vaun and improvisation by School of Night.

    Attila The Stockbroker/sophie Hannah/ross Sutherland/benin City2010031220110225
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    Attila the Stockbroker

    The legendary punk poet reflects on his thirty-year career, and performs two new poems.

    Sophie Hannah

    The novelist and poet reads a brand new short story, written specially for the programme.

    Ross Sutherland

    Performance poetry from a young writer recently named by The Times as one of the top literary talents of 2009.

    . plus spoken word and music from Benin City.

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition, with guests including poet Ross Sutherland.

    ... plus spoken word and music from Benin City.

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition, with guests including poet Ross Sutherland.

    Audrey Niffenegger, Sharron Kraus, Susan Wicks, Ira Lightman20110114Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's celebration of the best writing and performance of all kinds.

    This week, the best-selling writer of 'The Time Traveler's Wife' Audrey Niffenegger reads a brand new Verb commission.

    Her latest book is a graphic novel and, as she explains to Ian, she's passionate about the form.

    And, the songwriter, musician, philosopher Sharron Kraus performs work from her new album which mixes the folk traditions of England and Appalachia.

    Susan Wicks and Catherine Smith celebrate Tunbridge Wells in poetry.And, poet, mathematician and lover of the avant garde Ira Lightman assesses haikus found in the Wikileaks cables.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With author Audrey Niffenegger and folk artist Sharron Kraus.

    Autism: Poetry, Language And Writing20180504With Henry Normal, Kate Fox, James McGrath and Alicia Kopf.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    James McGrath and Kate Fox examine Autism, poetry, language and writing.

    Bad Language20160624Ian McMillan and guests examine rude and transgressive language.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    This week the Cabaret of the Word becomes The F Verb as we examine rude and transgressive language.

    Ian's guests include the academic Rebecca Roache, who is writing a book about the mechanics of swearing. Why do certain words become 'bad'? Does sound have anything to do with it? And what is considered rude across the globe?

    Peter Mackay teaches at the University of St Andrews, where he is working on an anthology of transgressive Scottish Gaelic poetry.

    We also have a special commission from the performance poet and stand up comedian Kate Fox.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Barbara Kingsolver2018111620191213 (R3)An extended interview with the acclaimed American author Barbara Kingsolver, who has just published her new novel ‘Unsheltered' (Faber).

    Barbara Kingsolver was born in 1955 and grew up in rural Kentucky. Before becoming a published author, Barbara worked as a biologist. She has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and South America, all experiences that feed into her novels, which are set across the globe and amongst other big questions examine our impact on the planet. She published her first novel ‘The Bean Trees' in 1988, and came to major prominence in 1998 with the publication of her best-selling novel ‘The Poisonwood Bible'. Her new novel Unsheltered examines what it means to live through times when all our traditional forms of shelter appear to be failing us. Set in a collapsing house in Vineland New Jersey, the book moves between the stories of Willa Knox, struggling to keep her family together emotionally and financially against the background of the 2016 Presidential election, and Thatcher Greenwood, a biology teacher in 1871 whose Darwinian principals put him in opposition with the rest of the community.

    In this 45-minute conversation Ian and Barbara discuss her best-selling novels, how she discovered her narrative voice, the craft of writing books that both inform and entertain, as well as her love for poetry and the gifts of her scientific education.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Jessica Treen

    Ian McMillan is joined by novelist Barbara Kingsolver.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Barbara Kingsolver was born in 1955 and grew up in rural Kentucky, before becoming a published author, Barbara worked as a biologist and she has lived and worked in Europe, Africa and South America, all experiences that feed into her novels, which are set across the globe and amongst other big questions examine our impact on the planet. She published her first novel ‘The Bean Trees' in 1988, and came to major prominence in 1998 with the publication of her best-selling novel ‘The Poisonwood Bible', about a family of Missionaries who move from the U.S State of Georgia to the Belgian Congo in 1959. She won the Orange Prize for Fiction with her novel ‘The Lacuna'.

    In this 45-minute conversation Ian McMillan discusses Kingsolver's essays and poetry as well as her bestselling novels.

    She says of her latest book, Unsheltered, ‘We're living through a scary historical moment when the most basic agreements about who we are as citizens, and how we'll succeed in the world, are suddenly unravelling. It isn't the first time. People are such interesting animals. Unsheltered speaks to these moments, and uses the lens of unravellings past to ask where we might be headed'

    Baroque Verb20130308Ian McMillan presents a 'Baroque Spring' Verb, part of Radio 3's month-long celebration of Baroque music and culture. Ian finds out what the term 'Baroque' means for writers AL Kennedy, Michael Symmons Roberts and Joel Stickley.

    Ian McMillan presents a 'Baroque Spring' Verb, part of Radio 3's month-long celebration of Baroque music and culture. Ian finds out what the term 'Baroque' means for writers AL Kennedy, Michael Symmons Roberts and Joel Stickley.

    Bee Writing2013052420140509Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' is presented by Ian McMillan and explores writing about bees - with guests Jo Shapcott, Sean Borodale and 'You are Wolf'.

    First broadcast in May 2013.

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' is presented by Ian McMillan and explores writing about bees - with guests Jo Shapcott, Sean Borodale, 'You are Wolf' and MJ Hyland.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word and explores writing about bees.

    Beginnings20160108Ian McMillan explores literary beginnings and the importance of the first line.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    As we welcome 2016 onto our calendars Ian McMillan explores literary beginnings and the importance of the first line.

    Ian's guests include the short story writer Helen Simpson with her new collection 'Cockfosters' (Jonathan Cape), The Bookshop Band have written a song for us, there's drama from Ian Townsend and performance poetry from Amina Jama.

    Ian's guests include the short story writer Helen Simpson with her new collection 'Cockfosters' (Jonathan Cape), The Bookshop Band have written a song for us, there's drama from Ian Townsend and performance poetry from Amina Jama.

    Belmont House20160226Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word from Belmont House in Lyme Regis.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    This week The Verb comes from Belmont House in Lyme Regis, the former home of the best selling novelist John Fowles.

    Belmont House is an 18th century maritime villa that has recently been restored to its original appearance by the Landmark Trust. The villa was owned by the businesswoman Mrs Eleanor Coade, and more recently by the writer John Fowles, who set his famous novel 'The French Lieutenant's woman in Lyme Regis.

    Ian's guests include the up and coming folk trio Wildwood Kin, who have been attracting attention for their close-harmony vocals. Sisters Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney are working on their debut album and perform songs inspired by writers such as CS Lewis and Tolkien.

    Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway Robert Eaglestone examines the changing fortunes of John Fowles literary reputation.

    Jane Feaver is a prose writer whose novels try to find the human in the landscape. She says finding the authentic voice of a place can be harder for the outsider, but it also allows a writer to observe things that people who have lived there all their lives might not see.

    The poet Annie Freud's latest collection is 'The Remains' (Picador), a book inspired by the china she found whilst digging her Dorset garden.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Jane Feaver is a prose writer whose novels try to find the human in the landscape. She says finding the authentic voice of a place can be harder for the outsider, but it also allows a writer to observe things that people who have lived there all their lives might not see.

    Ben Masters, Chloe Aridjis20131129Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word', Ian's guests include novelists Chloe Aridjis and Ben Masters.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word', Ian's guests include novelists Chloe Aridjis and Ben Masters.

    Ben Okri, Mark Crick, Landscape Poetry, Ira Lightman20110401Ian Mcmillan introduces Radio 3's celebration of writing of all sorts.

    This week Ben Okri reads a new piece specially commissioned by The Verb.

    And, Mark Crick explains the craft of literary pastiche.

    Harriet Tarlo and Carol Watts read and discuss radical landscape poetry and Ira Lightman has fun with fonts.

    Ian Mcmillan introduces a new work by Ben Okri.

    Plus Mark Crick on literary pastiche.

    Benjamin Zephaniah, Laura J Martin20131213Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word'. This week Ian's guests include Benjamin Zephaniah and Laura J Martin.
    Between Two Countries20190301Ian McMillan explores what happens when writers have to shift their thoughts and feelings into a second language. Novelist Patrick McGuinness argues that he can 'feel more than he can say in French, and say more than he can feel in English', Nick Makoha brings us a new poetry commission inspired by leaving Uganda (and three languages behind) when he was only four. We also hear about the 'Polish Sappho' - the groundbreaking poet Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska who moved to Blackpool during the Second World War, and Heather Dohollau (who was born in Wales , but became an acclaimed poet in French). And our returning guest, the poet Kate Fox skewers that the familiar trope of the book blurb - the writer who 'divides their time' by choice - between two equally glamorous locations.

    Ian McMillan spends time with Patrick McGuinness, Kate Fox, Basia Howard and Nick Makoha.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Writers biographies often tell you that they 'divide their time..' between two countries. But what does this mean? And what does it do to the language they use?

    Ian McMillan (who divides his time between Barnsley and The Verb studio of course) investigates with Patrick McGuiness, Basia Howard, Nick Mahoka and Kate Fox.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    Ian McMillan divides his time with Patrick McGuiness, Basia Howard and Nick Mahoka.

    Ian McMillan with the late-night language lock-in.

    Birdsong20200515With Sam Lee, Jen Hadfield and Richard Smyth.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan and guests explore the world of language and literature.

    How have humans interpreted and been inspired by birdsong? Ian is joined by musician and song collector Sam Lee, who discusses the magic that happens on his annual Singing with Nightingale walks, TS Eliot award winning poet Jen Hadfield on the birds of her beloved Shetland and Richard Smyth, author of 'A Sweet Wild Note' reminds us that birdsong really has very little to do with music.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Cecile Wright

    Brazil - Experiments In Living20201211Ian McMillan's guests celebrate and explore the writers of Brazil.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Breaking Free - Martin Luther's Revolution: The Reformation And The Rural In Poetry20170505Ian McMillan examines rural imagery in Reformation literature and contemporary poetry.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Bs Johnson, Niven Govinden, Laura Dockrill20101015Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing.

    This week, Ian learns about the life and work of literary innovator BS Johnson.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing. This week, Ian learns about the life and work of literary innovator BS Johnson.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word...

    Business Verb20130222Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word', and explores the allure of 'business language'.
    Candace Bushnell, Will Abberley, Chris Green20151002Ian's guests on The Verb this week include Candace Bushnell, Will Abberley and Chris Green.

    Candace Bushnell is the best-selling author who wrote the 'Sex and The City' column which became a worldwide phenomenon following the TV adaptation starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Bushnell's latest novel is 'Killing Monica' (Little Brown)

    Performer and writer Christopher Green with a new commission on Anne Sexton.

    Will Abberley has celebrated the ellipsis and the exclamation mark on the Verb. He'll be talking about his latest book 'English Fiction and the Evolution of Language' (Cambridge University Press), which explores the interaction of science and fiction.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Carys Bray, Jacqueline Saphra, Jo Neary And Alissa Anne Jeun Yi20200501Ian McMillan and guests explore the world of language and literature

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan and guests explore the world of language and literature.

    This week on The Verb Ian McMillan is joined by Carys Bray, whose new novel examines the impact of climate change on one family, Jacqueline Saphra reads from the sonnets she has been writing, one a day since the lockdown began. Comedian Jo Neary is back with some words of wisdom from the diary of 'Celia Jesson, Repressed Housewife', and there's the latest in our series of Verb Dramas, produced in conjunction with the BBC Writer's Room, 'Avocado Fried Rice', written by and starring Alissa Anne Jeun Yi.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Cecile Wright

    Catherine O'flynn, Steve Spence20110218

    Ian Mcmillan takes to the air with Radio 3's celebration of the best writing around.

    This week, the writer Catherine O'Flynn reads a brand new Verb commission.

    'The Navigator' is a non-fiction meditation on sat nav and the sneaking feeling that the commanding voice issuing from the device may not always have our best interests at heart.

    And, Steve Spence performs extraordinary cut-up prose poems about fishing, banking crises and meteorology from his new collection Limits of Control.

    Ian Mcmillan introduces new writing from Catherine O'Flynn and Steve Spence.

    Ian Mcmillan takes to the air with Radio 3's celebration of the best writing around. This week, the writer Catherine O'Flynn reads a brand new Verb commission. 'The Navigator' is a non-fiction meditation on sat nav and the sneaking feeling that the commanding voice issuing from the device may not always have our best interests at heart. And, Steve Spence performs extraordinary cut-up prose poems about fishing, banking crises and meteorology from his new collection Limits of Control.

    Ian McMillan introduces new writing from Catherine O'Flynn and Steve Spence.

    Catherine O'flynn, Steve Spence, Philip Jeays, Iain Crichton Smith20110218Ian McMillan takes to the air with Radio 3's celebration of the best writing around. This week, the writer Catherine O'Flynn reads a brand new Verb commission. 'The Navigator' is a non-fiction meditation on sat nav and the sneaking feeling that the commanding voice issuing from the device may not always have our best interests at heart. And, Steve Spence performs extraordinary cut-up prose poems about fishing, recipes and meteorology from his new collection Limits of Control.

    English Chanteur Philip Jeays performs a new song in the style of Georges Brassens and poet Richard Price is our guide to the life and work of Scottish poet Iain Crichton Smith, whose collected poems have just been published. Born in 1928, he wrote in both Gaelic and English and during his long career Crichton Smith produced twenty-seven volumes of poetry, fourteen novels, twelve short story collections as well as plays.

    Producers: Erin Riley and Dymphna Flynn.

    Charlie Higson, Blake Morrison, Luke Wright, Helen Mort20121012Ian McMIllan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' - this week it comes from Octoberfest in Sheffield with guests Charlie Higson, Blake Morrison, Luke Wright and Helen Mort.

    Ian McMIllan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' - this week it comes from Octoberfest in Sheffield with guests Charlie Higson, Blake Morrison, Luke Wright and Helen Mort.

    Ian McMIllan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' - this week it comes from Octoberfest in Sheffield with guests Charlie Higson, Blake Morrison, Luke Wright and Helen Mort.

    Chest Of Drawers20180105Ian McMillan's guests are Ron Padgett, Hollie McNish, Harry Giles, and Laurie Bolger.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan's guests are Rod Padgett, Hollie McNish, Harry Giles, and Laurie Bolger.

    Christmas Cabaret Of The Word20131220Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Christmas cabaret of the word' from Media City, with novelist Louis de Bernières, performance poet Scroobius Pip, writer Alison Moore and folk duo O'Hooley and Tidow.

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    Christmas Lights Verb - Experiments In Living20201218Ian McMillan and his guests explore the ‘language' of light this Christmas. He's joined by Baroness Floella Benjamin, who tells the story of leaving Trinidadian sunshine for the very different light in the south of England; one of our best-loved lexicographers, Susie Dent lets us into the vocabulary of light; poetry legend John Cooper Clarke talks about the leading lights of his childhood, and the glow of an extraordinary cocktail cabinet; and Ian rejoices in the glow of the screens that have connected us this year, with a celebration of the poet Edwin Morgan's ‘The Computer's First Christmas Card', made into sound art by the musician Scanner. The poet Caroline Bergvall performs work that celebrates Morgan's centenary year; she also discusses the impact of Norwegian twilight on her work. Throughout the show, the socially distanced Knott Singers celebrate the starlight to be found in carols and introduce our guests with shining harmonies. Edwin Morgan was the first Scots National Makar. He published 25 collections and was a prolific translator. His 'Centenary Selected Poems' has just been published by Carcanet, (ed. Hamish Whyte). For more information on the events marking his centenary visit edwinmorgantrust.com

    Part of Radio 3's Light in the Darkness season, illuminating winter.

    Baroness Floella Benjamin is a national icon – she delighted generations of children in her role as presenter of 'Playschool' and other programmes. She is also an actress and a singer, has performed with orchestras across the country, and has long been a champion for children and for diversity. The story of her own journey from Trinidad to England, which she made as a child, inspired her book ‘Coming to England' – and it has now been turned into a children's picture book with illustrations by Diane Ewen. Baroness Benjamin shares her love of the Caribbean sun she was brought up with, her joy in snow-light, and in the visits her family would make to see the Christmas lights in London.

    Scanner ( AKA Robin Rimbaud ) is a composer and sound artist whose work has always broken new ground since the release of his first albums in the 1990s, which often show a fascination with spaces and with technology. He has collaborated with leading musical lights e.g. Michael Nyman and Laurie Anderson - and has worked on installations, has scored ballets, films and has been commissioned to create sound art for the Tate Modern. He is often to be found in photos illuminated by the glow of his laptop screens ( see here): http://scannerdot.com/robin-rimbaud-scanner-biography/ For The Verb Scanner celebrates the blue light emanating from computers, which has been so important to so many social lives this year - and has made us two versions of Edwin Morgan's ‘The Computer's First Christmas Card' – one of which can be heard in the broadcast programme, the other on the podcast.

    John Cooper Clarke is a poetry legend and has been an important part of the performance scene since the 1970s. His album ‘Snap Crackle and Bop' was a massive hit with tracks like ‘Beasley St' and ‘Evidently Chickentown'. But his latest work is his autobiography ‘I Wanna Be Yours' - and is the perfect book for The Verb's programme on light – detailing, with John's characteristic humour and sharp eye for detail, the bright lights of Salford when he was growing up, the light of the cinema screens that were so important to him – and the memorable lit cocktail cabinet that features in a chapter called ‘Maldano's Late Night Final' a drink billed as offering a ‘glow in every glass'.
    http://johncooperclarke.com/

    Caroline Bergvall is an award-winning poet, writer, sound artist and performer. She is half-French, Half-Norwegian and explains to The Verb how northern light and long twilights have inspired and informed her work. She has been organising special collaborative streamed writing events at night during this year called ‘Night & Refuge'. For the Xmas Verb she delights in the language and poetry of light that was so important to Edwin Morgan's oeuvre – and performs a poem inspired by his poetry that was commissioned for his centenary year.
    https://carolinebergvall.com/
    https://edwinmorgantrust.com/2020/06/29/the-concrete-world-of-edwin-morgan/

    Susie Dent offers The Verb a glittering array of light sensitive words and sayings. She explains the etymology of 'silver screen', 'apricity', and tells us why Dr Johnson, the father of the dictionary, thought that to pursue perfection as a lexicographer was to 'chase the sun'. Susie is one of our best-loved lexicographers showing her passion for language and dictionaries as an expert member of team on the game-show 'Countdown' and she has just published 'Word Perfect: etymological entertainment for every day of the year'.

    The Christmas Verb, with Floella Benjamin, John Cooper Clarke and Susie Dent.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan and his guests explore the ‘language' of light this Christmas. He's joined by Baroness Floella Benjamin, and the light-filled pages of her book for children, which tells the story of leaving Trinidadian sunshine for the very different light in the south of England; one of our best-loved lexicographers, Susie Dent lets us into the varied vocabulary of light, ancient and modern; poetry legend John Cooper Clarke talks about the leading lights of his childhood, and the glow of the cinema screens in Salford, which he spent so much time bathing in; and Ian rejoices in the glow of the screens that have connected so many of us this year - with a celebration of Edwin Morgan's famous poem ‘The Computer's First Christmas Card', and a new setting by the musician Scanner. Part of Radio 3's Light in the Darkness season, illuminating winter.

    The Christmas Verb, with Floella Benjamin, John Cooper Clarke and Susie Dent.

    Christmas Nonsense20191220The Christmas Verb rejoices in the pleasure of nonsense language, nonsense stories, ridiculous rhymes and things that makes no sense at all. Presenter Ian McMillan is joined by one of the greatest children’s book partnerships of all time, Julia Donaldson and Axel Schleffer, whose made-up monster the ‘Gruffalo’ is now part of childhoods all over the world – he’s also joined by the former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen with new poetry; Michael’s latest book celebrates the power of silliness and nonsense in all our lives.

    Ian McMillan celebrates nonsense writing with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Christmas Special20121221Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' from 'Gorilla', Manchester; guests Sara Maitland, Kathryn Williams and Harry Baker join him for a Dark Christmas celebration.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' from 'Gorilla', Manchester; guests Sara Maitland, Kathryn Williams and Harry Baker join him for a Dark Christmas celebration.

    Christopher Ricks20151030In a special edition of The Verb, Ian McMillan is joined by Sir Christopher Ricks, who was once described by WH Auden as 'the critic every poet dreams of finding', and by John Carey as 'our greatest living critic'. From appreciations of Milton, Keats, Beckett and Bob Dylan through to landmark editions of TS Eliot's poetry, Ricks has delighted readers all over the world with his scrupulous and humane attention to language and style. Ian explores Ricks' gift for the perfect critical sentence.

    Classical Voice Season: The Voice20150619The Cabaret of the word is in Cardiff as part of the BBC's Classical Voice season. Ian McMillan's guests include the composer Gerry Diver and poet Rachael Boast

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Claudia Rankine - Experiments In Living20201009The Verb explores the art of conversation with Claudia Rankine, one of America's most innovative poets. She has just published her sixth poetry book 'Just Us' a work that combines poetry, poetic prose, images and marginalia, allowing them to speak with, to, and across each other.

    At a time when political conversation in the USA has been criticised for having too much heat and not enough light, Claudia Rankine explores how a poet's ability to navigate silences, stutters, and the endings of poems, can bring truth-telling and resilience to difficult encounters - especially to conversations about whiteness, inequality and friendship.

    She also shares with Ian the early influences on her writer's ear: the work of the poet Emily Dickinson, the novels of Louisa May Alcott, and the poetry of Adrienne Rich.

    Claudia Rankine won many awards for her last book 'Citizen- An American Lyric', including two National Book Critics Awards and the Forward Prize. One of Citizen’s reviewers, the critic Kate Kellaway, said it was 'a bold work that occupies its own space powerfully, an unsettled hybrid – she eavesdrops on America and a racism that has never gone away.”

    Ian McMillan is joined by the American poet Claudia Rankine to explore her writing.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan and guests explore the world of language and literature.

    Clive James, Jacques Darras, Will Eaves, Zena Edwards20100319Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring Clive James on his collected poems, Angels Over Elsinore, and French poet Jacques Darras on translating the work of late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes into French.

    Also in the programme, brand new writing from novelist Will Eaves and performance from Zena Edwards.

    Producer: Laura Thomas (rpt).

    Ian Mcmillan's guests includes Clive James and French writer Jacques Darras.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring Clive James on his collected poems, Angels Over Elsinore, and French poet Jacques Darras on translating the work of late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes into French.

    Also in the programme, brand new writing from novelist Will Eaves and performance from Zena Edwards.

    Ian McMillan's guests includes Clive James and French writer Jacques Darras.

    Collaborating Couples - Experiments In Living20210409Ian McMillan is joined by two couples who work closely together to talk about the ups and downs of creative collaborations with your other half: Nicci Gerrard and Sean French have been writing their bestselling 'Nicci French' thrillers for almost four decades, and comedians Marcus Brigstocke and Rachel Parris have collaborated more recently with their online Tuesday Night Club and took Twitter by storm with their Lockdown Lip-Sync videos.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Ruth Thomson

    Ian McMillan is joined by guests Nicci French, Rachel Parris, and Marcus Brigstocke

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Collaborations - Experiments In Living20210507Ian McMillan is joined by collaborators: Nicci Gerard, Sean French and 'Harry and Chris'.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Colm Toibin And Ck Stead20090515Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of language features award-winning novelist Colm Toibin, who presents a short story written specially for the programme and discusses his novel Brooklyn.

    Plus controversial New Zealand poet, novelist and critic CK Stead, talking about his collected poems and also reflecting on returning to writing after a stroke left him unable to read.

    Ian McMillan's cabaret of language features award-winning novelist Colm Toibin, who presents a short story written specially for the programme and discusses his novel Brooklyn.

    Ian McMillan's guests include award-winning novelist Colm Toibin and poet CK Stead.

    Colm Toibin, Ben Okri, Helen Simpson, Peter Blegvad20120316Radio 3's cabaret of the word presented by Ian McMillan.

    This week Irish novelist Colm Toibin celebrates the life and work of Mary Lavin in her centenary year. She was born in Massachusetts and came to live with her family in the Midlands of Ireland at the age of ten. Colm knew Mary Lavin in the last fifteen years of her life and describes how she portrayed the lives of ordinary Irish women; this reflected her own life as she was widowed with three young children and supported them through her writing. She wrote at a time when her male contemporaries were more interested in the country's political struggles; and Colm says this has been a lesson to himself - to write about the human heart rather than the current climate.

    Ben Okri won the 1991 Booker Prize for his novel The Famished Road, but his fiction is just one aspect of what he does; he's an essayist, an aphorist, and a poet. He explains how poetry is the primary part of his writing life, and reads from his new collection, Wild, his first book of poems for thirteen years.

    Helen Simpson is one of our most celebrated short story writers and she's written a new story especially for The Verb. Torremolinos is the surprising tale of two men who find themselves in the same hospital ward.

    And Peter Blegvad, cartoonist, singer-songwriter, writer, and thinker presents a Verb 'eartoon' on sonic alchemy.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. With Colm Toibin, Helen Simpson, Ben Okri and Peter Blegvad

    This week Irish novelist Colm Toibin celebrates the life and work of Mary Lavin in her centenary year. She was born in Massachusetts and came to live with her family in the Midlands of Ireland at the age of ten. Colm knew Mary Lavin in the last fifteen years of her life and describes how she portrayed the lives of ordinary Irish women; this reflected her own life as she was widowed with three young children and supported them through her writing. She wrote at a time when her male contemporaries were more interested in the country's political struggles; and Colm says this has been a lesson to himself - to write about the human heart rather than the current climate.

    Ben Okri won the 1991 Booker Prize for his novel The Famished Road, but his fiction is just one aspect of what he does; he's an essayist, an aphorist, and a poet. He explains how poetry is the primary part of his writing life, and reads from his new collection, Wild, his first book of poems for thirteen years.

    Helen Simpson is one of our most celebrated short story writers and she's written a new story especially for The Verb. Torremolinos is the surprising tale of two men who find themselves in the same hospital ward.

    And Peter Blegvad, cartoonist, singer-songwriter, writer, and thinker presents a Verb 'eartoon' on sonic alchemy.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. With Colm Toibin, Helen Simpson, Ben Okri and Peter Blegvad.

    Comedy Writing In Difficult Times: Experiments In Living20201030This week Ian McMillan and guests are turning to humour to help us get through difficult times. If 'comedy equals tragedy plus time' - how much time do we need to make something funny? Or is it more dangerous to leave a topic too long, and risk your audience moving on? Because in comedy, timing is everything...

    Joining Ian are Ben Schott, the author of two novels set in the Jeeves and Wooster universe on why so many people have turned to P.G Wodehouse during lockdown, comedian Grainne Maguire on the challenges of performing to masked audiences and how comedy will adapt to socially distanced audiences, Kate Fox has written us a brand new poem on why she's found it difficult to be funny recently, and Dr Matt Winning explains how he makes climate change funny - and why humour might be the key to making people care about the planet.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Cecile Wright

    Ian McMillan is joined by Ben Schott, Kate Fox, Grainne Maguire and Matt Winning

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Joining Ian are Ben Schott, on why so many people have turned to P G Wodehouse during lockdown, Grainne Maguire on how comedy will adapt to socially distanced audiences, Kate Fox has written us a brand new poem on why she's found it difficult to be funny recently, and Dr Matt Winning on how to tackle climate change in comedy.

    Ian McMillan is joined by Ben Scott, Kate Fox, Grainne Maguire and Matt Winning

    Confessions20170519Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, exploring confessions.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Contains Strong Language Festival20180928The Verb at Contains Strong Language with Jackie Kay, Gruff Rhys and Louise Wallwein

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Cookery Writing/david Harsent20091211As the festive season approaches, Ian Mcmillan and guests consider the mouthwatering delights of cookery writing; and award-winning poet David Harsent presents brand new poems.

    Ian Mcmillan's word cabaret includes new writing from award-winning poet David Harsent.

    As the festive season approaches, Ian McMillan and guests consider the mouthwatering delights of cookery writing; and award-winning poet David Harsent presents brand new poems.

    Ian McMillan's word cabaret includes new writing from award-winning poet David Harsent.

    Cornelia Parker, Kate Tempest20150213The Verb celebrates the reopening of Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery. Ian's guests include Cornelia Parker, whose major new solo exhibition opens at the Whitworth today. We examine the links between literature and sculpture.

    The poet Kate Tempest was selected as one of the Next Generation Poets 2014 and was nominated for the Mercury Prize for her debut album 'Everybody Down'. Kate reads from her latest collection 'Hold Your Own' (Picador).

    Cowboy Junkies, Jacob Sam-la Rose20130125Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with the Cowboy Junkies and Jacob Sam-La Rose.
    Cowboy Junkies, Jacob Sam-la Rose, Bryan And Mary Talbot, Pete Jordi Wood20130125
    Crime20210219Guilty pleasure. Airport novel. Holiday reading.

    The language used to describe crime fiction often suggests that there's something throwaway in the ability to craft a gripping story that keeps the reader guessing. There's a suggestion that creating"a page-turner" is something of a lesser skill when it comes to writing.

    Creeping up on that idea from behind and leaving its body in the library we have three women who know a thing or two about the literature of crime.

    Val McDermid is a powerhouse of popular fiction, with works translated into 40 languages and more than 16 million books sold. She tells us about the narrative techniques she uses to keep us up late reading "just one more chapter" of novels like"Still Life".

    Sophie Hannah has been trusted with one of the crown jewels of detective fiction - Hercule Poirot. She tells us about the responsibility of taking on Agatha Christie's beloved character, and about how she switches modes for nail biters like "Haven't they Grown".

    Katherine Stansfield writes the historical crime series The Cornish Mysteries - and tells us about one of the initial efforts to make the crime genre "respectable" - formalised techniques and rules drawn up by a collection of some of the greatest popular fiction writers in the world - The Detection Club.

    Presented by Ian McMillan
    Produced by Kevin Core

    Ian McMillan and guests explore the challenge of crime writing.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan and guests explore the world of language and literature.

    Culture On The Brink20140110Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word. As part of Radio 3's Music on the Brink season, the Ruby Dolls perform cabaret typical of that heard in Le chat noir in 1914, Kevin Jackson describes a fantasy meeting between writers of the age, and George Szirtes explores the work of Rainer Maria Rilke.

    Daljit Nagra, Peter Blegvad20100924Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, live in front of an audience at the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House. On stage with Ian, guests include Forward Prize-winning poet Daljit Nagra and The Verb's Sony Award-winning Eartoonist Peter Blegvad.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, live from the BBC Radio Theatre...

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, live in front of an audience at the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, live in front of an audience at the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House. On stage with Ian, guests include Forward Prize-winning poet Daljit Nagra and The Verb's Sony Award-winning Eartoonist Peter Blegvad.

    Daniel Morden, Dave Morris, Katherine Mitchell, Simone Felice20120504Ian McMillan's guests include story-teller Daniel Morden, on 'The Devil's Violin Company's new show 'A Love Like Salt'; Daniel will be talking about their interpretation of old English folk stories which were an important influence on Shakespeare and Chaucer. They'll also be joined by Dave Morris, author of a new interactive Frankenstein, Writer's Room playwright Katherine Mitchell and singer-songwriter Simone Felice - who's been acclaimed for his 'rare, fiery brilliance'.

    Poetry Proms Competition coming soon... see website for details.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Darkling Special - Toby Litt, Jo Shapcott, Val Mcdermid20111125"So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling."

    As the days darken Ian McMillan is joined by Toby Litt to present a Verb special dedicated to the word 'darkling'.

    With incarnations from its first recorded use in Shakespeare's King Lear to Milton, Keats and Hardy, the word 'darkling' has even appeared in H G Wells and an edition of Star Trek.

    Poet Jo Shapcott has won The Forward Prize, The Commonwealth Writers Prize and the National Poetry Competition (twice).

    The author of 'On Mutability' unveils a brand new darkling poem written specially for The Verb.

    Val McDermid, bestselling Scottish crime writer and author of the Tony Hill series has written a specially commissioned darkling story for The Verb.

    Language historian and Oxford professor of English Lynda Mugglestone joins Ian to explain the changing meaning and history of the word, from its earliest recorded appearance to its current use amongst the 'Twilight' generation.

    Singer and sound artist You Are Wolf joins performs a song written for the Verb in response to the famous literary incarnations of the word 'darkling'.

    As the days darken Ian McMillan is joined by Toby Litt to present a Verb special dedicated to the word 'darkling'. With incarnations from its first recorded use in Shakespeare's King Lear to Milton, Keats and Hardy, the word 'darkling' has even appeared in H G Wells and an edition of Star Trek.

    Poet Jo Shapcott has won The Forward Prize, The Commonwealth Writers Prize and the National Poetry Competition (twice). The author of 'On Mutability' unveils a brand new darkling poem written specially for The Verb.

    As the nights get longer, Ian McMillan and Toby Litt investigate the word 'darkling'.

    Darren Hayman, Jon Mcgregor20160513Ian McMillan's guests include singer-songwriter Darren Hayman and novelist Jon McGregor.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    This week, joining Ian on the Cabaret of the word is singer songwriter Darren Hayman with his new project 'Thankful Villages'. Darren visited each of the 54 'Thankful Villages', where every solider returned safe from the First World War, creating music and short films for each village. Rather than dealing directly with the war, Darren's journey examines rural life today.

    Jon McGregor's first two novels were both longlisted for the Booker prize, and today we hear an exclusive extract from his work-in-progress, which circles around the number 13.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    David And Hilary Crystal, Iain Sinclair20140117Ian McMillan presents the word cabaret, with David and Hilary Crystal and Iain Sinclair.

    David And Hilary Crystal, Iain Sinclair, Roger Davies, Rommi Smith20140117
    David Crystal/simon Barraclough/darrell Lloyd/science Writing/bestsellers Of 191020100115How big is your vocabulary?

    Linguistics expert Prof David Crystal responds to recent reports that teenage vocabulary can be limited to as little as 800 words, and sheds light on how vocabulary size can be measured.

    In memoriam Tsutomu Yamaguchi

    Poet Simon Barraclough pays tribute to the sole survivor of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb blasts, who has died aged 93.

    Darrell Lloyd

    Previous Verb competition winner Darrell Lloyd introduces 3 pieces of flash fiction (tiny short stories) - Fresh Bullet Holes, Love Story and The Edge of the World.

    Science Writing

    Botanist Sandy Knapp and space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock recommend the best scientific books for the lay reader.

    Bestsellers of 1910

    Phil Stone, Charts Editor of The Bookseller, takes a look at the most successful books in the UK and US a hundred years ago.

    David Harsent, Jonathan Safran Foer, Hannah Silva, Terry Saunders20110121Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    With poetry, performance and brand new commissions it's a celebration of language at its most creative.

    This week the poet David Harsent introduces his new collection of poetry, Night.

    Featuring work originally commissioned for The Verb, the latest book tells of nightmares and dream-states far from the reassurance of the daylight.

    And, the American writer Jonathan Safran Foer on the language of meat.

    What are sweetmeats? Why do we eat pork and not pig and what exactly is free-range? Hannah Silva on pole-dancing and poetry and the storytelling comic Terry Saunders with disastrous relationship tales based on unhappy early experience.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With David Harsent, Jonathan Safran Foer and Hannah Silva.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word. With poetry, performance and brand new commissions it's a celebration of language at its most creative. This week the poet David Harsent introduces his new collection of poetry, Night. Featuring work originally commissioned for The Verb, the latest book tells of nightmares and dream-states far from the reassurance of the daylight. And, the American writer Jonathan Safran Foer on the language of meat. What are sweetmeats? Why do we eat pork and not pig and what exactly is free-range? Hannah Silva on pole-dancing and poetry and the storytelling comic Terry Saunders with disastrous relationship tales based on unhappy early experience.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. With David Harsent, Jonathan Safran Foer and Hannah Silva.

    David Sedaris And Sarah Churchwell20170707Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, celebrating the anecdote.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    This week The Verb examines the idea of the 'anecdote', and delves into the diaries of the writer David Sedaris for rich source material for story-telling. Sedaris is the author of books including 'Me Talk Pretty One Day', and he has just published 'Theft by Finding: Diaries: Volume One' (Little Brown)

    Sarah Churchwell is the Professor of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London and the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby (Virago) - she explains why 'The Great Gatsby' was once reviewed as being 'in form no more than a glorified anecdote'. Poet George Szirtes explains the pleasure of the Hungarian anecdote and explores the role of the anecdote in poetry. Songwriter Boo Hewerdine uses the idea of the anecdote, and Dorothy Parker's short poem 'Anecdote' as inspiration for a brand new song.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    This week The Verb examines the idea and form of the 'anecdote', and delves into the diaries of the writer David Sedaris for rich examples of story-telling. Sedaris is the author of books including 'Me Talk Pretty One Day', and he has just published 'Theft by Finding: Diaries: Volume One' (Little Brown). 'Meet David Sedaris' has just started a new series on Radio 4.

    Sarah Churchwell is the Professor of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London and the author of Careless People: Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby (Virago) - she explains why 'The Great Gatsby' was once reviewed as being 'in form no more than a glorified anecdote'. Poet George Szirtes explains the pleasure of the Hungarian anecdote and the role of the anecdote in poetry. Songwriter Boo Hewerdine is inspired by Dorothy Parker's short poem 'Anecdote' to write a brand new song.

    Presenter Ian McMillan

    David Sedaris, Peter Gregson And Daniel Jones With The Listening Machine, Boo Hewerdine20130628Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan. This week Ian's guests are David Sedaris, Peter Gregson and Daniel Jones with The Listening Machine, and Boo Hewerdine.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Dawn Chorus20160527Celebrating the dawn chorus with commissions poets Caroline Bergvall and Geraldine Monk.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Early riser Ian McMillan celebrates the Dawn Chorus. his fellow early birds include the sound artist and poet, Caroline Bergvall who presents work inspired by the sonic landscape of the early morning. Specially for The Verb, poet Geraldine Monk has written an Aubade - a poem to celebrate daybreak.

    There is also work in progress from the novelist Alex Preston, who is writing a literary ornithology.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Dbc Pierre, Jackie Kay, Martin Carthy20140718Ian McMillan's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include DBC Pierre, who discusses using language to create fear in his new novella 'Breakfast with the Borgias' (Hammer), Jackie Kay on writing poetry in sand, and folk singer Martin Carthy.

    The last in our series of WWI dramas is 'Songs of the Sea' by Kenneth Emson, inspired by the sinking of the ambulance transport ship, the Warilda.

    Determination In Writing - Experiments In Living20210416Ian McMillan is joined by guests including Barbara Pym's biographer Paula Byrne.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    How determined do you have to be to become a writer? How do you return to the page every day when inspiration runs dry, or you receive a rejection? And how do you know when to step away in case your writing becomes over-determined. To answer these questions Ian McMillan is joined by guests including Paula Byrne who has just written a new biography of the British novelist Barbara Pym, who wrote for many years before being published, and was unceremoniously dropped by her publisher when her work become unfashionable. And we have brand new work from poet Iona Lee who has written us a poem on 'Determination'.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Jessica Treen

    Ian McMillan is joined by guests including Paula Byrne and Iona Lee.

    Diana Athill, Verb New Voices, Forward Poetry Prize20110930Diana Athill, the revered editor, novelist and memoirist writes and performs a new letter for the Verb and talks about her new book "Instead of a Book".

    It's a collection of the letters she's written over the past thirty years to her friend the American poet Edward Field.

    There's more from The Verb's new voices, a scheme run between Radio 3 and the Arts Council, supporting emergent talent on the spoken poetry scene.

    This week we feature poets from Stockton and their mentors.

    And as the Forward Poetry Prize celebrates twenty years since its inception, founder William Sieghart and previous winner Jane Duran discusses the effect of the prize, which rewards both established and up-and-coming poets.

    Diana Athill with new writing, 20 years of The Forward Poetry Prize, and Verb New Voices.

    Diana Athill, the revered editor, novelist and memoirist writes and performs a new letter for the Verb and talks about her new book "Instead of a Book". It's a collection of the letters she's written over the past thirty years to her friend the American poet Edward Field.

    There's more from The Verb's new voices, a scheme run between Radio 3 and the Arts Council, supporting emergent talent on the spoken poetry scene. This week we feature poets from Stockton and their mentors.

    Dickens Special - With Charles Dance, Rachel Rose Reid And Malcolm Andrews20111209Ian McMillan returns to the Radio Theatre with Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word.

    To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens in 2012, Ian celebrates the art of reading Dickens aloud.

    Charles Dance reads extracts including the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

    Malcolm Andrews, editor of The Dickensian magazine analyses why Dickens' language works so well in performance.

    Dickens gave professional public readings in Britain and the United States over the last twelve years of his life.

    Audiences of 2000 or so flocked to hear him reading favourite episodes from his novels and giving virtuoso impersonations of each of the characters.

    The vigour of his performances physically exhausted him afterwards.

    Verb regular Kevin Jackson gives a guide to the sounds of the names of Dickens' characters.

    These are names you won't find in a phone book, and are some of the most unique in fiction.

    Characters such as Sweedlepipe, Honeythunder, Bumble, Pumblechook, and M'Choakumchild are recognizable as Dickensian even by those unfamiliar with the stories.

    Christine Collister performs Dickens in song; and queen of the new wave of storytellers, Rachel Rose Reid gives a contemporary twist to the idea of Dickens' night walks - when he walked the streets of London for inspiration.

    Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

    Ian McMillan and guests including Charles Dance on Dickens in performance.

    Ian McMillan returns to the Radio Theatre with Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word. To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens in 2012, Ian celebrates the art of reading Dickens aloud.

    Charles Dance reads extracts including the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers. Malcolm Andrews, editor of The Dickensian magazine analyses why Dickens' language works so well in performance. Dickens gave professional public readings in Britain and the United States over the last twelve years of his life. Audiences of 2000 or so flocked to hear him reading favourite episodes from his novels and giving virtuoso impersonations of each of the characters. The vigour of his performances physically exhausted him afterwards.

    Verb regular Kevin Jackson gives a guide to the sounds of the names of Dickens' characters. These are names you won't find in a phone book, and are some of the most unique in fiction. Characters such as Sweedlepipe, Honeythunder, Bumble, Pumblechook, and M'Choakumchild are recognizable as Dickensian even by those unfamiliar with the stories.

    Domestic Violence - In Language, Myths, And Fairy Stories20200710Ian McMillan is joined by former US Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey, the poet Louise Fazackerley, linguist Deborah Cameron and singer Kathryn Williams to explore the language that feeds into domestic violence, and the images, myths and fairy stories that can help us cope with it, and prevent it.

    Natasha Trethewey
    Natasha is a former US poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner. She brings tenderness, compassion, and forensic attention to language in her new memoir ‘Memorial Drive’ (Memorial Drive), an account of growing up with violence in the home, and of her mother’s killing at the hands of her stepfather. Natasha explores the layers of silence that surround intimate violence – the way children’s speech is often disregarded, even if they overcome their own silencing.

    Kathryn Williams
    Kathryn Williams is one of the most subtle singer-songwriters of her generation, crafting songs which balance strength and delicacy. Here she performs a special rendition of ‘Wolf’ from her album ‘Old Low Light’ ,recorded in lockdown, and speaks about the circumstances that inspired it for the first time. Kathryn’s back catalogue is available in the limited edition ‘Anthology’.

    Louise Fazackerley
    Louise was one of The Verb’s New Voices in 2014 – and her work has never shied away from difficult territory – described by one reviewer as razor-sharp and visceral, she is also a brilliant performer of her work. Louise reads ‘Women’s Refuge’ from the collection ‘Bird St’ and an extract from her new collection ‘The Lolitas’ (Verve Poetry Press).

    Deborah Cameron
    Professor Deborah Cameron researches language and communication at the University of Oxford – she has a blog called 'Language: a feminist guide' – recent posts include commentary on dieting, the word ‘lad’ and the ‘tone’ of voice ascribed to women https://debuk.wordpress.com/. She is the author of ‘The Myth of Mars and Venus’.

    Ian McMillan and guests on the language and myths of domestic violence.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan is joined by guests including Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey.

    Don Paterson20190125The Verb this week is an extended conversation with the poet, editor, mentor, teacher and aphorist Don Paterson. Don Paterson first came to prominence in the early 90s, winning the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection for ‘Nil Nil’ in 1993. The following year he was selected as one of the Poetry Society’s ‘New Generation Poets’ alongside contemporaries such as Simon Armitage, Carol Ann Duffy, Kathleen Jamie and his friend and mentor Michael Donaghy. He has published nine collections of poems, two of which have been awarded the TS Eliot Prize; God’s Gift to Women in 1997, and again in 2003 for Landing Light. He was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2010. He also teaches at the University of St Andrews and is the Poetry editor at Picador.

    In a 45-minute conversation, Ian takes a forensic look at Don Paterson’s language map. They discuss the concept of the ‘true poem, the relationship between inspiration and spontaneity, where the impulse to write a poem comes from – and when to give up on a poem.

    We hear a close examination of poetic language as Don considers ‘the dance between vowels and consonants’, the weight of an ending, his love of an ellipsis. Don also explains why he dislikes poems set to music, and why you shouldn’t worry too much about your poetic voice…

    Don Paterson’s latest publication is his book of New and Collected Aphorisms, ‘The Fall at Home’. This book, and all his collections of poetry are published by Faber.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Cecile Wright

    An extended conversation with poet Don Paterson.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Don Paterson, Paul Farley20150123Ian's guests on 'the cabaret of the word' this week are Don Paterson and Paul Farley. They celebrate the work of friend and fellow poet Michael Donaghy, who died a decade ago, and consider how a poet's death affects the way their poems are seen, and the impact it has on their contemporaries.

    Don Paterson, Paul Farley, Scanner, Maddy Paxman20150123Ian's guests on 'the cabaret of the word' this week include Don Paterson and Paul Farley. They celebrate the work of friend and fellow poet Michael Donaghy, who died a decade ago, and consider how a poet's death affects the way their poems are seen, and the impact it has on their contemporaries.

    In her memoir 'The Great Below' Maddy Paxman explores her life with Michael Donaghy and the aftermath of his sudden death.

    The Sound Artist Scanner has composed a new piece for this programme inspired by the idea of White Noise.

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    Donna Leon, Nathan Penlington, Patrick Mcguinness, Henry Pryor20140411Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with guests including award winning crime-writer Donna Leon on the poetry and song of the gondola, novelist Nathan Penlington with a reverie on the choose-your-adventure story, Patrick McGuinness on shaping his new memoir, and Henry Pryor on the language of estate agents.

    Dreda Say Mitchell20091002Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of language features award-winning novelist Dreda Say Mitchell, who presents a new piece of fiction she has written specially for the programme.

    Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of language features award-winning novelist Dreda Say Mitchell.

    Ian McMillan's cabaret of language features award-winning novelist Dreda Say Mitchell, who presents a new piece of fiction she has written specially for the programme.

    Ian McMillan's cabaret of language features award-winning novelist Dreda Say Mitchell.

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    Durham Book Festival 201020101022Radio 3's The Verb comes live from the Durham Book Festival bursting with new writing, poetry and performance, and hosted in front of an audience at Durham's Gala Theatre by poet Ian McMillan.

    Ian's cabaret of the spoken word features novelist and poet Jackie Kay, who'll present a brand new piece of writing; and Sony Award winner Peter Blegvad with one of his legendary Eartoons in collaboration with scholar Richard Gameson who specialises in the history of the book from antiquity to the Renaissance at Durham University.

    The programme also features poems from the award-winning Anne Stevenson and local poet Matthew Caley will read some new work

    This live programme from the Verb is one of three events that Radio 3 is staging across the North East in the run-up to its annual Free Thinking festival of ideas at the Sage Gateshead in early November.

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition from the 2010 Durham Book Festival.

    Ian's cabaret of the spoken word features novelist and poet Jackie Kay, who'll present a brand new piece of writing; and Sony Award winner Peter Blegvad with one of his legendary Eartoons in collaboration with scholar Richard Gameson who specialises in the history of the book from antiquity to the Renaissance at Durham University. The programme also features poems from the award-winning Anne Stevenson and local poet Matthew Caley will read some new work

    Dylan Thomas Day: Live From Laugharne20140505Ian McMillan's guests for a Dylan Thomas Centenary special with an audience in Wales at Laugharne, where the poet used to live, include the writer Glyn Maxwell on updating and relocating Under Milk Wood, the poet Gwyneth Lewis on writing a novella which explores Dylan's influence, and the musician Gruff Rhys. The one-time frontman for the Super Furry Animals will be talking about his project American Interior and the experience of composing the soundtrack for a new film about Dylan Thomas. And there'll be a new commission from the poet Peter Finch inspired by Thomas's 'Altarwise by Owl-Light'.

    Ian McMillan's guests for a Dylan Thomas Centenary special with an audience in Wales at Laugharne, where the poet used to live, include the writer Glyn Maxwell on updating and relocating Under Milk Wood, the poet Gwyneth Lewis on writing a novella which explores Dylan's influence, and the musician Gruff Rhys. The one-time frontman for the Super Furry Animals will be talking about his project American Interior and the experience of composing the soundtrack for a new film about Dylan Thomas. And there'll be a new commission from the poet Peter Finch inspired by Thomas's 'Altarwise by Owl-Light'.

    Eimear Mcbride, Ross Noble, Rachael Allen20161021Ian McMillan with novelist Eimear McBride, comedian Ross Noble and poet Rachael Allen.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Friday night 'Cabaret of the word'

    Ian's guests include the novelist Eimear McBride, who won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction and the Goldsmiths Prize for her startling debut novel 'A Girl is a Half Formed Thing'. Her latest book is 'The Lesser Bohemians', which uses her distinctive fractured prose to examine overwhelming first love.

    The comedian Ross Noble's lastest stand-up show is 'Brain Dump', a celebration of stream-of-consciousness comedy writing.

    The latest poet in our 'Three Score and Ten' series is Rachael Allen. Rachael's first pamphlet of poetry was published by Faber and she is the poetry editor of Granta Magazine. Three Score and Ten is part of Radio 3's 70th season, celebrating seven decades of pioneering music and culture since the founding of the Third Programme.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Elena Lapin, Gemma Ray, Matthew And Michael Dickman20160617Ian's guests this week include the writer Elena Lapin. Elena is a writer, editor and translator who speaks five languages, Russian, Czech, German, Hebrew, and English. Elena's memoir 'What Language Do I Dream In?' (Virago) asks how you find a voice in a language that is not your own.

    Gemma Ray is a singer-songwriter who will be performing songs from her new album 'The Exodus Suite'.

    Matthew and Michael Dickman are twins. Although they write very different kinds of poetry, they are united by the unflinching poems that make up their join collection 'Brother' (Faber), a book that examines the suicide of their older brother.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Elena Lappin, Mark Waldron, Gemma Ray, Matthew And Michael Dickman20160617Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word with guests Elena Lappin and Gemma Ray

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Eliza Carthy, John Cooper Clarke, Simon Armitage, Joe Bone20120113Ian McMillan starts The Verb New Year with Radio 3's language party from the Radio Theatre in London.

    The singer-songwriter Eliza Carthy and members of her band will be joining Ian to kick off the song, celebration and dreams of new possibilities. Or to stave off the winter blues at the very least.

    Poet Simon Armitage will be sharing his new translation of the most famous of Arthurian stories, the Middle English Morte D'Arthur.

    Punk poet John Cooper Clarke will be performing new work.

    And there'll be comedy-drama from last year's hit at the Edinburgh Festival, Joe Bone.

    Producer: Allegra McIlroy.

    Ian McMillan's guests are Eliza Carthy, John Cooper Clarke, Simon Armitage and Joe Bone.

    Poet Simon Armitage will be sharing his new translation of the most famous of Arthurian stories, the Middle English Morte D'Arthur.

    Punk poet John Cooper Clarke will be performing new work.

    Ian McMillan's guests are Eliza Carthy, John Cooper Clarke, Simon Armitage and Joe Bone.

    Elizabeth Gaskell Special20141003The 'Cabaret of the Word' comes this week from Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester.

    Ian McMillan's guests include the author and critic Jenny Uglow, who has written an acclaimed biography of Elizabeth Gaskell. Jenny Uglow's other biographies include 'The Lunar Men' (Faber), which won the James Tait Black Memorial prize and the Hessell-Tiltman Prize, and 'Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick (Faber). She tells us how Gaskell's House influenced her writing.

    The comedy writer Dale Shaw, author of the collection of parody writing 'Letters of Not' (The Friday Project) delves into Gaskell's correspondence.

    We also feature a new commission from folk singer Lucy Ward, winner of the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon Award for best newcomer.

    Emma Donoghue, Hannah Silva, Gary Shteyngart, Roz Goddard, Alex Clark20110304Ian McMillan presents the best words around in Radio 3's language cabaret.

    This week, the Man Booker nominated novelist Emma Donoghue reads a brand new commission, a breathless adventure called Fall and featuring Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to survive a trip over the Niagara Falls in a barrel.

    Spoken word artist Hannah Silva premieres a new piece entitled 'Opposition' using David Cameron's Big Society speech.

    Russian-born novelist and humorist Gary Shteyngart explains the grip of his native language on his imagination and why he counts money and dreams in Russian.

    And, Roz Goddard reads poems inspired by HBO's The Sopranos while literary critic Alex Clark looks for writing dreamed up while slumped on the sofa watching the box.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With novelist Emma Donoghue reading a new commission.

    Ian McMillan presents the best words around in Radio 3's language cabaret. This week, the Man Booker nominated novelist Emma Donoghue reads a brand new commission, a breathless adventure called Fall and featuring Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to survive a trip over the Niagara Falls in a barrel. Spoken word artist Hannah Silva premieres a new piece entitled 'Opposition' using David Cameron's Big Society speech. Russian-born novelist and humorist Gary Shteyngart explains the grip of his native language on his imagination and why he counts money and dreams in Russian. And, Roz Goddard reads poems inspired by HBO's The Sopranos while literary critic Alex Clark looks for writing dreamed up while slumped on the sofa watching the box.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. With novelist Emma Donoghue reading a new commission.

    Evie Wyld/catalan Poems20100205Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring brand new writing from Evie Wyld, winner of the 2009 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and a unique series of Catalan poems inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper.

    Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    With new writing from Evie Wyld, plus Catalan poems.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring brand new writing from Evie Wyld, winner of the 2009 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and a unique series of Catalan poems inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. With new writing from Evie Wyld, plus Catalan poems.

    Ewan Morrison, Seamus Collins20120615Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word'- guests include Ewan Morrison and Seamus Collins who present writing inspired by the 'landscape of shopping' in Britain.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Failure For Writers20181012The Verb on 'failure' with Kate Fox, Mohammed Hanif, Scanner and Bryony Kimmings

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Family Time20210514Ian McMillan explores the language of ancestry and the impact our families have on us across the generations and through the passing of time. With poets Hollie McNish whose grannies feature prominently in her latest collection 'Slug...and other things I've been told to hate', and Gillian Clarke whose new bilingual edition of The Gododdin - written by the 13th-century Welsh bard Aneirin - acknowledges what we inherit from the past. And columnist and author of 'House of Glass' Hadley Freeman, who found a shoebox of objects in the back of her grandmother's closet which told the story of four Polish siblings whose lives went in very different directions.

    Ian McMillan talks families with Hollie MicNish, Hadley Freeman and Gillian Clarke.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Fatherhood, Dictionaries And Ghosts20200626With Joyce Carol Oates, Eley Williams, Yomi Sode and Lucy Burke.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Fathers, absences, and ghosts in the margins of dictionaries with Joyce Carol Oates, Eley Williams, Yomi Sode and Lucy Burke

    Joyce Carol Oates is one of America's best loved living authors. A prolific writer in a long career spanning novels, short stories, play, poetry and non-fiction, she has just published the story of a family haunted by the wounding of their father, at the hands of the police, called 'Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars'. As Joyce explains, her writing can often be a way of confronting the memories that haunt her.

    Yomi Sode is a poet, playwright and a mentor. He was awarded the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowship in 2019. Yomi explains how he had to look back to his own relationship with his father in order to write about his relationship to his own children. His essay on forgiveness 'The F Word', appears in 'Safe: 20 Ways to be a Black Man in Britain Today' edited by Derek Owusu (Trapeze). Yomi also performs a poem called ‘Not with You’.

    Eley Williams' short story collection 'Attrib' (Influx) won the James Tait Black award and the Republic of Consciousnesses Prize in 2018. In her debut novel 'The Liar's Dictionary' (Heinemann), a young woman working for the fictional 'Swansby New Encyclopaedic Dictionary' finds herself haunted by the life of a Victorian lexicographer who has left 'mountweazels', or made up words scattered through the pages.

    'Ghosts' by Lucy Burke is the last in our series of short dramas on the theme of 'renewal' produced in conjunction with the BBC Writer's Room. Lucy explains how she was interested in exploring how we use everyday conversation and small talk to help us to confront difficult emotional truths. Ghosts is produced by Lorna Newman and stars Richard Fleeshman and Verity Henry. It was a collaboration with the BBC Writer’s Room.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence
    Presenter: Ian McMillan

    Fighting Talk20180202How do you write a fight? Ian McMillan and Hollie McNish are joined by Ross Sutherland, Ben Crystal, Willy Vlautin and Theresa Lola to talk about punching with a pen.

    Willy Vlautin is an American novelist and musician. He is the lead singer for Richmond Fontaine, and his latest novel 'Don't Skip out on Me' (Faber), follows a young man who dreams of being a championship boxer.

    The poet Ross Sutherland has written a brand new commission for The Verb inspired by the Jackie Chan film 'Rumble in the Bronx'

    Hollie McNish introduces Theresa Lola, a British Nigerian poet and workshop facilitator. Based in London, Theresa hosts 'The Rhythm And Poetry Party', an evening of hip-hop-inspired poems and hip-hop song.

    The Shakespearean actor and producer Ben Crystal explains how to bring alive a fight scene from page to stage, showing us how the seeds of physical combat are often sown into the fabric of the play without us necessarily knowing.

    Producer: Cecile Wright
    Presenter: Ian McMillan.

    Willy Vlautin, Ben Crystal and Ross Sutherland get physical with language.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Producer: Cecile Wright
    Presenter: Ian McMillan.

    Finders Keepers20020413Seamus Heaney on his new essay collection `Finders Keepers', and a report from Seoul on new challanges for Korean writers.
    First In The New Season. Janice Galloway, The Waterboys Set Yeats's Poetry To Music, David Bellos And Verb New Voices20110916Ian McMillan presents a new season of Radio 3's Cabaret of The Word.

    Janice Galloway writes and performs an especially commissioned new story about how a visit to Glasgow for her fourteenth birthday opened up a new world for her - the world of art, and in particular the artist Bruegel.

    Janice talks about the importance of using detail in her writing, which has won praise for its perception of childhood.

    Her new memoir All Made Up covers her youth, and she explains that as a child she was very quiet, but keenly observed the world around her, in readiness for any unpleasantness.

    Mike Scott, of the band The Waterboys, has created a suite of Yeats's poetry set to music.

    He performs two pieces in The Verb studio, Before The World was Made and Song of Wandering Aengus.

    David Bellos is Professor of French at Princeton University.

    He and Ian discuss his new survey of translation theory, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?, where David lays out his theory that it's an illusion that language consists of words, and that the translator's task is more than mere translation of the words on the page.

    He imagines how the linguists working on Janice Galloway's memoirs will approach translating Scottish cultural references - like a Scotty dog ashtray, into Italian.

    And there's more from The Verb's new voices, a scheme run between Radio 3 and the Arts Council, supporting emergent talent on the spoken poetry scene.

    This week we feature poets from Birmingham and their mentors, Sean O'Brien and Aoife Mannix.

    With Janice Galloway, Yeats's poetry set to music, David Bellos and Verb New Voices.

    Janice Galloway writes and performs an especially commissioned new story about how a visit to Glasgow for her fourteenth birthday opened up a new world for her - the world of art, and in particular the artist Bruegel. Janice talks about the importance of using detail in her writing, which has won praise for its perception of childhood. Her new memoir All Made Up covers her youth, and she explains that as a child she was very quiet, but keenly observed the world around her, in readiness for any unpleasantness.

    Mike Scott, of the band The Waterboys, has created a suite of Yeats's poetry set to music. He performs two pieces in The Verb studio, Before The World was Made and Song of Wandering Aengus.

    David Bellos is Professor of French at Princeton University. He and Ian discuss his new survey of translation theory, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?, where David lays out his theory that it's an illusion that language consists of words, and that the translator's task is more than mere translation of the words on the page. He imagines how the linguists working on Janice Galloway's memoirs will approach translating Scottish cultural references - like a Scotty dog ashtray, into Italian.

    And there's more from The Verb's new voices, a scheme run between Radio 3 and the Arts Council, supporting emergent talent on the spoken poetry scene. This week we feature poets from Birmingham and their mentors, Sean O'Brien and Aoife Mannix.

    With Janice Galloway, Yeats's poetry set to music, David Bellos and Verb New Voices.

    Fleur Adcock, Toby Litt, George Szirtes, Tishani Doshi
    Food Writing2013092720150508 (R3)This week The Verb is looking at Food Writing. Ian McMillan's guests include the novelist Emma Jane Unsworth, Caroline Hobkinson, an artist who creates 'Experimental Dining Experiences' and the food writer Diana Henry, who owns 4,000 cookbooks. We also have The Bookshop Band, who have written a song for us based on a book with food at its centre.

    Producer, Cecile Wright

    First broadcast 27/09/2013.

    This week The Verb is looking at Food Writing. Ian McMillan's guests include the novelist Emma Jane Unsworth, Caroline Hobkinson, an artist who creates 'Experimental Dining Experiences' and the food writer Diana Henry, who owns 4,000 cookbooks. We also have The Bookshop Band, who have written a song for us about Midnight's Children.

    This week The Verb is looking at Food Writing. Ian McMillan's guests include the novelist Emma Jane Unsworth, Caroline Hobkinson, an artist who creates 'Experimental Dining Experiences' and the food writer Diana Henry, who owns 4,000 cookbooks. We also have The Bookshop Band, who have written a song for us about Midnight's Children.

    Forests20181019The Verb explores the forest as metaphor with Terry Deary and Pascale Petit

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Free Thinking20151120Ian's guests at Free Thinking include the poet Sean O'Brien celebrating the life and work of Julia Darling, and Debbie Taylor the writer and editorial director of Mslexia magazine on writing and publishing in dialect. Performance artist Chanje Kunda, one of 2015's Verb New Voices will be performing new work, and the multi-talented Camille O'Sullivan will discuss the importance of storytelling to her - as both musician and singer.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Free Thinking - A Writer's Emotions20190412In our second programme recorded at the 2019 Free Thinking Festival Ian McMillan explores the emotional roller-coaster of being a writer – from the excitement of the idea (or the first line of a poem), through the sense of inadequacy writers often experience during the editing process, to the ultimate satisfaction (or bathos) of publication and performance – alongside his guests, who share their own creative journeys.

    On stage he’s joined by the poets Tara Bergin and Raymond Antrobus, novelist Denise Mina, and musicians Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert.

    Raymond Antrobus is a poet, teacher and facilitator. He's the author of the pamphlet ‘To Sweeten Bitter’ (Out-Spoken), and his debut poetry collection 'The Perseverance' (Penned in the Margins) has just won The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry and has also been shortlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize.
    Denise Mina’s crime novels include The Long Drop, The DI Alex Morrow series, the Paddy Meehan series which were filmed by BBC TV, The Garnetthill series, and graphic novels. She has won many prizes and has been inducted into the Crime Writer’s Association Hall of Fame.
    Tara Bergin was named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Society in 2014 following her collection This is Yarrow. Her second collection is the T.S.Eliot nominated collection 'The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx'. She lectures in writing poetry at Newcastle University.
    Aidan Moffat is a vocalist and musician whose collaborative album released with guitarist and singer RM Hubbert is called 'Here Lies the Body'.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    Writing emotions with Aidan Moffat, RM Hubbert, Raymond Antrobus, Tara Bergin, Denise Mina

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    In our second programme recorded at the 2019 Free Thinking Festival Ian McMillan explores the emotional roller-coaster of being a writer – from the excitement of the idea (or the first line of a poem), through the sense of inadequacy writers often experience during the editing process, to the ultimate satisfaction (or bathos) of publication and performance – alongside his guests, who will share their own creative journeys.

    On stage he’s joined by the poet Tara Bergins and Raymond Antrobus, novelist Denise Mina, and musicians Aidan Moffat and RM Hubbert.

    Tara Bergin was named a Next Generation Poet by the Poetry Society in 2014 following her collection This is Yarrow. Her second collection is called The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx. She lectures in writing poetry at Newcastle University.

    Aidan Moffat is a Scottish vocalist and musician whose joint album released with Glasgow-based guitarist and singer RM Hubbert is called Here Lies the Body.

    Raymond Antrobus is a poet, teacher and facilitator. He is the author of the pamphlet ‘To Sweeten Bitter’ (Out-Spoken), and his debut poetry collection 'The Perseverance' (Penned in the Margins) is a Poetry Book Society choice and has been shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award.

    The emotional rollercoaster of writing, with Aidan Moffat, RM Hubbert and Raymond Antrobus

    Free Thinking - 'englishnesses'20170331Ian McMillan with an edition for the Free Thinking Festival 2017 exploring 'Englishnesses'

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan presents from the recent Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead. In this edition he explores 'Englishnesses' with this year's T.S. Eliot Prize-winner, the poet Jacob Polley; comedian Rahul Kohli; songwriter Beccy Owen; Dr Chris Jones; and the poet Scott Tyrrell.

    Free Thinking - Leonard Cohen20190405The Verb celebrates the emotional language and range of singer-songwriter, novelist and poet Leonard Cohen. Ian McMillan is joined by guests including actor Kerry Shale (who takes on the persona of Cohen himself), philosopher Angie Hobbs, and musicians Paul Smith and Georgia Ruth to perform and explore Cohen’s work. They consider the way he helps us hold contradictory emotions, his celebration of vulnerability, and consider whether it's fair to call him a poet of 'despair'.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    The emotional language of Leonard Cohen: loneliness, longing, desire and celebration.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    The Verb's first programme from the 2019 BBC Radio 3 'Free Thinking' Festival at Sage Gateshead celebrates the emotional language of singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen. Ian McMillan will present musical performances and will be joined by guests including actor Kerry Shale and musicians Paul Smith and Georgia Ruth to explore Cohen’s starkly beautiful writing, and his belief that “From a certain point of view, all our emotions are cheap, but those are the only ones we’ve got”.

    Paul Smith is from Stockton-on-Tees and performs both as a solo artist and the frontman for the Mercury nominated band Maxïmo Park (they recently released Risk To Exist, an album which explores empathy). Paul’s solo album Diagrams came out in 2018.

    Kerry Shale is a Canadian actor whose credits include working at The National Theatre, The Almeida, Bristol Old Vic and The Royal Exchange, Manchester. His TV work includes Patrick Melrose, Mr Selfridge and Red Dwarf and he has appeared in over 200 radio plays.

    Georgia Ruth is a singer-songwriter and musician from Aberystwyth. Her debut album 'Week of Pines' won the Welsh Music Prize. She presents a weekly music show on BBC Radio Cymru and her latest album is 'Fossil Scale'.

    The emotional language of Leonard Cohen \u2013 loneliness, longing, desire and celebration.

    Free Thinking 2010, Andrew Motion, Lisa Suhair Majaj, Sean O'brien, Luke Wright20101029In The Verb this week Ian McMillan has his work cut out.

    He's hurtling from lost love and the sorrow and pity of war to the venality of the middle classes - all in just three quarters of an hour.

    Ian's guests include the former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, whose new collection pays homage to Siegfried Sassoon while still seeming to emerge - as he puts it in one of the poems - from that time between 'The Peace Museum and the bullet train to Tokyo'.

    One of the Middle East's leading writers, Lisa Suhair Majaj, who's appearing at Poetry International on the Southbank this week, talks about the Arab American experience and reads from her book, Geographies of Light.

    There's a specially commissioned drama, Take me to the Bridge, by Sean O'Brien perched on that ever precarious border between Newcastle and Gateshead - a kind of nocturnal Eden of forking paths and crossed destinies.

    And in a new ballad the performance poet, Luke Wright, trains his satirical eye on some contemporary lives.

    Ian McMillan is joined by Andrew Motion, Lisa Suhair Majaj, Sean O'Brien and Luke Wright

    In The Verb this week Ian McMillan has his work cut out. He's hurtling from lost love and the sorrow and pity of war to the venality of the middle classes - all in just three quarters of an hour. Ian's guests include the former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, whose new collection pays homage to Siegfried Sassoon while still seeming to emerge - as he puts it in one of the poems - from that time between 'The Peace Museum and the bullet train to Tokyo'.

    And in a new ballad the performance poet, Luke Wright, trains his satirical eye on some contemporary lives.

    Ian McMillan is joined by Andrew Motion, Lisa Suhair Majaj, Sean O'Brien and Luke Wright.

    Free Thinking 2010, The Verb At Free Thinking20101112Ian Mcmillan presents a characteristically eclectic edition of his unique cabaret of the word, recorded in front of an audience at the Radio 3 Free Thinking festival at The Sage Gateshead.

    His guests include the Northumberland singer songwriters The Unthanks and poet Katrina Porteous.

    There's intriguing language games from comedian and writer Alex Horne, and brand-new fiction from award-winning poet and novelist John Burnside.

    Recorded in front of an audience at the Sage Gateshead, as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival of ideas 2010.

    Producer: Zahid Warley.

    Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition from the 2010 Free Thinking festival.

    Ian McMillan presents a characteristically eclectic edition of his unique cabaret of the word, recorded in front of an audience at the Radio 3 Free Thinking festival at The Sage Gateshead. His guests include the Northumberland singer songwriters The Unthanks and poet Katrina Porteous. There's intriguing language games from comedian and writer Alex Horne, and brand-new fiction from award-winning poet and novelist John Burnside.

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition from the 2010 Free Thinking festival.

    Free Thinking 201220121109Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' from the Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead. His guests include poets Tony Harrison and Don Paterson, musician Martin Longstaff (otherwise known as 'The Lake Poets'), flash fiction supremo Tania Hershman, and Granta editor Laura Barber.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' from the Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead. His guests include poets Tony Harrison and Don Paterson, musician Martin Longstaff (otherwise known as 'The Lake Poets'), flash fiction supremo Tania Hershman, and Granta editor Laura Barber.

    Free Thinking Festival20141114Recorded earlier this month at the Free Thinking Festival, Ian's guests include Robert Colls, poet Peter Mortimer, actress and writer Miranda Keeling and 'Verb New Voice' Louise Fazakerley.

    Professor Robert Colls, author of George Orwell: English Rebel and a number of books on regional history, will be free-thinking the North East's relationship with the language of limits and the language of limits in education.

    Miranda Keeling is an actor and writer, and the winner of the Norman Beaton radio award - she'll be exploring whether Twitter is good way to 'write' a city's limits.

    Peter Mortimer, poet, playwright and journalist, will be performing new work.

    Louise Fazackerley, one of the 'Verb New Voices' winners will present extracts from Love Is A Battlefield, a show about the impact of war on the domestic lives of soldiers and their families.

    Free Thinking Festival - Charter Of The Forest20170324Richard Hawley, Emmy the Great, Kate Fox and William Fiennes take to The Verb Stage.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    The Verb celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Forest Charter with 'woodland' writing from Richard Hawley, Emmy the Great, William Fiennes, Kate Fox, and a pop-up choir led by Beccy Owen. Recorded in front of an audience as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead.

    Richard Hawley has been playing music since his teens, as a member of The Longpigs and Pulp and as a solo artist. Richard hails from Sheffield, one of the greenest cities in Europe. Richard sings 'Heart of Oak', a song inspired by a photograph taken by his wife of a hollow in an oak tree. Heart of Oak is from Richard's 2015 album, 'Hollow Meadows' (Parlophone)

    The writer William Fiennes reads from his fable about a tree 'Why The Ash Has Black Buds', taken from the anthology 'Why Willows Weep: Contemporary Tales from the Woods' (Indiebooks). The Ash is an important tree for William, and his relationship with the tree stretches back to his childhood; he wrote about the trees he grew up with in his memoir 'The Music Room' (Picador), which was shortlisted for the Costa Book award.

    Emmy The Great has written a new song especially for The Verb. 'Three Cities' draws lines between the trees she remembers as a child growing up in Hong Kong, to the Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead by drawing on interviews with people from China and Hong Kong who have now settled in the North East. Emmy The Great's latest album is 'Second Love' (Bella Union) and her new single is 'Mahal Kita'.

    Kate Fox and Beccy's Owen's Pop -Up Choir 'The Saplings

    In a special commission for the Verb celebrating the 800th anniversary of the 1217 Forest Charter. Kate collaborates on her piece 'The New Charter' with Beccy Owen's Pop-Up choir, 'The Saplings', who met for the very first time to record The Verb.

    The Verb celebrates the 800th anniversary of the Forest Charter with 'woodland' writing from guests including Richard Hawley, Emmy the Great, William Fiennes, Kate Fox, and a pop-up choir led by Beccy Owen.

    Free Thinking: Pat Barker, Jacob Polley, James Yorkston, Carmen Marcus20151113The Verb this week comes from Radio 3's 'Festival of Ideas', Free Thinking, at Sage Gateshead. The theme of this year's festival was 'Tearing Up The Rule Book' and breaking the rules with Ian McMillan are Pat Barker, Jacob Polley, James Yorkston and Carmen Marcus.

    Booker-prize winning novelist Pat Barker discusses her latest novel 'Noonday' (Hamish Hamilton), which is set in London during the Second World War and completes her Life Class Trilogy.

    The poet and novelist Jacob Polley won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for his latest book of poetry 'The Havocs' (Picador). Jacob will be collaborating with musician John Alder.

    Scottish folk musician James Yorkston released 'The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society' (Domino), which has been called his most personal record to date.

    Carmen Marcus is one of the 2015 'Verb New Voices'. In collaboration with Arts Council England, The Verb has been working with four new spoken work talents to develop their work.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    The Verb this week comes from Radio 3's 'Festival of Ideas', Free Thinking, at Sage Gateshead. The theme of this year's festival was 'Tearing Up The Rule Book' and breaking the rules with Ian McMillan are Pat Barker, Jacob Polley, James Yorkston and Carmen Marcus.

    Booker-prize winning novelist Pat Barker discusses her latest novel 'Noonday' (Hamish Hamilton), which is set in London during the Second World War and completes her Life Class Trilogy.

    Frieda Hughes/greyworld20091106Ian Mcmillan talks to Frieda Hughes about her latest poetry collection, The Book of Mirrors, and marks the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a discussion of German literature post 1989.

    Plus a chance to experience the Greyworld sound installation from the 2009 Free Thinking festival.

    Ian Mcmillan talks to Frieda Hughes about her latest poetry collection.

    Ian McMillan talks to Frieda Hughes about her latest poetry collection, The Book of Mirrors, and marks the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a discussion of German literature post 1989. Plus a chance to experience the Greyworld sound installation from the 2009 Free Thinking festival.

    Ian McMillan talks to Frieda Hughes about her latest poetry collection.

    Gardens - 220040612In the second of a series of commissions inspired by paintings of gardens, celebrated novelist Rose Tremain reads a stunning short story set in France at the turn of the century.

    In the second of a series of commissions inspired by paintings of gardens, celebrated novelist Rose Tremain reads a stunning short story set in France at the turn of the century.

    Garrison Keillor, Ginger And Black, Damian Barr20110318

    Ian McMillan presents a live edition of Radio 3's lively language cabaret.

    Writer and broadcaster Garrison Keillor performs love sonnets from his first collection of poetry.

    The acerbic duo Ginger and Black perform musical comedy with a dark side and Damian Barr explains why he can often be found in his pyjamas in other people's hotel rooms, clutching a book.

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition, featuring Garrison Keillor, and Ginger and Black.

    Ian McMillan presents a live edition of Radio 3's lively language cabaret. Writer and broadcaster Garrison Keillor performs love sonnets from his first collection of poetry. The acerbic duo Ginger and Black perform musical comedy with a dark side and Damian Barr explains why he can often be found in his pyjamas in other people's hotel rooms, clutching a book.

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition, featuring Garrison Keillor, and Ginger and Black.

    Gavin Pretor-pinney, Tom Hodgkinson, Ben Moor, Emily Berry, Michael Buffong, Don Warrington20131004Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan. This week guests include Gavin Pretor-Pinney and Tom Hodgkinson, authors of The Ukulele Handbook, Ben Moor, the winner of the Forward Prize Best First Collection, Emily Berry, and Michael Buffong and Don Warrington on a new production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.

    If you'd like to book tickets to the recording of The Verb at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at the Sage, Gateshead visit the Sage's website.

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    George Szirtes On His Latest Collection20081205Ian Mcmillan's guests include poet George Szirtes and author Steven Hall.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include George Szirtes, who talks about his latest collection of poems, which bring together work old and new.

    Born in Hungary, Szirtes came to Britain in 1956 and works as a poet, translator, writer and librettist, and he won the Ts Eliot Prize for his collection of poems Reel in 2005.

    Plus a new commission, written especially for the programme by author Steven Hall, whose science fiction thriller debut The Raw Shark Texts imagines a man on the run from a conceptual shark that wants to eat his personality.

    German Poetry After The Berlin Wall20191115Ian McMillan explores German poetry after the fall of the Berlin Wall – with two of Germany’s most celebrated and groundbreaking poets Durs Grünbein and Nora Gomringer. He is also joined by Professor Karen Leeder who’s explored the ways in which contemporary German literature is ‘haunted’ by the GDR, and by Ira Lightman who reads a new poem haunted by Rainer Maria Rilke – the German language poet most often translated into English - and a translation of one of Durs' poems.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    Radio 3's weekly exploration of language and literature

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Goodness20200131With Frank Cottrell Boyce, Will Harris, Kate Fox and Toby Litt.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    How can writers make 'goodness' compelling, as a theme or character trait ? Why is virtue-signalling seen as a negative thing? Is poetry the best form for exploring goodness? And do we need more writing about goodness, and more imaginative imagery for it'? Ian McMillan is joined by guests Toby Litt, Will Harris, Kate Fox and Kelcey Wilson-Lee.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    With Kelcey Wilson-Lee, Will Harris, Kate Fox and Toby Litt.

    Graham Coxon And Toby Litt20090403Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the cabaret of language from the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House.

    As Blur announce their eagerly anticipated reunion, Ian's guests include singer-songwriter and former guitarist with the band Graham Coxon, with songs from his new album.

    Plus novelist Toby Litt, who takes a dog's-eye view of literature, as seen through the eyes of Toto, Lassie, Bullseye and other famous literary dogs.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and novelist Toby Litt

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition of the cabaret of language from the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House. As Blur announce their eagerly anticipated reunion, Ian's guests include singer-songwriter and former guitarist with the band Graham Coxon, with songs from his new album.

    Plus novelist Toby Litt, who takes a dog's-eye view of literature, as seen through the eyes of Toto, Lassie, Bullseye and other famous literary dogs.

    Ian McMillan's guests include ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and novelist Toby Litt.

    Graham Swift20090327Ian Mcmillan's weekly cabaret of language features Booker Prize-winner Graham Swift - author of novels including Last Orders and Waterland - revealing a little-discussed aspect of his writing - his poetry.

    There is also be a chance to hear a rare interview with dissident Lithuanian poet and translator Tomas Venclova.

    Stripped of Soviet citizenship for his political views in 1977, he was forced into exile.

    His latest collection, The Junction, reflects on the aftermath of totalitarianism in his native country.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist Graham Swift and Lithuanian poet Tomas Venclova.

    Synopsis

    Ian McMillan's weekly cabaret of language features Booker Prize-winner Graham Swift - author of novels including Last Orders and Waterland - revealing a little-discussed aspect of his writing - his poetry.

    There is also be a chance to hear a rare interview with dissident Lithuanian poet and translator Tomas Venclova. Stripped of Soviet citizenship for his political views in 1977, he was forced into exile. His latest collection, The Junction, reflects on the aftermath of totalitarianism in his native country.

    Ian McMillan's guests include novelist Graham Swift and Lithuanian poet Tomas Venclova.

    Gratitude - Experiments In Living20210305Ian McMillan with Sindhu Vee, Michael Symmons Roberts, Leafcutter John and Kate Fox.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Gratitude - Experiments In Living20210305In a world of daily pleases and thank-yous, obligatory thank-you notes, and polite appreciation how can we express authentic gratitude with sincerity? Has lockdown made us more grateful? Can the expectation of gratitude be a burden?

    Poet Kate Fox assesses the etiquette of writers’ acknowledgements – who to thank? How much is too much? Is there such a thing as oversharing? Comedy writer Jack Bernhardt imagines how grateful you’d have to be – forever - if Superman saved your life. Sound artist Leafcutter John makes gratitude reverberate through a sheet of steel, and poet Michael Symmons Roberts reflects on the complexity of expressing gratitude in praise poetry, in a post secular world.

    Producer: Ruth Thomson

    Ian McMillan with Michael Symmons Roberts, Leafcutter John, Jack Bernhardt and Kate Fox.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Green Memoir - Experiments In Living20201113The Verb on 'green' memoir - with the actor and writer Gabriel Byrne, and the poets Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Pascale Petit. What would our stories sound like if we told them through our relationships with the plants, animals and landscapes that are most dear to us? What happens when we start to see the natural world as an integral part of our own histories?

    Gabriel Byrne is an award-winning actor and writer. His new memoir 'Walking with Ghosts' starts emphatically and lyrically with the landscape of his childhood home in Ireland and the great pleasure he took in it as a child. Gabriel also talks about his relationship with the earth - the experience of feeling the ground shift during an earthquake in Los Angeles and about the 'photograph he carries in his heart' - a memory of a ploughman working the land.

    Pascale Petit won The Laurel Prize earlier this year (a new prize for poetry on environmental themes), for her remarkable poems fusing myth, the natural world (the teeming life of the rainforest) and her family relationships. Her new collection 'Tiger Girl' has at its heart, an encounter between a tiger and a baby - a baby who grew up to be Pascale's grandmother. Pascale also explains why the kapok tree is so special to her.

    Elizabeth-Jane Burnett's 'The Grassling' has been called a 'geological memoir' - it's a book which explores her deep appreciation for the red earth of Devon, where she grew up, alongside an account of her relationship with her father. Elizabeth-Jane reads new poems on the programme, poems which bring us closer to invertebrates and mosses. Always innovative in her approach to writing about intimacy with natural world, she also explains some of the writing processes that sit behind her work.

    Ian McMillan and guests on 'green' memoir, our intimacy with landscape and its language.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan and guests explore the world of language and literature.

    Gwyneth Lewis, Sarah Manguso, Raymond Tallis, Kevin Jackson20110204Ian McMillan is in search of words with verve for The Verb.

    This week, in a special themed edition he explores narratives of illness and case histories with the poet Gwyneth Lewis and the memoirist Sarah Manguso.

    The poet, philosopher and former medic Raymond Tallis reflects on the importance of stories about sickness for the medical community, patients and the wider reader.

    And, Verb regular Kevin Jackson on the work of Susan Sontag, Thom Gunn and others who've written about illness in an illuminating way.

    Ian McMillan explores narratives of illness.

    Ian McMillan is in search of words with verve for The Verb. This week, in a special themed edition he explores narratives of illness or pathographies with the poet Gwyneth Lewis and the memoirist Sarah Manguso. The poet, philosopher and former medic Raymond Tallis reflects on the importance of stories about sickness for the medical community, patients and the wider reader. Neil Vickers who teaches on the first MA in Literature and Medicine and focusses on journalism, blogs and new boundaries in terms of discussing disease and medical procedures. And, Verb regular Kevin Jackson on the work of Susan Sontag, Thom Gunn and others who've written about illness in an illuminating way.

    Ian McMillan is in search of words with verve for The Verb. This week, in a special themed edition he explores narratives of illness and case histories with the poet Gwyneth Lewis and the memoirist Sarah Manguso. The poet, philosopher and former medic Raymond Tallis reflects on the importance of stories about sickness for the medical community, patients and the wider reader. And, Verb regular Kevin Jackson on the work of Susan Sontag, Thom Gunn and others who've written about illness in an illuminating way.

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    Hay Festival20150529The Verb is at the Hay Festival.

    Ian McMillan's guests in Hay-on-Wye include Stephen Fry, who is the president of the festival. Stephen recently published the third volume of his autobiography 'More Fool Me' (Penguin). For The Verb, he will be talking about his love of U.A.Fanthorpe.

    The novelist Irvine Welsh's latest book is 'A Decent Ride' (Vintage), which brings back the character of 'Juice' Terry Lawson from his 2002 novel 'Glue'. 'A Decent Ride' has been shortlisted for the 2015 Wodehouse prize for comic fiction.

    The award-winning biographer Daisy Hay describes the relationship between Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli in her new book 'Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance' (Chatto)

    There's music from home-grown country talent Sasha McVeigh, who returns to her home town fresh from Nashville where she recorded her debut album 'I Stand Alone'.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    Part of Radio 3's week-long residency at the Hay Festival, with programmes CD Review, Lunchtime Concert, In Tune, Free Thinking, The Essay and World on 3 all broadcasting from the festival.

    Hay Festival 201320130531Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan. Recorded at the Hay Festival, with guests Rupert Thompson, Menna Elfyn and Tiffany Murray.
    Hay Festival 201620160603Ian McMillan with a special edition in front of an audience at the 2016 Hay Festival.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    The Verb recorded in front of an audience at the 2016 Hay Festival. Ian's guests include singer-songwriter Danielle Lewis. Danielle is a folk-pop singer who performs in both Welsh and English, and is part of the BBC Radio Cymru/Arts Council Wales 'Horizon' scheme to promote emerging musical talent in Wales.

    We also hear from the Australian novelist Peter Carey, twice winner of the Booker Prize, who will be reading from his latest novel 'Amnesia' and Tahmima Anam, who was chosen as one of Granta's 'Best of Young British Novelists'. She has just published 'The Bones of Grace', a novel about a young woman searching for love and identity in America and Bangladesh.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Hay Festival: Karl Ove Knausgaard, Philip Ardagh20140530Ian McMillan presents the 'Cabaret of the Word' from the Hay Festival. He is joined by Karl Ove Knausgaard, who's been called the 'Norwegian Proust' and Philip Ardagh, one of our most celebrated children's authors, with a special commission for The Verb on the 'Language of Beards', as well as singer-songwriter Emmy the Great and Tishani Doshi who is reading from her reworking of the Welsh epic The Mabinogion.

    Helen Dunmore Special2017021720170609 (R3)Ian McMillan celebrates the work of poet and novelist Helen Dunmore.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan is in conversation with one of our best-loved novelists and poets Helen Dunmore. Helen's work has been translated into more than thirty languages - she won the inaugural Orange Prize for fiction for 'A Spell of Winter' and the National Poetry Competition for her poem 'The Malarkey'. She has also been acclaimed for her children's books and short stories.

    Ian explores the themes that animate Helen's work, the way the sea continues to tug at her imagination, and asks her about the influence of Russian poets, and John Updike on her writing process. Helen reads from her new novel 'Birdcage Walk' (Hutchinson) which shows 18th century Bristol through the eyes of a young women born into a family of radicals, and from her latest collection of poetry 'Inside the Wave' (Bloodaxe), with poems inspired by flat-pack furniture, imaginary waterfalls, and Catullus.

    Ian McMillan is in conversation with one of our best-loved novelists and poets Helen Dunmore. Helen's work has been translated into more than thirty languages - she won the inaugural Orange Prize for fiction for 'A Spell of Winter' and the National Poetry Competition for her poem 'The Malarkey'. She has also been acclaimed for her children's books and short stories.

    Helen Dunmore, Fiona Shaw, Kate Tempest, Jesca Hoop20120706Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' from the Radio Theatre. His guests include Helen Dunmore, Fiona Shaw, Kate Tempest and Jesca Hoop.

    Helen Dunmore is astonishingly versatile; she's an award-winning novelist, children's author and a remarkable poet. She'll be sharing work from her new poetry collection 'The Malarkey'. The title poem won the National Poetry Competition.

    Fiona Shaw is one of our best-loved actresses, winning multiple Olivier awards for her ground-breaking performances. She'll be inviting people across the UK to nominate and record their favourite love poems for a coastal art installation called 'Peace Camp'. As part of this installation, eight murmuring, glowing encampments (where you'll hear poetry recited) will appear simultaneously at remote coastal locations from County Antrim to the tip of Cornwall.

    Kate Tempest writes rhymes, lyrics, poems, prose and plays. She began at 16, rapping in battles across London, and began performing spoken word at 21. She's performed her writing on stages all over the world, from Latvia to New York, as well as playing all the major UK and European music festivals, including Glastonbury.Her first full length poetry book 'Everything Speaks in its Own Way' has just been published.

    Jesca Hoop is a singer-songwriter who was born in California, but comes to the Radio Theatre by way of Manchester. Her music's been acclaimed by the likes of Tom Waits, who described it as evoking the experience of 'going swimming in a lake at night'. Her new album is 'The House That Jack Built'.

    Helen Dunmore, Ruth Fainlight, Santiago Roncagliolo20101203Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing.

    This week Ian's guests include Helen Dunmore, who reads a brand new commission written specially for the programme.

    Known as a novelist, poet and writer for children, Helen Dunmore has created a geeky futuristic romance for The Verb.

    The distinguished poet Ruth Fainlight describes how it feels to have fifty years' worth of your writing collected in a single, weighty volume.

    The Peruvian writer Santiago Roncogliolo describes writing in the shadow of the Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and discusses the literature of Peru with Ian Mcmillan.

    And 100 years to the month after Virginia Woolf said that human character changed irrevocably in December 1910, her biographer Hermione Lee joins Ian to explain why.

    Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    Helen Dunmore with a new commission and poet Ruth Fainlight.

    This week Ian's guests include Helen Dunmore, who reads a brand new commission written specially for the programme. Known as a novelist, poet and writer for children, Helen Dunmore has created a geeky futuristic romance for The Verb.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. Helen Dunmore with a new commission and poet Ruth Fainlight.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing.

    The Peruvian writer Santiago Roncogliolo describes writing in the shadow of the Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and discusses the literature of Peru with Ian McMillan.

    And 100 years to the month after Virginia Woolf said that human character changed irrevocably in December 1910, her biographer Hermione Lee joins Ian to explain why.

    Helen Mort, Rita Ann Higgins20160506Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's word cabaret, with guests Helen Mort and and Ann Higgins.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian's guests include the poet Helen Mort. Helen's first collection 'Division Street' (Chatto) was shortlisted for the TS Prize and the Costa Prize. Helen's new projects is 'Poeta', which combines her poetry with the flamenco guitar of Samuel Moore. Helen's new collection of poetry, 'No Map Could Show Them', has just been published.

    And poet and playwright Rita Ann Higgins reads from her new book 'Tongulish' (Bloodaxe), poetry written in the language of 'sweet talk, babble and blather, quibble and quizzical'

    Presenter: Ian McMillan

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Hong Ying, George Szirtes, Michel Faber, Holly Pester20141017Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include the internationally bestselling Chinese author Hong Ying, whose books include 'K: The Art of Love' (Penguin) and her memoir 'Daughter of the River' (Bloomsbury).

    We continue our series looking at the language of Instruction Manuals with a new commission from sound poet Holly Pester.

    Poet George Szirtes explains why his fellow countrymen think that Winnie the Pooh is much better translated into Hungarian.

    And novelist Michel Faber explains why he came up with a new language for his latest novel which is about a Christian missionary in space.

    Hotel20200221Welcome to Hotel Verb. Checking in with Ian McMillan this week are novelist Eimear McBride. Eimear won the Goldsmiths Prize and the Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction for her debut novel 'A Girl is A Half-Formed Thing'. Since then, she's spent a lot of time in hotels, inspiring her new novel 'Strange Hotel' (Faber), in which the hotel becomes a metaphor for middle age.

    Joining Eimear is Andy Miller, author of 'The Year of Reading Dangerously' and presenter of the Backlisted Podcast. Andy Miller celebrates his favourite author, Anita Brookner, and her Booker Prize-winning classic novel, 'Hotel du Lac'

    And Roger Luckhurst is the author of 'Corridors: Passages of Modernity', on corridors, 'Monster hotels', and the the fictional hotel corridors that populate our imaginations.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Jessica Treen

    With Eimear McBride, Andy Miller and Roger Luckhurst

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    How Do You Choose A Mentor?20171201Guests include Margaret Cho, Sarah Howe, Tim X Atack, Hollie McNish & Rosy Carrick.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    This week on The Verb we're looking at writing mentors. How much different can a mentor make, how can we learn from their writing, and what kind of language should a mentor use?

    Joining Ian is the comedian Margaret Cho, who was profoundly influenced by her friend and mentor Joan Rivers. Margaret is a groundbreaking American comic who has been Emmy and Grammy nominated five times, hosts the podcast 'Monsters of Talk' and is currently on tour with her latest stand-up show 'Fresh Off The Boat'.

    Tim X Atack is a composer and sound designer who works across film, music and theatre; we commissioned him to create a audio piece inspired by the classical myth of Mentor and Athena.

    The award winning poet Sarah Howe explores mentoring in the world of poetry.

    This week Hollie McNish introduces us to the poetry of Rosy Carrick - who has been influenced by the Russian poet Mayakovsky.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    How To Write Out Sexism20190308The Verb explores footnotes, ironic detective fiction, poem-spells, satire, sound loops and neologisms - and the way they can all be used to fight sexist language - in honour of International Women's Day.

    Ian's guests are the writer and sociologist Professor Ann Oakley, who popularised the word 'gender' in the 1970s, and founded the Social Science Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Education, the novelist and critic Dr Siri Hustvedt on her new novel 'Memories of the Future', the poet Salena Godden on her new collection 'Pessimism is for Lightweights: 13 Pieces of Courage and Resistance' - and he presents brand new work from sound artist and composer Ingrid Plum.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    The Verb on sexism and language with Ann Oakley, Siri Hustvedt, Salena Godden, Ingrid Plum

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian Martin/arto Vaun/school Of Night/margaret Tait
    Ian Mcewan Special20141226Ian McMillan presents an extended interview with Ian McEwan for The Verb, in which he shares his writing process, from the skill of crafting an opening paragraph that will allow the story to emerge , to the language he uses to represent intimacy and the body. He also explores the status of poetry and song in novels like 'Saturday' and 'The Children Act'.
    Ian Mcmillan At Southbank Centre20140321Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word' at London's Southbank Centre with guests including the Booker Prize winning novelist John Banville, the actress Lesley Sharp on 'A Taste of Honey', and actor Phil Daniels and writer Sarah Churchwell on the Jacobean play 'Knight of The Burning Pestle'.

    Ian Mcmillan At Southbank Centre20140328Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' from London's Southbank Centre, with guests Christopher Green, Joel Stickley and Antonio Carluccio.

    Ian Rankin, Chuck Palahniuk, Helen Mort, Matthew Halsall, Josephine20131115Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' with guests Ian Rankin, Chuck Palahniuk, Helen Mort, Matthew Halsall and Josephine.

    Ian Rawes, Meike Zeivogel, Oli Hazzard, Matt Kaner20161209Ian McMillan presents the Friday night cabaret of the word with guests Ian Rawes, Meike Zeivogel, Oli Hazzard and Matt Kaner.

    Ian Rawes runs the London Survey which aims to archive and preserve the everyday sounds of London Life. He has just published 'Honk, Conk and Squacket: Fabulous and Forgotten Sound Words from a Vanished Age of Listening'.

    Meike Zeirvogel is an author and also runs Periene Press, which publishes best-selling European novels in new English translations.

    Oli Hazzard is the latest poet to tackle the 'Three Score and Ten' commission to celebrate Radio 3's 70th birthday. Oli has worked on his comission with Radio 3's composer in residence, Matt Kaner.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan

    Producer: Jessica Treen.

    Ian Rawes, Meike Ziervogel20161209Ian McMillan's guests are Ian Rawes, Meike Ziervogel, Oli Hazzard and Matthew Kaner.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan presents the Friday night cabaret of the word with guests Ian Rawes, Meike Ziervogel, Oli Hazzard and Matt Kaner.

    Ian Rawes runs the London Survey which aims to archive and preserve the everyday sounds of London Life. He has just published 'Honk, Conk and Squacket: Fabulous and Forgotten Sound Words from a Vanished Age of Listening'.

    The Novelist Linda Grant's latest book is 'The Dark Circle', which follows twins Lenny and Miriam as they are forced to leave their lives in Post-war London to live in confinement at a TB sanatorium in Kent.

    Meike Ziervogel is an author and also runs Peirene Press, which publishes best-selling European novels in new English translations.

    Oli Hazzard is the latest poet to tackle the 'Three Score and Ten' commission to celebrate Radio 3's 70th birthday. Oli has worked on his commission with Radio 3's composer in residence, Matthew Kaner.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan

    Producer: Jessica Treen.

    Imtiaz Dharker, The Barr Brothers, Simon Rich20141024Ian's guests include the poet and film-maker Imtiaz Dharker, whose latest collection 'Over The Moon' has just been published by Bloodaxe.

    The humorist Simon Rich's latest collection of short stories is 'Spoiled Brats' (Serpent's Tail). For 'The Verb', Simon offers a satirical portrait of a louche swimming pool attendant as part of our series on instruction manuals.

    Canadian folk quartet The Barr Brothers perform from their new album 'Sleeping Operator' (Secret City), and talk to Ian about how to write about love when you give up giving up on it.

    Insects And Language2019050320200313 (R3)Ian McMillan and guests explore writing about insects and insect-language – including the way insect aliens are depicted in science fiction. Will Burns and Hannah Peel celebrate moths in a new sound commission, poet Elizabeth-Jane Burnett shares work-in-progress, linguist Rob Drummond explores Ursula Le Guin and Doctor Who, entomologist Richard Jones explains why he is happy to call himself 'Bugman', and editor Michael Schmidt celebrates the Australian poet Les Murray.

    Ian McMillan and guests explore writing about insects.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan and guests explore writing about insects and insect-language – including a look at the words we use to describe insects in science fiction, and in nature writing. Will Burns and Hannah Peel celebrate moths in a new sound commission, poet Elizabeth-Jane Burnett shares work-in-progress, and linguist Rob Drummond looks at the ways aliens have so often been portrayed as insect-like. Ian is also joined by entomologist Richard Jones.

    Ian McMillan and guests explore writing about insects and insect-language – including the way insect aliens are depicted in science fiction. Will Burns and Hannah Peel celebrate moths in a new sound commission, poet Elizabeth-Jane Burnett shares work-in-progress, linguist Rob Drummond explores Ursula Le Guin and Doctor Who, entomologist Richard Jones explains why he is happy to call himself 'Bugman', and editor Michael Schmidt celebrates the Australian poet Les Murray who died this week.

    Insomnia Special20061028Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the weekly language and literature cabaret devoted to the subject of insomnia.

    The centrepiece is a new play commissioned by

    Artangel and written by Janice Kerbel - Nick Silver Cant Sleep, a love story narrated by plants who only wake at night, starring Rufus Sewell, Josette Simon and Fiona Shaw

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition of the weekly language and literature cabaret devoted to the subject of insomnia. The centrepiece is a new play commissioned by

    Artangel and written by Janice Kerbel - Nick Silver Cant Sleep, a love story narrated by plants who only wake at night, starring Rufus Sewell, Josette Simon and Fiona Shaw.

    Instagram Poetry20181026The Verb on Instagram Poetry, and the pleasures of writing on social media. Ian McMillan, and writer and cartoonist Moose Allain, explore the bittersweet language of the grapefruit, the 'oo' in festoon, and the 'bone' in trombone - for a brand new Twitter word game called 'The Word Service'. Poets Yrsa Daley-Ward, Mandy Kahn, and Johnathan Rice share poems of anxiety, joy in the everyday, and dark humour.

    featuring Yrsa Daley-Ward

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    International Women's Day20190308The Verb celebrates International Women's Day with a look at the language of women and activism.

    Ian's guests are the writer and sociologist Ann Oakley, Professor and Founder-Director of the Social Science Research Unit at the UCL Institute of Education, the author Siri Hustvedt on her new novel 'Memories of the Future', Salena Godden on 'Pessimism is for Lightweights' and brand new work from sound artist Ingrid Plum.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    The Verb celebrates International Women's Day with Ann Oakley and Siri Hustvedt.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Into The Forest20180622Into the Forest: Ian McMillan explores the literary possibilities of forests in different countries with a commissioned walk through a 'world forest' with contributions from the author of an award-winning memoir of a Walloon childhood ('Other People's Countries') Patrick McGuinness, the acclaimed Lithuanian novelist Kristina Sabaliauskaitė (author of the historical series 'Silva Rerum'), and the cellist, singer and songwriter Ayanna Witter-Johnson. Hollie McNish introduces the poet Iona Lee who shares work inspired by her childhood experiences of Scottish forests.

    The 'Into the Forest' Verb is part of a Radio 3 week exploring the enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today's often frenetic world.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer:Faith Lawrence.

    A literary walk through a world forest, with new work from international writers.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Into The Forest20181019The Verb heads into the forest as part of Radio 3's season exploring the enchantment, escape and magical danger of forests.

    We explore the forest as metaphor with Terry Deary, Pascale Petit, with music and poetry from Claire Trévien and Kate Arnold, and Jack Bernhardt reminds us why teenagers should never go into the woods in horror films...

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    The Verb explores the forest as metaphor with Terry Deary and Pascale Petit

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Inua Ellams, Cate Le Bon, Ira Lightman, Carrie Etter20120427Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word, with performances from spoken word artist Inua Ellams -whose show 'Black T-Shirt Collection' is on tour, and singer Cate Le Bon who's described her new album 'Cyrk' as a 'a time travelogue that continually hearkens back to the sea'.

    Ian is also joined by Carrie Etter and Ira Lightman to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the death of American poet Hart Crane - and to explore the pleasures of 'difficult' poetry.

    Poetry Proms Competition coming soon... see website for details.

    Ian McMillan is joined by Inua Ellams, Cate Le Bon, Ira Lightman and Carrie Etter.

    Ian is also joined by Carrie Etter and Ira Lightman to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the death of American poet Hart Crane - and to explore the pleasures of 'difficult' poetry.

    Inua Ellams, Will Abberley20150424Ian's guests on 'the cabaret of the word' include poet and playwright Inua Ellams, whose latest show 'The Spalding Suite' is inspired by UK basketball sub-culture.

    The Verb's 'punctuation czar', Will Abberley is back to shed light on the history of the exclamation mark.

    Isy Suttie, Lavinia Murray20140620Ian McMillan's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include the performer and comedian Isy Suttie, who is looking at private family speech for our series on Secret Languages, and dramatist Lavinia Murray, with her short drama based on the diaries of Ysabel Birkbeck, a WWI ambulance driver.

    Ian McMillan's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include the performer and comedian Isy Suttie, who is looking at private family speech for our series on Secret Languages, and dramatist Lavinia Murray, with her short drama based on the diaries of Ysabel Birkbeck, a WWI ambulance driver.

    Jackie Kay, Jean Sprackland, Jane Feaver, Tom Mcrae20120601Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word'. His guests include Jackie Kay whose play 'Manchester Lines' opens on June 12th and is set in a lost property office, Jane Feaver, whose new novel 'An Inventory of Heaven' is a 'meditation on the things we try to hold on to across our lives', the poet Jean Sprackland, who's turned to non-fiction with 'Strands' to record a year of discoveries on the beaches between Ainsdale and Liverpool, and acclaimed singer-songwriter Tom McRae.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Jackie Kay, Nicola Barker, Scottee2017060920170623 (R3)Ian McMillan presents the word cabaret, with Jackie Kay, Nicola Barker and Scottee.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Poet and Scottish Makar Jackie Kay reads from her new poetry commissioned for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park's new exhibition 'Tread Softly'.

    In Nicola Barker's experimental new novel H(A)PPY (Faber) she is attempting to obliterate the narrative.

    'Ode to Leeds' is the second play by young writer Zodwa Nyoni. Based on her experiences as part of Leeds Young Authors, 'Ode to Leeds' is at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from the 10th June.

    Performance artist Scottee's work often examines gender, body image and masculinity. In a new commission for The Verb 'Felt Tips', he writes about the relationship he had with his mother as a small boy.

    Producer: Jessica Treen.

    Jackie Kay, Nicola Barker, Scottee20170623Ian McMillan presents the word cabaret, with Jackie Kay, Nicola Barker and Scottee.

    Poet and Scottish Makar Jackie Kay reads from her new poetry commissioned for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park's new exhibition 'Tread Softly'.

    In Nicola Barker's experimental new novel H(A)PPY (Faber) she is attempting to obliterate the narrative.

    'Ode to Leeds' is the second play by young writer Zodwa Nyoni. Based on her experiences as part of Leeds Young Authors, 'Ode to Leeds' is at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from the 10th June.

    Performance artist Scottee's work often examines gender, body image and masculinity. In a new commission for The Verb 'Felt Tips', he writes about the relationship he had with his mother as a small boy.

    Producer: Jessica Treen.

    Poet and Scottish Makar Jackie Kay reads from her new poetry commissioned for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park's new exhibition 'Tread Softly'. As well as her poetry, Jackie is the author of the novel 'Trumpet', which won the Guardian Fiction Prize and the memoir 'Red Dust Road' (Picador)

    In Nicola Barker's experimental new novel H(A)PPY (William Heinemann) she is attempting to obliterate the narrative. Nicola has been longlisted three times for the Booker prize and her novel 'Wide Open' won the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

    'Ode to Leeds' is a new play by young writer Zodwa Nyoni. Based on her experiences as part of Leeds Young Authors, 'Ode to Leeds' is at the West Yorkshire Playhouse from 10th June.

    Performance artist Scottee is a regular fixture on Radio 4's 'Loose Ends' as well as the cabaret circuit. His work often examines gender, body image and masculinity. In a new commission for The Verb, 'Felt Tips', he writes about the relationship he had with his mother as a small boy.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Jessica Treen.

    Jacob Polley/les Murray20100430Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of new writing and the spoken word, this week featuring a brand new commission from the novelist Jacob Polley and an interview with poet Les Murray.

    With Ian Mcmillan.

    Including a new commission from novelist Jacob Polley.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of new writing and the spoken word, this week featuring a brand new commission from the novelist Jacob Polley and an interview with poet Les Murray.

    With Ian McMillan. Including a new commission from novelist Jacob Polley.

    Jacqueline Gabbitas, Anna Robinson, Stuart Maconie, Liz Fraser, Emma Bennett20120928Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word'. His guests include Stuart Maconie, Liz Fraser of The Cocteau Twins, performance maker and artist Emma Bennett, and poets Anna Robinson and Jacqueline Gabbitas.

    Deep Dialect

    Is there a new dialect poetry movement? Ian finds out from Anna Robinson (who's come up with a new way to represent the Cockney glottal stop in poetry), and Jacqueline Gabbitas from Worksop, who shares her love of the word is t'other.

    Anna Robinson's 'The Finders of London' is available from Enitharmon, and Jacqueline's Mid Lands is published by Seeing Eye, her new pamphlet Earthworks is out from Stonewood Press.

    Emma Bennett and 'Two Tries Robin'

    Emma performs her birdsong-inspired work live in the studio - where she talks like a bird talking about a bird.

    Invented Languages

    Why have so many writers and musicians invented their own languages? Stuart Maconie traces their history from The Tower of Babel to Simlish.

    Liz Fraser invented her own language as part of 'The Cocteau Twins'. She talks about why she decided to eschew obvious meaning in her lyrics for her trademark transcendent and enigmatic sounds.

    And forthcoming - don't forget to get your free tickets for:

    The Verb at Octoberfest

    11th October

    Doors open 10.30am

    Ian's guests at this recording include The Fast Show's Charlie Higson, who'll be talking about his new zombie novel 'The Sacrifice' and the language of horror. He'll be joined by Blake Morrison who revisits the landscape of his childhood in Yorkshire and evokes the mysterious world of the Pendle Witches in his new book 'A Discoverie of Witches' Helen Mort's poems will explore the musical landscape and heritage of Sheffield, whilst Essex-born performance poet Luke Wright will be explaining why Jake Thackray (a Leeds songwriter in love with French chanson) has been such an influence on his work.

    Follow this link for tickets:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/shows/octoberfest_2012

    or contact The Crucible Box Office: 0114 249 6000.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Ian's guests at this recording include The Fast Show's Charlie Higson, who'll be talking about his new zombie novel 'The Sacrifice' and the language of horror. He'll be joined by Blake Morrison who revisits the landscape of his childhood in Yorkshire and evokes the mysterious world of the Pendle Witches in his new book 'A Discoverie of Witches' Helen Mort's poems will explore the musical landscape and heritage of Sheffield, whilst Essex-born performance poet Luke Wright will be explaining why Jake Thackray (a Leeds songwriter in love with French chanson) has been such an influence on his work.

    James Lasdun, Ben Schott, Chris Bartlett20140221Ian McMillan's guests include James Lasdun, who will explore the writing process for both prose and poetry, Ben Schott on the pleasures of German compound nouns and dramatist Chris Bartlett.

    James Patterson And Gillian Clarke20090424Ian Mcmillan talks to bestselling novelist James Patterson about thriller writing, discussing subjects including what makes the perfect thriller, how many twists and cliffhangers are needed to keep readers' interest and how to create the perfect
  • ian mcmillan talks to bestselling thriller writer james patterson and poet gillian clark

  • plus wales's national poet gillian clarke reading from her latest collection, zimbabwean novelist brian chikwava, author of harare north, with a new short

  • hero and the perfect villain.

    plus wales's national poet Gillian Clarke reading from her latest collection, zimbabwean novelist brian chikwava, author of harare north, with a new short

  • programme and music in gaelic from alyth.

    Ian Mcmillan talks to bestselling thriller writer james patterson and poet gillian clark

  • story written specially for the

    ian mcmillan talks to bestselling novelist james patterson about thriller writing, discussing subjects including what makes the perfect thriller, how many twists and cliffhangers are needed to keep readers' interest and how to create the perfect

  • James Robertson, Tom Chatfield, Nathan Jones, Karen Mccarthy Woolf20141121Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include novelist James Robertson. in 2013, James wrote a story every day. Collected in '365 Stories', each story is 365 words long.

    Technology theorist and author of 'Netymology', Tom Chatfield examines the truth behind 'The Cloud'

    Nathan Jones from Liverpool arts collective Mercy presents a new 'language event' on the theme of convergence.

    The Poet Karen McCarthy Woolf reads from her latest collection 'An Aviary of Small Birds'.

    James Yorkston, Polarbear, Sophie Hannah, John Hegley20130208Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' from Gorilla in Manchester with James Yorkston, Polarbear, Sophie Hannah and John Hegley.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' from Gorilla in Manchester with James Yorkston, Polarbear, Sophie Hannah and John Hegley

    Jan Morris2018051820200214 (R3)In a special extended conversation with Ian McMillan, the travel writer Jan Morris looks back over a career in writing that has spanned seven decades and explains what it is that keeps her returning to her writing desk every day at the age of 91. Jan Morris has just published 'Battleship Yamato: Of War, Beauty and Irony' (Pallas Athene) - it's the story of a ship that has always fascinated her, but, as she tells Ian, more importantly it is a portrait of the ship as an allegory for war itself. Jan has always been interested in allegory, as she says 'everything turns out to have more than one meaning'.

    Jan takes us inside her writing practice, including discussion of her strong musical sense (she even sings sentences aloud), her love of the exclamation mark and why three is the magic number when it comes to writing drafts. Finally, after a life-time of making connections and putting them into words, and considering what she believes is the 'self-centred' nature of her job, Jan is an advocate for 'kindness', which she calls 'the ultimate virtue'.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Penny Boreham.

    A special extended interview with travel writer Jan Morris.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    A special extended interview with the travel writer Jan Morris.

    Jan takes us inside her writing practice, including discussion of her strong musical sense (she even sings sentences aloud), her love of the exclamation mark and why three is the magic number when it comes to writing drafts. Finally, after a lifetime of making connections and putting them into words, and considering what she believes is the 'self-centred' nature of her job, Jan is an advocate for 'kindness', which she calls 'the ultimate virtue'.

    Presenter: Ian Morris
    Producer: Penny Boreham.

    Jarvis Cocker, Kapka Kassabova, Diego Marani, John Kinsella20111028Jarvis Cocker is widely regarded as one of the most original and memorable lyricists and performers of recent decades.

    He talks to Ian McMillan about his first book, a collection of lyrics, Mother, Brother, Lover - which he has selected and annotated himself.

    Diego Marani is a senior linguist at the European Union and writes a column for a Swiss newspaper about current affairs in Europanto, a language that he has invented.

    We'll hear extracts from his work in Europanto, and he'll describe how he devised the language.

    Australian poet John Kinsella reads from his new book Armour.

    And poet and travel writer Kapka Kassabova is fascinated with the global subculture of Tango - and writes and reads a new commission especially for the Verb, and takes us through the language of the dance.

    Musician Jarvis Cocker discusses his lyrics and John Kinsella presents new poetry.

    Jarvis Cocker is widely regarded as one of the most original and memorable lyricists and performers of recent decades. He talks to Ian McMillan about his first book, a collection of lyrics, Mother, Brother, Lover - which he has selected and annotated himself.

    Diego Marani is a senior linguist at the European Union and writes a column for a Swiss newspaper about current affairs in Europanto, a language that he has invented. We'll hear extracts from his work in Europanto, and he'll describe how he devised the language.

    And poet and travel writer Kapka Kassabova is fascinated with the global subculture of Tango - and writes and reads a new commission especially for the Verb, and takes us through the language of the dance.

    Musician Jarvis Cocker discusses his lyrics and John Kinsella presents new poetry.

    Jean Binta Breeze, Katy Layton Jones, Karen Mccarthy Woolf20161118Ian McMillan's is joined by Jean Binta Breeze, Katy Layton Jones and Karen McCarthy Woolf.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Friday night cabaret of the word. Ian's guests include Jean Binta Breeze, Katy Layton Jones, Karen McCarthy Woolf.

    Born and raised in Jamaica, Jean Binta Breeze is an internationally renowned dub poet and storyteller, and the first woman to come to prominence in the male dominated dub poetry scene. As she writes in her poem 'The Garden Path', "I want to make words/music/move beyond language/into sound". Her latest book is 'The Verandah Poems' (Bloodaxe)

    Karen McCarthy Woolf is one of the poets invited by Radio 3 to write a new poem to celebrate its 70th anniversary as part of the 'Three Score and Ten' Series. She published her debut collection 'An Aviary of Small Birds' (Carcanet) in 2014.

    Katy Layton-Jones is a Cultural historian and historical consultant. She examines our changing relationship with the city in her book 'Beyond the Metropolis' (Manchester University Press).

    Born and raised in Jamaica, Jean Binta Breeze is an internationally renowned dub poet and storyteller, and the first woman to come to prominence in the male dominated dub poetry scene. As she writes in her poem 'The Garden Path', ""I want to make words/music/move beyond language/into sound"". Her latest book is 'The Verandah Poems' (Bloodaxe)

    Jean 'binta' Breeze, Niven Govinden, Peter Blegvad20110603Ian McMillan returns to the Verb literary salon with the best of new writing including poems in performance from Jean 'Binta' Breeze.

    Niven Govinden presents a short story about the unseen night work which goes on in tropical beach resorts and an Eartoon extravaganza by Peter Blegvad.

    Ian McMillan presents the best of new writing including poems from Jean 'Binta' Breeze.

    Ian McMillan returns to the Verb literary salon with the best of new writing including poems in performance from Jean 'Binta' Breeze. Niven Govinden presents a short story about the unseen night work which goes on in tropical beach resorts and an Eartoon extravaganza by Peter Blegvad.

    Jen Hadfield20090619Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language, which includes a collaboration between Ts Eliot Prize winner Jen Hadfield, and electronic musician and songwriter Leafcutter John.

    The result of several months' work, it combines local dialect spoken by residents of Hadfield's native Shetland with the innovative musicianship of Leafcutter John.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include Ts Eliot Prize winner Jen Hadfield.

    Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language, which includes a collaboration between TS Eliot Prize winner Jen Hadfield, and electronic musician and songwriter Leafcutter John. The result of several months' work, it combines local dialect spoken by residents of Hadfield's native Shetland with the innovative musicianship of Leafcutter John.

    Ian McMillan's guests include TS Eliot Prize winner Jen Hadfield.

    Jo Shapcott, Christos Tsiolkas, Peter Blegvad20100702Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring new poetry from Jo Shapcott; fiction from Australian novelist Christos Tsiolkas and an Eartoon from Peter Blegvad...

    Ian Mcmillan presents new poetry by Jo Shapcott and fiction from Christos Tsiolkas.

    Joanne Harris, Rosie Dastgir, John Lucas, Allan Chatburn20140207Ian McMillan's guests are the writers Joanne Harris and Rosie Dastgir, and he'll also be exploring the art of whistling with John Lucas and Allan Chatburn.

    Joe Dunthorne, Gilli Bloodaxe, Verb New Voices20110701Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the word, with a spooky new story from Joe Dunthorne.

    Joe won praise for his sharp and funny account of male adolescent angst in his first novel Submarine, which he wrote at the age of twenty-six.

    Joe's also a Faber young poet.

    There's music and avant garde poetry from sound artist Gilli Bloodaxe.

    in his work as an artist, Bloodaxe takes on the persona of a Viking, and his work is attempting to make sense of the madness he's found in the twenty first century.

    And there's more from The Verb's new voices, emergent talent on the spoken word poetry scene.

    Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With Joe Dunthorne and sound artist Gilli Bloodaxe.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the word, with a spooky new story from Joe Dunthorne. Joe won praise for his sharp and funny account of male adolescent angst in his first novel Submarine, which he wrote at the age of twenty-six. Joe's also a Faber young poet.

    There's music and avant garde poetry from sound artist Gilli Bloodaxe. in his work as an artist, Bloodaxe takes on the persona of a Viking, and his work is attempting to make sense of the madness he's found in the twenty first century.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. With Joe Dunthorne and sound artist Gilli Bloodaxe.

    Joe Dunthorne/basil Bunting20090703Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine, with a new short story written specially for the programme.

    And to coincide with a new edition of the celebrated poem Briggflatts, Ian talks about its author - modernist poet Basil Bunting.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist Joe Dunthorne, with a new short story.

    Ian McMillan's guests include novelist Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine, with a new short story written specially for the programme.

    Ian McMillan's guests include novelist Joe Dunthorne, with a new short story.

    John Ashbery, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Bryony Kimmings20140523Ian McMillan's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' are the award-winning poet John Ashbery on his Collected French Translations screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce on Chekhov's short stories, and performance artist Bryony Kimmings with her character Catherine Bennett, a palaeontologist pop-star from her 'Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model' show.

    John Irving/frank Cottrell Boyce/free Thinking 2009/oed Historical Thesaurus
    John Kinsella20100618Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring brand new verse drama from Australian poet John Kinsella.

    Producer: Hilary Dunn.

    Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    Featuring new verse drama from Australian poet John Kinsella.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring brand new verse drama from Australian poet John Kinsella.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. Featuring new verse drama from Australian poet John Kinsella.

    John Ruskin20190208Ian McMillan celebrates the bicentenary of writer, artist and critic John Ruskin, alongside US fiction writer Kristen Roupenian (author of 'Cat Person' - a story which went viral after being published in The New Yorker), Professor Dinah Birch, and Sarala Estruch. He also introduces a new commission inspired by Ruskin's fascination with geology (a collaboration between the musician Sonic Pleasure and Verb regular, the poet Ira Lightman).

    Ian McMillan and guests celebrate writer, artist and critic John Ruskin.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Jon Boden, Kachi A Ozumba20101126This week Ian's guests include Jon Boden who has set himself the task of recording a new version of a traditional song every day for a year and making it available on the web.

    And, the Nigerian writer Kachi A.Ozumba reads a brand new story specially written for The Verb

    Producers Erin Riley and Dymphna Flynn.

    Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    With Jon Boden and Nigerian writer Kachi A Ozumba.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing. This week Ian's guests include Jon Boden who has set himself the task of recording a new version of a traditional song every day for a year and making it available on the web. And, the Nigerian writer Kachi A.Ozumba reads a brand new story specially written for The Verb

    Presented by Ian McMillan. With Jon Boden and Nigerian writer Kachi A Ozumba.

    Jon Gnarr, John Mcauliffe, Alison Peck20140926Ian's guests on the 'Cabaret of the Word' include Jon Gnarr's, who's varied career has seen him work as an actor, a comedian, and until recently he was the Mayor of Reykjavík. Gnarr has recently published 'Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World' (Melville House), and for The Verb Gnarr looks into how political language can be made interesting.

    We launch a new series examining the language of Instruction Manuals. Technical writer Alison Peck advises on how to write a good guide, and the poet John McAuliffe presents the first in a series of responses to Instruction Manuals.

    Jon Mcgregor, Laura Dockrill And Eva Salzman On Science Fiction And Laurie Stas On Cockney Song20110527Tonight's programme includes new short stories from Jon McGregor, the shortest of which is just ten words long.

    Jon's first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things was awarded the Betty Trask Prize and a Somerset Maugham award.

    His writing has been praised for its quiet but lyrical style, which captures the everyday world around us.

    Laura Dockrill reads a letter to Dolly Parton - from Jolene's point of view.

    Poet Eva Salzman, a self confessed science fiction nut as a teenager, visits the new Science Fiction exhibition at the British Library - and in thinking about other realities is inspired to write a new piece of fiction for the Verb.

    And in the month that Chas 'n' Dave bow out of live performances, Ian and musicologist Laurie Stras discuss - is this the end of the Cockney Song?

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With Jon McGregor and Laura Dockrill.

    Ian McMillan's cabaret of the word. Tonight's programme includes new short stories from Jon McGregor, the shortest of which is just ten words long. Jon's first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things was awarded the Betty Trask Prize and a Somerset Maugham award. His writing has been praised for its quiet but lyrical style, which captures the everyday world around us.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. With Jon McGregor and Laura Dockrill.

    Laura Dockrill reads a letter to Dolly Parton - from Jolene's point of view.

    Poet Eva Salzman, a self confessed science fiction nut as a teenager, visits the new Science Fiction exhibition at the British Library - and in thinking about other realities is inspired to write a new piece of fiction for the Verb.

    Jonathan Coe, Beccy Owen, Chris Goode, Christian Roe, Matthew Welton20130913Ian McMillan returns with a new series of The Verb, Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performances. With the author Jonathan Coe, musician Beccy Owen,

    director Chris Goode, actor Christian Roe and poet Matthew Welton.

    Download the podcast to hear an more of Matthew's poetry, and an extra song from Beccy:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/theverb.

    Ian McMillan returns with a new series of The Verb, Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performances. With the author Jonathan Coe, musician Beccy Owen,

    Jonathan Lethem/chekhov Short Story Competition/elvis At 75/john Ashbery20100108Chekhov Short Story competition

    Novelist Janice Galloway launches The Verb's brand new writing competition with some advice for would-be Chekhovs, and writer and critic Zinovy Zinik tries to pin down the magical elements of the Chekhov short story. Please see our front page for competition details and terms and conditions.

    Jonathan Lethem

    The author of The Fortress of Solitude and Chronic City tells Ian why we should avoid reading famous novelists in favour of their more obscure contemporaries. Check out Jonathan's reading list below.

    John Ashbery

    The veteran of the New York School of poetry reflects on his fifty-year writing career and reads from his new collection, Planisphere.

    Elvis at 75

    Guardian music writer Laura Barton considers the poignant legacy of Elvis Presley's fame, on what would have been The King's 75th birthday.

    Jonathan Lethem/john Ashbery20100108Ian McMillan's cabaret of the spoken word features novelist Jonathan Lethem and a rare interview with the celebrated American avant-garde poet John Ashbery, who reflects on half a century of writing.

    Ian McMillan meets novelist Jonathan Lethem and avant-garde American poet John Ashbery.

    Jonathan Taylor, George Dawes Green, Daniel Morden, Christine Mcmahon20130920Radio 3's cabaret of language celebrates True Tales with the author Jonathan Taylor, the founder of The Moth, George Dawes Green and storytellers Daniel Morden and Christine McMahon.

    Radio 3's cabaret of language celebrates True Tales with the author Jonathan Taylor, the founder of The Moth, George Dawes Green and storytellers Daniel Morden and Christine McMahon.

    Joshua Ferris20100226Radio 3's cabaret of the word, presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    Novelist Joshua Ferris reflects on literary representations of the soul.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    With novelist Joshua Ferris.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, presented by Ian McMillan. Novelist Joshua Ferris reflects on literary representations of the soul.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word. With novelist Joshua Ferris.

    Julian Barnes20160408In an extended interview, novelist Julian Barnes joins Ian McMillan to discuss his career.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    In a special extended interview Ian McMillan takes the Booker prize winning novelist Julian Barnes through his varied career.

    Julian Barnes, Marry Waterson, Carys Davies, Frank Mccabe20151204Ian's guests on the Cabaret of the Word include author Julian Barnes, singer Marry Waterson, short story writer Carys Davies and Frank McCabe

    Carys Davies is the author of the short story collection 'The Redemption of Galen Pike' (Salt), winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize and the International Frank O'Connor Short Story Award.

    Frank McCabe is one of the BBC Writersroom 10 and the author of 'Tongues', the latest in our series of short dramas on the theme of revolution.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Julian Cope, Maggie Gee, Ruth Keggin, The High Wood20140627Ian McMillan's guests on the 'Cabaret of the word' include the singer Julian Cope on his debut novel, '131', Maggie Gee on Virginia Woolf and singer Ruth Keggin on reinvigorating Manx Gaelic through music. The dramatist Iain Findlay Macleod presents the next in our series of short dramas about WWI, 'The High Wood'.

    Ian McMillan's guests on the 'Cabaret of the word' include the singer Julian Cope on his debut novel, '131', Maggie Gee on Virginia Woolf and singer Ruth Keggin on reinvigorating Manx Gaelic through music. The dramatist Iain Findlay Macleod presents the next in our series of short dramas about WWI, 'The High Wood'.

    June Tabor, Tom Mccarthy20101210Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word live from the Radio Theatre.

    He's joined by the doyenne of traditional music June Tabor.

    As an interpreter of song and a former librarian June Tabor has always said that the words are as important to her as the music.

    For The Verb she'll be performing work from her new album.

    And, Tom McCarthy, the writer and conceptual artist, introduces a new radio poem using techniques which inspired him to write his Man Booker shortlisted novel 'C'.

    The American poet Charles Olsen was born 100 years ago.

    Iain Sinclair presents a beginner's guide to this difficult, influential wordsmith.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word live from the BBC Radio Theatre.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word live from the Radio Theatre. He's joined by the doyenne of traditional music June Tabor. As an interpreter of song and a former librarian June Tabor has always said that the words are as important to her as the music. For The Verb she'll be performing work from her new album. And, Tom McCarthy, the writer and conceptual artist, introduces a new radio poem using techniques which inspired him to write his Man Booker shortlisted novel 'C'. The American poet Charles Olsen was born 100 years ago. Iain Sinclair presents a beginner's guide to this difficult, influential wordsmith.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word live from the BBC Radio Theatre.

    Justin Cartwright, Anthony Browne, Bella Hardy, Arto Vaun Payaslian20110422Ian McMillan offers the best writing around in Radio 3's language cabaret.

    With the novelist Justin Cartwright who reads and discusses a new piece commissioned by The Verb.

    Children's laureate Anthony Browne discusses marrying words and pictures in his books for children.

    Bella Hardy performs material from her new album Songs Lost and Stolen.

    And, Arto Vaun Payaslian introduces contemporary Armenian poetry in the shadow of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With Justin Cartwright, Anthony Browne and Arto Vaun Payaslian.

    Ian McMillan offers the best writing around in Radio 3's language cabaret. With the novelist Justin Cartwright who reads and discusses a new piece commissioned by The Verb. Children's laureate Anthony Browne discusses marrying words and pictures in his books for children. Bella Hardy performs material from her new album Songs Lost and Stolen. And, Arto Vaun Payaslian introduces contemporary Armenian poetry in the shadow of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. With Justin Cartwright, Anthony Browne and Arto Vaun Payaslian.

    Kaite O'reilly, Trevor Cox, Caoilinn Hughes And C Duncan20161125Guests include playwright Kaite O'Reilly, poet Caoilinn Hughes, and musician C Duncan.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Ian's guests this week include playwright Kaite O'Reilly, Professor Trevor Cox, poet Caoilinn Hughes, and musician C Duncan, who performs songs from his new album.

    This year playwright Kaite O'Reilly published her selected plays 'Atypical Plays for Atypical Actors'. The book is a collection of dramas which redefines the notion of normalcy. From monologues, to performance texts, to realist plays, Kaite's work explore disability as a portal to new experience.

    Trevor Cox is Professor of Acoustic Engineering at the University of Salford and the author of ‘Sonic Wonderland: A Scientific Odyssey of Sound’ (Vintage).

    Caoilinn Hughes is one of the new poets commissioned by Radio 3 to create new work as part of their 'Three Score and Ten' series, celebrating 70 years of broadcasting.

    Scottish composer and musician Christopher Duncan performs under the name C Duncan. He performs songs from his new record 'The Midnight Sun' (Fat Cat)

    Kate Rusby And Helen Farish20121123Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' presented by Ian McMillan, with guests Kate Rusby and Helen Farish.
    Kate Rusby, Helen Farish, Fiona Evans20121123Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' presented by Ian McMillan, with guests Kate Rusby and Helen Farish and Fiona Evans.

    Singer Kate Rusby on her writing process, why she thinks 'rhymes could power cars !', why the sea so often features in her lyrics, and her experience of collaborating with Paul Weller, amongst other artists, for her new album '20'.

    Poet Helen Farish on the pleasures and difficulties of capturing music in language, writing from imagination, and her new collection 'Nocturnes at Nohant' (Bloodaxe), which explores the relationship between Chopin and the novelist George Sand. Pianist Sarah Gait performs Chopin's Prelude no 17 and his Nocturne in C Sharp Minor to accompany the poems.

    Playwright Fiona Evans with a new commission, 'Rooftop Romeo' - a drama inspired by a residency on hospital wards and with nurses working in the community. Fiona shares her experience of writing about people suffering from dementia, and how they engage with poetry and music.

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' presented by Ian McMillan, with guests Kate Rusby and Helen Farish.

    Kenneth Steven20091120Ian Mcmillan is joined by poet Kenneth Steven, who reads from A Song among the Stones, his new cycle of poems written specially for the programme.

    Ian Mcmillan introduces a new commission from poet Kenneth Steven

    Ian McMillan is joined by poet Kenneth Steven, who reads from A Song among the Stones, his new cycle of poems written specially for the programme.

    Ian McMillan introduces a new commission from poet Kenneth Steven.

    Kerry Andrew, Danez Smith, Hollie Mcnish And Jenni Fagan20180119Ian McMillan and Hollie McNish present the best in new poetry.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Kery Andrew, Danez Smith, Hollie Mcnish And Jenni Fagan20180119Ian McMillan and Hollie McNish present the best in new poetry.
    Kevin Barry, Ross Sutherland20120608'No Dave I can't do that'... on The Verb this week, Ross Sutherland explores what computers can do for poetry, authors Kevin Barry and Emily Perkins talk about the 'tightrope walk of the short story' vs the novel, and lo-fi legend and the US father of 'home-recording' R.Stevie Moore shares his spoken and sung words with Ian McMillan.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Kirsty Gunn, Gaebl Faye, Tishani Doshi, Emma Jowett20180608Ian McMillan is joined by Kirsty Gunn, Gael Faye, Tishani Doshi and Emma Jowett.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Landscape And Language: Experiments In Living20201002This year the Contains Strong Language Festival of poetry and spoken word goes to Cumbria, as part of the programme of events marking the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth's birth. This week's Verb was recorded at the Forum Theatre in Barrow-in-Furness, with a small, but enthusiastic socially distanced audience. Our theme is the meeting of language and landscape, and Ian's guests are the poet Clare Shaw whose 2018 collection Flood conveys water at its most awesome and destructive, writer and playwright Zosia Wand, who uses the shifting sands of Morecambe Bay as her stage in work that examines how we find identity amidst unreliable memories and family secrets. National Youth Slam Poetry Champion Matt Sowerby is one of the poets commissioned by the Contains Strong Language Festival to write a poem in response to Ruskin's View, alongside Karen Lloyd, who also reads from her work in progress book of essays on the importance of telling hopeful stories and truly paying attention tot he natural world.

    Many of the events at Contains Strong Language are available to view online, please see the website for more details: https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ezb3v2

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Jessica Treen

    Record at the Contains Strong Language Festival.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Language Lockdown20200605With Kate Clanchy, Rob Drummond and Julie Hesmondhalgh

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    With Kate Clanchy, Rob Drummond and Julie Hesmondhalgh.

    A few months ago, writing an email to a colleague that starts 'I hope you are safe in these extraordinary times' would have been an unusual thing to do, but it very quickly became 'the new normal'. This week Ian McMillan and guests look at the many ways in which our language has adapted to fit our our new routines, from Zooming with friends to socially distancing in supermarkets.

    Rob Drummond, The Verb's resident linguist has been keeping an ear out for the neologisms of our time, and Kate Clanchy presents some of the work written by her students as part of their weekly online poetry classes.

    With more time to read, many of us are finding solace in our bookshelves, and discovering new resonances in classic texts. In a piece especially recorded for The Verb, Julie Hesmondhalgh reads from Ruth, by Elizabeth Gaskell, accompanied by Nicholas Howson & Ruth Montgomery from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, just two of the many musicians who have turned their creative energies towards new ways to perform and collaborate.

    We also hear from just a few of the poets and performers responding to Lockdown - Hollie McNish, Michael Dickman, and Morgan Bassichis.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Jessica Treen

    Language, Fashion And Textiles - Experiments In Living20210226This week, Ian and his guests examine writing about fashion and explore the language woven into fabric, with Kassia St Clair, Linda Grant, Amy Key and Lettie Precious.

    Kassia St Clair is the author of 'The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History', a book that illustrates just how important textile technology has been to our human story, and shows us the ways langauge and fabric are intertwined. The poet Amy key is the author of two collections, Isn't Forever and Luxe. We commissioned Amy to write a brand new poem on the theme of clothing as part of our Experiments in Living series. Linda Grant is the author of 'The Thoughtful Dresser', a collection of essays that takes getting dressed seriously, and asks why fashion has been seen as merely frivolous for so long.

    And we have the last in our series of Verb Dramas, 'Reflection', by Lettie Precious.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Jessica Treen

    With Linda Grant, Kassia St Clair, Amy Key, plus new drama from Lettie Precious.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    With Linda Grant, Kassia St Clair and new drama from Lettie Precious.

    Language, Landscape And Memory20201002To mark the 250th anniversary of William Wordsworth’s birth, Ian McMillan goes to Barrow-in-Furness to explore the language of landscape, land and belonging at the Contains Strong Language Festival, with writers Karen Lloyd, Zosia Wand, Zaffar Kunial and Clare Shaw.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Jessica Treen

    Recorded at this year's Contains Strong Language Festival.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Latitude Festival20180921The Verb headed down to the Latitude Festival in Suffolk and popped up at their 'Speakeasy' spoken word stage. Joining Ian McMillan are:

    Luke Wright
    Latitude Festival veteran Luke Wright, who ran the Poetry Tent at the festival for eleven years. Luke performs from his new show 'Luke Wright@ Poet Laureate', and explains how he keeps his performances fresh night after night.

    Travis Alabanza
    Poet and performer Travis Alabanza reads from their debut chapbook 'Before I Step Outside You Love Me', and discusses how to make the streets as safe a place as the stage.

    Octavia Poetry Collective
    The Octavia poetry collective was put together by Rachel Long, who is joined by just a few of its talented members - Amina Jama & Victoria Adukwei Bulley. The podcast edition of the programme contains an exclusive performance from Sunayana Bhargava.

    Joelle Taylor
    Joelle reads from her new collection 'Songs My Enemy Taught Me'. The book came out of workshops with marginalised women, and here Joelle celebrates their unheard voices.

    Harry & Chris
    Harry Baker and Chris Read are the UK's 'Favourite Comedy-Rap-Jazz Duo'. They join Ian on stage at The Speakeasy to celebrate the pleasures of being in a performance Duo, and to sing a song they've written in the voice of a panda. And download the podcast for an extra performance from them too...

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Jessica Treen

    Join Ian and guests at the Latitude Festival's Speakeasy stage

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Jessica Treen

    Laura Veirs, Benjamin Markovits, Alex Horne20120203This week on Radio 3's cabaret of the word, Ian McMillan is joined by singer songwriter Laura Veirs, who performs songs and lullabies for children from her new album Tumble Bee. Also in studio is novelist Benjamin Markovits, with a brand new short story, Sleeping Arrangements, about growing up and sexual awakening in Texas; and writer and comedian Alex Horne delves into the language of childhood.

    Ian McMillan's guests include Laura Veirs, Benjamin Markovits and Alex Horne

    This week on Radio 3's cabaret of the word, Ian McMillan is joined by singer songwriter Laura Veirs, who performs songs and lullabies for children from her new album Tumble Bee. Also in studio is novelist Benjamin Markovits, with a brand new short story, Sleeping Arrangements, about growing up and sexual awakening in Texas; and writer and comedian Alex Horne delves into the language of childhood.

    Ian McMillan's guests include Laura Veirs, Benjamin Markovits and Alex Horne.

    Lawrence Sail, Sunjeev Sahota, Ginger And Black, Ammon Shea20101224Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's smorgasbord of language, performance and brand new writing.

    This week the poet Lawrence Sail, who has written a Christmas poem for the last thirty six years, reads seasonal verse and explains the challenge of saying something new year after year.

    First-time novelist Sunjeev Sahota reads from a work in progress and introduces his first novel 'Ours Are The Streets' the story of Imtiaz, a would-be suicide bomber.

    The acerbic comedy musical duo Ginger and Black offer an alternative to Christmas schmalz.

    And, Ammon Shea reveals the humorous and strange history of the humble phone book.

    Ian McMillan presents.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's smorgasbord of language, performance and brand new writing. This week the poet Lawrence Sail, who has written a Christmas poem for the last thirty six years, reads seasonal verse and explains the challenge of saying something new year after year. First-time novelist Sunjeev Sahota reads from a work in progress and introduces his first novel 'Ours Are The Streets' the story of Imtiaz, a would-be suicide bomber. The acerbic comedy musical duo Ginger and Black offer an alternative to Christmas schmalz. And, Ammon Shea reveals the humorous and strange history of the humble phone book.

    Ian McMillan presents. With Lawrence Sail, Sunjeev Sahota, Ginger and Black, Ammon Shea.

    Leila Aboulela, Padgett Powell, Peter Blegvad, Anthology Of Rap20101217Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best writing of all kinds.

    In this edition, the novelist Leila Aboulela reads a brand new commission for The Verb.

    And, she tells the story of her Uncle Hassan Awad Abouleleh a popular lyrical poet in his day who inspired her new novel Lyrics Alley.

    Ian Mcmillan asks the American writer Padgett Powell to explain why he decided to write 'The Interrogative Mood' a book made up entirely of questions.

    Verb regulars Peter Blegvad and Kevin Jackson are are having a dinner party inspired by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, the C18th gastronome whose book 'The Physiology of Taste' is a classic compendium on the pleasures of the table And, the first anthology of rap lyrics is reviewed by former rapper Doc Brown and the editor of Poetry Review, Fiona Sampson.

    Do the beats and rhymes of one of the most influential cultural forces of the last thirty years actually work on the page?

    Producer: Erin Riley and Dymphna Flynn.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring novelist Leila Aboulela.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best writing of all kinds. In this edition, the novelist Leila Aboulela reads a brand new commission for The Verb. And, she tells the story of her Uncle Hassan Awad Abouleleh a popular lyrical poet in his day who inspired her new novel Lyrics Alley. Ian McMillan asks the American writer Padgett Powell to explain why he decided to write 'The Interrogative Mood' a book made up entirely of questions. Verb regulars Peter Blegvad and Kevin Jackson are are having a dinner party inspired by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, the C18th gastronome whose book 'The Physiology of Taste' is a classic compendium on the pleasures of the table And, the first anthology of rap lyrics is reviewed by former rapper Doc Brown and the editor of Poetry Review, Fiona Sampson. Do the beats and rhymes of one of the most influential cultural forces of the last thirty years actually work on the page?

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring novelist Leila Aboulela.

    Les Murray, Loan Words, Glyn Maxwell, Aminatta Forna
    Letting Go Is Good For You20131101Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' from the Free Thinking Festival. The theme is 'Letting go is good for you!'. His guests include Daljit Nagra, Kate Fox, Nadine Shah, Michael Smith and Maxy Neil Bianco.

    BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival takes place at Sage Gateshead 25-27 October and is broadcast for three weeks on Radio 3 from Friday 25 October.

    Lionel Shriver/fado Poetry20100423Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring a brand new commission from celebrated novelist Lionel Shriver and a discussion of Fado poetry.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, talking to guest Lionel Shriver.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring a brand new commission from celebrated novelist Lionel Shriver and a discussion of Fado poetry.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, talking to guest Lionel Shriver

    Live From Broadcasting House20100129Rebecca Lenkiewicz

    The first living female playwright to have a play - Her Naked Skin - performed on the National Theatre's Olivier Stage, Rebecca is also the author of Shoreditch Madonna; A Soldier's Tale and The Night Season. She presents a brand new commission written specially for the programme.

    Luke Wright

    Poet-in-residence on Radio Four's Saturday Live, Luke Wright is a winner of the Time Out Critics' Circle Award and "the hard-working heir to John Hegley", according to The Guardian. He performs new work from his show The Petty Concerns of Luke Wright.

    The Factory

    Specialising in improvised versions of celebrated plays, The Factory have been called "super cool" and "unforgettable" by critics. As part of Radio 3's ongoing Chekhov celebrations, they give his play The Seagull the unique Factory treatment.

    Toby Litt

    Novelist Toby Litt presents another of his much-loved Verb Guides, this time to 17th-century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho's famous 'frog haiku':

    Faru ike ya

    kawazu tobikomu

    mizu no oto

    Tune in to hear it in English!

    Christopher Reid

    The winner of the 2009 Costa Book Award discusses his moving poetry collection The Scattering.

    Poet-in-residence on Radio Four's Saturday Live, Luke Wright is a winner of the Time Out Critics' Circle Award and ""the hard-working heir to John Hegley"", according to The Guardian. He performs new work from his show The Petty Concerns of Luke Wright.

    Specialising in improvised versions of celebrated plays, The Factory have been called ""super cool"" and ""unforgettable"" by critics. As part of Radio 3's ongoing Chekhov celebrations, they give his play The Seagull the unique Factory treatment.

    A live edition of Ian McMillan's cabaret of the word from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, featuring a Chekhov-inspired performance by improvisational group The Factory, and a new commission from Rebecca Lenkiewicz who recently became the first living female playwright to have her work performed on the Olivier stage of the National Theatre.

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition from the BBC Radio Theatre.

    A live edition of Ian McMillan's cabaret of the word from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, featuring a Chekhov-inspired performance by improvisational group The Factory, and a new commission from Rebecca Lenkiewicz who recently became the first living female playwright to have her work performed on the Olivier stage of the National Theatre.

    Live From The Radio Theatre - Chris Difford, Jane Harris, Adisa The Verbaliser, Toby Litt20110506Poet, broadcaster and Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan presides over another evening of words with verve live from the Radio Theatre in London.

    Singer-songwriter Chris Difford from Squeeze performs two songs, writer Jane Harris reads a new commissioned work, there's rap from Adisa the Verbaliser - and Toby Litt presents a guide to aphorisms accompanied by tap dancer Simeon Weedall from Stomp.

    Producer : Erin Riley.

    Ian McMillan live from the Radio Theatre with Chris Difford, Jane Harris and Toby Litt

    Poet, broadcaster and Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan presides over another evening of words with verve live from the Radio Theatre in London. Singer-songwriter Chris Difford from Squeeze performs two songs, writer Jane Harris reads a new commissioned work, there's rap from Adisa the Verbaliser - and Toby Litt presents a guide to aphorisms accompanied by tap dancer Simeon Weedall from Stomp.

    Ian McMillan live from the Radio Theatre with Chris Difford, Jane Harris and Toby Litt.

    London Underground 150th Anniversary20130111In honour of the London Underground's 150th anniversary, Ian McMillan and his guests celebrate writing on and about transport. Ian's guests are William Leith, Isy Suttie, Michelle Green and Karen Campbell.

    In honour of the London Underground's 150th anniversary, Ian McMillan and his guests celebrate writing on and about transport. Ian's guests are William Leith, Isy Suttie, Michelle Green and Karen Campbell.

    Lord Fox, David Crystal And Jenny Colgan20180112On the programme this week, linguist David Crystal is looking at pronunciation - what does is mean to have a 'friendly accent'? Inspired by David's writing is a brand new poem from Mike Garry which plays with 'Approximants' - consonants that sound like vowels and are often seen as being friendly.

    In 'Spandex and the City' (Orbit), novelist Jenny Colgan finds out what happens when a romantic heroine meets a superhero, and we hear an extract from 'Lord Fox', a collaboration between the writer Kirsty Logan, harpist Esther Swift and songwriter Kirsty Law

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Ian McMillan's guests are David Crystal, poet Mike Garry and novelist Jenny Colgan.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Lorna Goodison And Jorie Graham2017121520200103 (R3)Ian McMillan shares extended interviews with poets Lorna Goodison and Jorie Graham.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance

    The idea of ghosts, as literary influences, our former selves, or in the form of the ghostfishing nets that sit abandoned on the deep sea floor haunt the interviews in this Verb - as Ian McMillan spends some extra time with two world-class poets: Jamaican Poet Laureate Lorna Goodison and the American Pulitzer Prize winning writer Jorie Graham.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Presenter: Ian McMillan
    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Louise Gluck, Jeet Thayil, Ben Crystal And David Crystal, Will Abberley20141205Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include Jeet Thayil, Louise Glück, Will Abberley and David Crystal and Ben Crystal

    As part of our series examining 'Foreign Books in a Foreign Land', Jeet Thayil looks at the popularity of 'Mein Kampf' in India.

    The former US Poet Laureate Loiuse Glück reads from 'Faithful and Virtuous Night', a sequence of journeys and explorations through time and memory

    Will Abberley, one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, explores the appeal of 'the dash', once considered 'sloppy' punctuation.

    And David and Ben Crystal unmask Received Pronunciation.

    Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include Jeet Thayil, Louise Glück, Will Abberley and David Crystal & Ben Crystal

    Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include Jeet Thayil, Louise Glück, Will Abberley and David Crystal and Ben Crystal

    Luke Kennard, Bill Wells, Aidan Moffat20150410Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include the poet Luke Kennard and Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat with songs from their new album, 'The Most Important Place in the World'.

    Luke Kennard, Geraldine Monk, Jeffrey Wainwright20121207Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' presented by Ian McMillan, with poets Luke Kennard, Geraldine Monk and Jeffrey Wainwright.
    Lydia Davis, Clive Wilmer20140404Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with guests including Man Booker International Prize winner Lydia Davis.

    Lynne Truss, Nancy Elizabeth, Nicholas Royle, Irna Qureshi20140418Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with guests Lynne Truss - on writing a novel in the voice of a cat, Irna Qureshi on speaking Bradford Asian English, Nicholas Royle on books he has almost given away, and the singer Nancy Elizabeth.

    Maggie Gee, Paul Heaton, Paul Muldoon, John Bevis20101119Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing.

    Ian's guests this week include Maggie Gee who performs a work in progresss, a monologue written for the ear.

    This is a new direction for the novelist who's recently been inspired to move towards drama.

    And, the singer songwriter Paul Heaton, formerly of The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, reflects on forging a solo career.

    The poet Paul Muldoon takes Ian Mcmillan through the job of building his new collection Maggot, line by line.

    And, John Bevis who has written a lexicon of bird sounds and songs explores why the words of birds are so inspiring to writers, singers and the rest of us.

    Producers: Erin Riley and Dymphna Flynn.

    Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    With novelist Maggie Gee and singer-songwriter Paul Heaton.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing. Ian's guests this week include Maggie Gee who performs a work in progresss, a monologue written for the ear. This is a new direction for the novelist who's recently been inspired to move towards drama. And, the singer songwriter Paul Heaton, formerly of The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, reflects on forging a solo career. The poet Paul Muldoon takes Ian McMillan through the job of building his new collection Maggot, line by line. And, John Bevis who has written a lexicon of bird sounds and songs explores why the words of birds are so inspir