Weekend Strand, The [World Service]



The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day.

Presented by Simon Pitts.

Today's programme includes an interview with Anna Funder (pictured) about her lastest book, All That I Am.

Photo: Karl Schwerdtfeger

Presented by Anna McNamee.

Harare City Library

Harare City Library in Zimbabwe is urgently in need of funds to update its book collection and repair the crumbling building.

Writer Petina Gappah talks about her childhood memories of the library, and the campaign she's running to raise money.

Elias Khoury

New novel by award-winning Lebanese author is set around 1947.

A family tale told through dreams, legends symbols and recollection it parallels the middle east of the time.


Nominated for 2011's prestigious Mercury Prize in the UK, this British rapper talks about making music in his bedroom, and how he plans to celebrate, if he wins!


Bengali artist Chittaprosad documented the poor and hungry in his native state, drawing of one of the worst famines of the twentieth century in 1943 when more than 3 million Indians died.

We attend the first retrospective of his work.

The Kite Runner

We review the graphic novel adaptation of one of the most popular novels of the last decade, Kahled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, and ask why are comic books adaptation currently so popular?

David Honeyboy Edwards

Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen has died at the age of 96.

Garth Cartwright pays tribute to a man who could count Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf among his contemporaries.

The best of the world's arts, film, music, literature and music brought to you every day.

Today's programme includes Andrey Kurkov, Stealing Rembrants, Kevin Volans, Skin I Live In, 1001 Nights, Elegy and Error Morris.