The Verb

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

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20020406

With novelist Zadie Smith, DJ Charlie Dark, oral storytellers from Morocco and an audio cartoon by Peter Blegvad

20020406

With novelist Zadie Smith, DJ Charlie Dark, oral storytellers from Morocco and an audio cartoon by Peter Blegvad

20020420

Julian Barnes on his translation of Daudet's deathbed diaries, a discussion of the French chanson, and a report on the Inuit language and literature.

20020420

Julian Barnes on his translation of Daudet's deathbed diaries, a discussion of the French chanson, and a report on the Inuit language and literature.

20020427

Ian 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.

20020427

Ian 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.

20020504

Including children's books written on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

20020504

Including children's books written on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

20020518

Ian 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.

20020518

Ian 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.

20020525

Ian Mcmillan on new writing, including a book on performing Shakespeare by National Theatre voice coach Patsy Rodenburg

20020525

Ian Mcmillan on new writing, including a book on performing Shakespeare by National Theatre voice coach Patsy Rodenburg

20020608

Ian Mcmillan presents new writing, featuring a story by J M Coetzee and an audio cartoon by American radio producer Gregory Whitehead

20020608

Ian Mcmillan presents new writing, featuring a story by J M Coetzee and an audio cartoon by American radio producer Gregory Whitehead

20020615

Ian 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

20020615

Ian 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

20020622

Ian Mcmillan presents a showcase of new writing.

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

20020622

Ian Mcmillan presents a showcase of new writing.

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

20020629

Gregory Whitehead presents an aural meditation on the theme Evil Axis, and Ian Mcmillan interviews author Jon McGregor.

20020629

Gregory Whitehead presents an aural meditation on the theme Evil Axis, and Ian Mcmillan interviews author Jon McGregor.

20020706

Glyn Maxwell unveils his work in progress - a monologue by a sinister best man - and Peter Blegvad presents a cartoon for radio.

20020706

Glyn Maxwell unveils his work in progress - a monologue by a sinister best man - and Peter Blegvad presents a cartoon for radio.

20020713

Ian Mcmillan presents a showcase of new writing from the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, including a look at Yorkshire dialect.

20020713

Ian Mcmillan presents a showcase of new writing from the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, including a look at Yorkshire dialect.

20020921

Ian 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.

20020921

Ian 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.

20020928

Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the programme recorded at this year's Edinburgh Festival.

20020928

Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the programme recorded at this year's Edinburgh Festival.

20021005

Ian Mcmillan presents a weekly showcase of new writing, performance and global literature.

20021005

Ian Mcmillan presents a weekly showcase of new writing, performance and global literature.

20021012

Graham Swift reads from his work in progress; a dictionary of Polari and gay slang reviewed; plus the performance poetry scene in Amsterdam.

20021012

Graham Swift reads from his work in progress; a dictionary of Polari and gay slang reviewed; plus the performance poetry scene in Amsterdam.

20021019

Ian 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.

20021019

Ian 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.

20021102

Ian 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.

20021102

Ian 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.

20021109

The magazine about language, including Michael Ondaatjie on Canadian literature; the task of the editor; Brooklyn writer Toure; poetry from Stockholm; and made-up languages.

20021109

The magazine about language, including Michael Ondaatjie on Canadian literature; the task of the editor; Brooklyn writer Toure; poetry from Stockholm; and made-up languages.

20021116

Ian 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.

20021116

Ian 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.

20021130

Featuring Alice Oswald reading sonnets about the audience and a discussion exploring the language of authority.

20021130

Featuring Alice Oswald reading sonnets about the audience and a discussion exploring the language of authority.

20021207

Ian 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.

20021207

Ian 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.

20021214

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, including a specially commissioned Nativity story, a writing competition and and a feature on Christmas songs.

20021214

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, including a specially commissioned Nativity story, a writing competition and and a feature on Christmas songs.

20030104

Ian 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.

20030104

Ian 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.

20030118

Ian 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.

20030118

Ian 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.

20030125

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, including Rose Tremain reading from her latest novel plus a new story by Anne Donovan

20030125

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, including Rose Tremain reading from her latest novel plus a new story by Anne Donovan

20030201

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language and talks to novelist Magnus Mills and poet Katrina Porteous, whose commissions are featured in the programme.

20030201

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language and talks to novelist Magnus Mills and poet Katrina Porteous, whose commissions are featured in the programme.

20030208

Ian 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

20030208

Ian 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

20030215

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

Plus Longshore Drift, a poem by Matrina Porteous.

20030215

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

Plus Longshore Drift, a poem by Matrina Porteous.

20030222

Ian 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.

20030222

Ian 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.

20030301

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, featuring a new art form combining film and poetry, plus the literature of asylum seekers.

20030301

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, featuring a new art form combining film and poetry, plus the literature of asylum seekers.

20030315

Ian 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?

20030315

Ian 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?

20030322

On 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.

20030322

On 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.

20030329

For 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.

20030329

For 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.

20030405

For 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.

20030405

For 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.

20030412

In 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: plié, arabesque and cha-cha-cha.

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

20030412

In 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: plié, arabesque and cha-cha-cha.

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

20030419

Ian 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.

20030419

Ian 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.

20030426

Ian 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.

20030426

Ian 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.

20030503

Sacred 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?

20030503

Sacred 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?

20030510

As 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

20030510

As 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

20030517

Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's showcase of words, language and performance, including new writing from the American Poet Laureate Billy Collins

20030517

Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's showcase of words, language and performance, including new writing from the American Poet Laureate Billy Collins

20030524

Ian 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.

20030524

Ian 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.

20030531

Ian 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.

20030531

Ian 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.

20030614

Ian 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.

20030614

Ian 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.

20030621

Ian 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.

20030621

Ian 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.

20030628

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

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

20030628

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

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

20030920

Radio 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

20030920

Radio 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

20030927

Ian 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.

20030927

Ian 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.

20031004

Ian 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.

20031004

Ian 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.

20031011

Ian 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

20031011

Ian 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

20031018

Ian 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.

20031018

Ian 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.

20031025

Ian 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.

20031025

Ian 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.

20031101

Ian 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.

20031101

Ian 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.

20031115

Ian 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.

20031115

Ian 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.

20031129

Ian 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.

20031129

Ian 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.

20031213

Ian 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.

20031213

Ian 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.

20031220

Ian 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

20031220

Ian 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

20040110

Ian 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.

20040110

Ian 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.

20040117

This 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.

20040117

This 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.

20040124

This 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.

20040124

This 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.

20040131
20040131

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

20040221

Almost 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.

20040221

Almost 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.

20040228

In 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.

20040228

In 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.

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Ian 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.

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Ian 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.

20040313

Ian 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.

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Ian 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.

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The 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.

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The 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.

20040327

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.

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

20040327

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.

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

20040410

In 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.

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In 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.

20040417

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.

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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.

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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.

20040501

Ian 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.

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Ian 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.

20040508

Jeffrey 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.

20040508

Jeffrey 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.

20040508

Jeffrey 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.

20040515

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.

20040515

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.

20040515

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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James 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.

20040529

James 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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Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

20040612

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.

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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.

20040626

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.

20040626

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.

20040703

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.

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.

20040703

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.

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.

20040703

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. 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.

20040710

Ian 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

20040710

Ian 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

20040716

Ian 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

20040716

Ian 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

20040717

Ian 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

20040717

Ian 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

20040724

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.

20040724

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.

20040724

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.

20040918

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

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

20040918

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

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20041002

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

20041002

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

20041002

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

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20041016

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.

20041016

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.

20041016

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.

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

20041030

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'.

20041030

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'.

20041030

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'.

20041106

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.

20041106

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

20041106

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

20041113

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.

20041113

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.

20041113

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.

20041120

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.

20041120

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.

20041120

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.

20041127

Ian 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.

20041127

Ian 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.

20041127

Ian 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.

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20050108

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.

20050108

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.

20050108

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.

20050115

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

20050115

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

20050115

Ian 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.

20050122

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.

20050122

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.

20050122

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.

20050129

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

20050129

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

20050129

Ian 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.

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

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

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

20050219

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

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

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Ian 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.

20050226

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.

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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.

20050226

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.

20050305

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.

20050305

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.

20050305

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.

20050312

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.

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

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

20050319

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.

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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.

20050319

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.

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

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

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

20050409

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

20050409

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

20050409

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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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.

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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.

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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.

20050507

Ian 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.

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Ian McMillan presents the writing and performance programme. There'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.

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There'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

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There'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

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Ian 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.

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Ian 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.

20050528

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.

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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

20050528

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

20050604

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.

20050604

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.

20050604

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.

20050611

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.

20050611

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.

20050611

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.

20050618

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.

20050618

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.

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Ian 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.

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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.

And poet Nii Parkes continues his guide to great African writers.

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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.

And poet Nii Parkes continues his guide to great African writers.

20050625

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. And poet Nii Parkes continues his guide to great African writers.

20050702

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.

20050702

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

20050702

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

20050709

Ian 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.

20050709

Ian 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.

20050709

Ian 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.

20050917

Ian 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.

20050917

Ian 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.

20050917

Ian 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.

20050924

Ian 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.

20050924

Ian 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.

20050924

Ian 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.

20051001

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.

20051001

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

20051001

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

20051008

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.

20051008

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

20051008

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

20051015

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.

20051015

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.

20051015

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.

20051022

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.

20051022

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

20051022

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

20051105

Ian 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.

20051105

Ian 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.

20051105

Ian 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.

20051112

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'.

20051112

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'.

20051112

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'.

20051119

Ian 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.

20051119

Ian 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.

20051119

Ian 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.

20051126

Another 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

20051126

Another 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

20051203

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.

20051203

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.

20051203

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.

20051210

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.

20051210

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

20051210

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

20051231
20051231

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

20060107

Second of two programmes in which Ian MacMillan looks back over the best writing and performances broadcast by The Verb in the past twelve months.

20060107

Second of two programmes in which Ian MacMillan looks back over the best writing and performances broadcast by The Verb in the past twelve months.

20060114
20060114
20060121
20060121
20060128

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.

20060128

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.

20060128

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.

20060204

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.

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.

20060204

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.

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.

20060204

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.

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.

20060211

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.

20060211

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.

20060211

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.

20060218

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.

20060218

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.

20060218

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.

20060225

Booker prize winner DBC Pierre talks to Ian Mcmillan.

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

20060225

Booker prize winner DBC Pierre talks to Ian Mcmillan.

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

20060225

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

20060304

Howard 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.

20060304

Howard 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.

20060304

Howard 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.

20060325

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.

20060325

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.

20060325

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.

20060401

To 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.

20060401

To 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.

20060408

The 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.

20060408

The 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.

20060408

The 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.

20060415

The last in the series of special Samuel Beckett commissions.

20060415

The last in the series of special Samuel Beckett commissions.

20060415

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

20060422

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.

20060422

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.

20060422

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.

20060429

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.

20060429

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.

20060429

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.

20060506

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

20060506

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

20060506

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.

20060520

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.

20060520

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.

20060520

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.

20060527

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

20060527

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

20060527

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

20060603

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.

20060603

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.

20060603

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.

20060610

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

Plus, an interview with poet Michael Tomlinson.

20060610

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

Plus, an interview with poet Michael Tomlinson.

20060610

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

20060617
20060617
20060617

Ian McMillan presents another edition of the language, literature and performance programme.

20060624

Ian 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.

20060624

Ian 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.

20060701

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

20060701

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

20060708

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.

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

20060708

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.

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.

20060923

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.

Plus, performance poet Rhian Edwards kicks off her shoes to revel in the joys and perils of dance - in words.

20060923

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. 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.

Plus, performance poet Rhian Edwards kicks off her shoes to revel in the joys and perils of dance - in words.

20060930

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.

20060930

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.

20061007

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

20061007

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.

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

20061014

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

20061014

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

20061021
20061021

Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language

20061104

Free 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.

20061104

Free 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.

20061111
20061111

Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language and literature.

20061125

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.

20061125

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.

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

20061209

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

20061209

Ian 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.

20061216

Studio 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.

20061216

Studio 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.

20070106

He looks back on the best moments from the programme during 2006.

20070106

Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language. He looks back on the best moments from the programme during 2006.

He looks back on the best moments from the programme during 2006.

20070113
20070113
20070120
20070120
20070127

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

20070127

Ian 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.

20070203

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.

Daljit Nagra, bard of Dollis Hill, talks to Ian about his collection Look We Have Coming To Dover.

20070203

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. 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.

Daljit Nagra, bard of Dollis Hill, talks to Ian about his collection Look We Have Coming To Dover.

20070223
20070223
20070302

He is joined by Booker-nominated novelist MJ Hyland, who shares an exclusive extract from her forthcoming third novel.

20070302

Ian 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.

He is joined by Booker-nominated novelist MJ Hyland, who shares an exclusive extract from her forthcoming third novel.

20070309
20070309

Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

20070316

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.

20070316

Ian 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.

20070323

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.

20070323

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.

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.

20070330

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

20070330

Ian 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.

20070406

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.

20070406

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.

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

20070420

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.

20070420

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.

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.

20070427

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.

20070427

Ian 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.

20070504

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.

20070504

Ian 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.

20070511
20070511

Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's showcase of new writing, literature and performance.

20070518

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.

20070518

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.

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.

20070525

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.

20070525

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.

20070601

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

20070601

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

20070601

Ian 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.

20070608
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20070629

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

20070629

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

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.

20070706
20070706
20070914

Radio 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.

20070914

Radio 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.

20070921
20070921
20070928

Ian 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.

20070928

Ian 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.

20071005

In 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.

20071005

In 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.

20071012

His guests include Malorie Blackman, best known for her books for young adults.

20071012

Ian McMillan presents a weekly cabaret of language and literature. His guests include Malorie Blackman, best known for her books for young adults.

His guests include Malorie Blackman, best known for her books for young adults.

20071019

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

20071019

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

20071026

Ian Mcmillan with his weekly celebration of poetry and new writing, including a performance from writer, director and actor Ken Campbell

20071026

Ian Mcmillan with his weekly celebration of poetry and new writing, including a performance from writer, director and actor Ken Campbell

20071102

Including a specially commissioned poem about China's Terracotta Army.

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

20071102

Including 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.

20071116

A 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

20071116

A 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.

20071123

Ian 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.

20071123

Ian 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.

20071130

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.

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

20071130

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.

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

20071207

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

20071207

Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

20071214
20071214

Ian McMillan with Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language, poetry and performance.

20071221

Ian 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.

20071221

Ian 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.

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.

20080111

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.

20080125
20080201

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

20080201

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

20080215

Another 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.

20080229

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.

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

20080229

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.

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

20080321

Another 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.

20080509

Ian 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.

20080509

Ian 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.

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.

20080516

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.

Also on the programme are singer-songwriter Joan As Police Woman and new poetry from Will Eaves.

20080516

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. 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.

Also on the programme are singer-songwriter Joan As Police Woman and new poetry from Will Eaves.

20080606

Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language.

20080606

Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language.

20080620

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

20080620

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.

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

20080627

Ian 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.

20080627

Ian 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.

20080704

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.

20080704

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.

20080711

Ian 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.

20080711

Ian 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.

Also featuring singer songwriter Thea Gilmore, and a new story from novelist Bethan Roberts.

20080919

Ian 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

20080919

Ian 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

20081003

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.

20081003

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.

20081010

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.

20081010

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.

20081017

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

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

20081017

Ian 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

20081024

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.

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.

20081024

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.

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.

20081107

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

20081107

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.

20081114

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

20081114

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.

20081121

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.

Plus a performance from poet Polar Bear.

20081121

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.

Plus a performance from poet Polar Bear.

20081128

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.

20081128

In 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.

Ian McMillan is joined by public art poet Ira Lightman.

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

20081212

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

20081212

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

20081219

Featuring 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.

20081219

Featuring 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.

20090109

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.

20090109

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.

20090116

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.

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

20090116

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.

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

20090123

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.

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

20090123

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.

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

20090130

Ian 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

    Peter Porter

    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

  • 20090130

    Ian 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

    Peter Porter

    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

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    Ian 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.

    20091016

    Ian 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.

    20100402

    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.

    20100402

    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.

    20100409

    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

    20100409

    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

    20100514

    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.

    20100514

    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.

    20100528
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    20100604

    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

    20100604

    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

    20100917

    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.

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

    20100917

    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.

    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.

    20120518

    Ian 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.

    20120518

    Ian 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.

    20120713

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with poet Julia Copus and the writer Charles Fernyhough.

    20120713

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with poet Julia Copus and the writer Charles Fernyhough.

    20121005
    20121005
    20121214

    Radio 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'.

    20121214

    Radio 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'.

    20130201

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

    Produced by Faith Lawrence.

    20130201

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

    Produced by Faith Lawrence.

    20130315

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

    Produced by Faith Lawrence.

    20130405

    Radio 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.

    20130405

    Radio 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.

    20130419

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

    Produced by Jessica Treen

    20130419

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

    Produced by Jessica Treen.

    20130426

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

    20130426

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

    20130517

    Radio 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.

    20130614

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan, with guests John Kinsella, Sally Weintrobe and Owen Jones.

    20130614

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan, with guests John Kinsella, Sally Weintrobe and Owen Jones.

    20130621

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan with guests Fred D'Aguiar and Rosie Garland.

    20130621

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan with guests Fred D'Aguiar and Rosie Garland.

    20130705
    20130705

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

    20140214

    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.

    20140214

    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.

    20150206

    Ian'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?

    20150206

    Ian'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?

    20150417

    Ian 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.

    20150417

    Ian 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.

    20150515

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

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    20150515

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

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    20150522

    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.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    20150522

    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.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    20150605

    Ian'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.

    20150605

    Ian'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.

    20150626

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

    20150626

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

    20160429

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

    20160429

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

    20160930
    20160930

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

    20170303
    20170303

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

    20170519

    Ian 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.

    20170922

    Ian McMillan's guests include writer Francis Spufford and poet Hollie McNish.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word' - this week he explores the stories we do or don't tell about engineering, and investigates that iconic post-war figure 'the boffin'. He's joined for the first time this year by Ted Hughes Award winner and spoken word star Hollie McNish. Hollie will be a regular guest - introducing Ian to new poetry across the autumn. Writer Francis Spufford is also taking part - Francis is fascinated by the mythology of the 'boffin' and won this year's Costa Prize for his first novel 'Golden Hill', along with Dr Steve Cross (who teaches engineers to do stand-up comedy), by materials scientist Anna Ploszajski, and by French science vlogger, Leo Grasset.

    20170922

    Ian McMillan's guests include writer Francis Spufford and poet Hollie McNish.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word' - this week he explores the stories we do or don't tell about engineering, and investigates that iconic post-war figure 'the boffin'. He's joined for the first time this year by Ted Hughes Award winner and spoken word star Hollie McNish. Hollie will be a regular guest - introducing Ian to new poetry across the autumn. Writer Francis Spufford is also taking part - Francis is fascinated by the mythology of the 'boffin' and won this year's Costa Prize for his first novel 'Golden Hill', along with Dr Steve Cross (who teaches engineers to do stand-up comedy), by materials scientist Anna Ploszajski, and by French science vlogger, Leo Grasset.

    20170922

    Ian McMillan's guests include writer Francis Spufford and poet Hollie McNish.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word' - this week he explores the stories we do or don't tell about engineering, and investigates that iconic post-war figure 'the boffin'. He's joined for the first time this year by Ted Hughes Award winner and spoken word star Hollie McNish. Hollie will be a regular guest - introducing Ian to new poetry across the autumn. Writer Francis Spufford is also taking part - Francis is fascinated by the mythology of the 'boffin' and won this year's Costa Prize for his first novel 'Golden Hill', along with Dr Steve Cross (who teaches engineers to do stand-up comedy), by materials scientist Anna Ploszajski, and by French science vlogger, Leo Grasset.

    20170922

    Ian McMillan's guests include writer Francis Spufford and poet Hollie McNish.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word' - this week he explores the stories we do or don't tell about engineering, and investigates that iconic post-war figure 'the boffin'. He's joined for the first time this year by Ted Hughes Award winner and spoken word star Hollie McNish. Hollie will be a regular guest - introducing Ian to new poetry across the autumn. Writer Francis Spufford is also taking part - Francis is fascinated by the mythology of the 'boffin' and won this year's Costa Prize for his first novel 'Golden Hill', along with Dr Steve Cross (who teaches engineers to do stand-up comedy), by materials scientist Anna Ploszajski, and by French science vlogger, Leo Grasset.

    20171020

    Ian McMillan explores The Society of the Spectacle with guests including Will Self.

    It's fifty years since the publication of 'The Society of the Spectacle' by the French writer and situationist Guy Debord. It's a book which continues to inspire artists and writers.
    Novelist Will Self argues that 'Never before has Debord's work seemed quite as relevant as it does now, in the permanent present that he so accurately foretold'.
    In this programme Will joins Ian McMillan, along with artist Paul Harfleet and writer Nick Harkaway to consider the idea of 'the spectacle', and, in the first of a new Verb series, Hollie McNish introduces new poetry from Keisha Thompson.

    "jackie Kay, Nicola Barker, Scottee"20170623

    Ian 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'. 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.

    *20080111

    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.

    *20080111

    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.

    *20080118
    *20080118

    Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

    *2008020820080215

    Another 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.

    *2008020820080215

    Another 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.

    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.

    *20080222
    *20080222

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

    *20080307

    Ian McMillan investigates the art of juggling aphorisms.

    Plus a new story from novelist Will Ashon.

    *20080307

    Ian 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.

    *2008031420080321
    *2008031420080321

    Another 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.

    *20080328

    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

    *20080328

    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

    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.

    *20080404

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

    *20080404

    Nicola 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.

    *20080411
    *20080411

    Ian McMillan presents the weekly programme about language.

    *20080418

    Ian 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.

    *20080418

    Ian 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.

    *20080425

    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.

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

    *20080425

    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.

    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.

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

    *20080502

    Ian 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.

    *20080502

    Ian 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.

    Ian 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.

    *20080523

    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.

    *20080523

    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.

    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.

    *20080530

    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.

    *20080530

    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.

    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.

    *20080613

    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.

    *20080613

    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.

    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.

    *2008092620090220

    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.

    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.

    *2008092620090220

    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.

    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.

    *20090206

    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

    *20090206

    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

    *20090626

    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

    *20090626

    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

    *20091030

    Free 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.

    *20091030

    Free 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