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The Strand Weekend Special - Amy Winehouse20110801 In this week's edition of the weekend show, the entire first half of the programme is dedicated to Amy Winehouse.
Simon Pitts examines the music and troubled creativity of "dark soul" singer Amy Winehouse who died on the 23 July 2011.
Simon Pitts examines the music and troubled creativity of "dark soul" singer Amy Winehouse
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 20111231 The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day. Presented by Harriett Gilbert
Paleki Matthew
The young South Sudanese singer - who found fame in an East African reality television music competition - talks about singing in several languages, and staying true to her South Sudanese roots.
Woyee Film and Theatre Industry
James Copnall goes out on location with the film crew responsible for South Sudan's first ever feature film, Jamila, and finds out how audiences react to seeing a film made in their own country.
Short Stories
In what has been a rich year for the short story form, we celebrate with Ron Rash, Edna O'Brien, Amos Oz and Cees Nooteboom.
John Kinsella
The acclaimed Australian poet and environmentalist John Kinsella makes a passionate case for poetry in action while talking about his latest collection Armour.
Documentary Photography
We explore the art of documentary photography with some of the world's top photographers including Shahidul Alam and David Goldblatt.
Edmund de Vaal
One of the world's leading ceramicists on the humanity and art of the potter. Pots create and contain space for us to think in and resonate with a culture of caring in life and death.
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Paleki Matthew
The young South Sudanese singer (pictured) - who found fame in an East African reality television music competition - talks about singing in several languages, and staying true to her South Sudanese roots.
Woyee Film and Theatre Industry
James Copnall goes out on location with the film crew responsible for South Sudan's first ever feature film, Jamila, and finds out how audiences react to seeing a film made in their own country.
Short Stories
In what has been a rich year for the short story form, we celebrate with Ron Rash, Edna O'Brien, Amos Oz and Cees Nooteboom.
John Kinsella
The acclaimed Australian poet and environmentalist John Kinsella makes a passionate case for poetry in action while talking about his latest collection Armour.
Documentary Photography
We explore the art of documentary photography with some of the world's top photographers including Shahidul Alam and David Goldblatt.
Edmund de Vaal
One of the world's leading ceramicists on the humanity and art of the potter. Pots create and contain space for us to think in and resonate with a culture of caring in life and death.
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Barrington Watson
Barrington Watson is 80 and as his country turns 50, the painter has a retrospective at Jamaica's National Gallery. He reflects on his deep love for his island, its people and above all painting
Latin America
As a powerful new bloc of nations stretching from Mexico to Chile takes shape we take the cultural pulse of Latin America.
I am Eora
Wesley Enoch, the pioneering indigenous Australian director, talks to Lawrence Pollard about his world premiere production I Am Eora, exploring Sydney's aboriginal cultural heritage.
War Horse and Carnage
Critic David D'Arcy reviews two new cinematic adaptations of plays, Steven Spielberg's World War 1 drama and Roman Polanski's dark comedy. Picture shows Kate Winslett and Christoph Waltz in Carnage.
The World's Favourite TV
In our series about the most popular television around the world we travel to India where melodramatic soap operas are gripping viewers.
Noo Saro-Wiwa
Travel writer. and daughter of Nigerian environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, talks about her impressions of Nigeria and why she now hopes to live there again.
The Puppini Sisters
Recreating the close-harmony stylings of 1940s girl groups like The Andrews Sisters, their new album is an assortment of tunes from the golden age of Hollywood
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Joyful Noise and Roadie
Alynda Wheat reviews two new, very different music films from Hollywood: the Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah star vehicle about a choir competition and an indie drama about an out-of-work stagehand.
Korea in Short Stories
Krys Lee's first collection tells of korean immigrants and refugees in a mixture of humour, fantasy and violence stemming from personal and national history
Photo: Kathararina Hesse
Kronos Quartet
After nearly four decades of commissioning new classical pieces, the quartet's latest CD of three new works re-imagines a Schubert quintet and the sounds and significance of breath.
A Room For London
The Strand discovers a unique studio space for artists, musicians and writers from around the globe to reflect on London's place in the world in this Olympic year.
Tibet Hero and Villain
Martin Brauen's new exhibition at Rubin Museum of Art in New York shows the goofy, mystic, misleading and colourful way Tibet has been portrayed in comics throughout the world.
Critical Muslim
A new quarterly magazine sets out to address the great questions of our times through the lens of Islam. Co-editor Ziauddin Sardar tells us why he's set it up.
Voguing
A late 80's dance and fashion scene is chronicled in a new book by photographer Chantal Regnault; the clothes, the poses, the glamour and the tragic end
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German ' blackface' theatre row
A theatre in Berlin has come under fire for casting a white actor in black makeup in a black role. Alexa Dvorson reports.
Milos
He's being hailed as a possible new (much-needed) hero for the classical guitar, Montenegro-born Milos is causing quite a stir
In Darkness
Two years after the Haitian earthquake, The Strand hears about In Darkness, a vivid new novel set in the devastating aftermath of the quake.
Margin Call
Critic Robbie Collin on the thriller about the 2008 financial meltdown that started on Wall Street but affected the whole world.
A new totem for Washington DC
Master carver David Boxley and his son have carved a new totem pole at the Smithsonian National Museum for the American Indian to mark a cultural resurgence for some of North America's native peoples. Jane O'Brien reports.
Picture shows unfinished totem
Gillian Slovo
The South African novelist talks about her latest book which is set in the 1880s and travels between Sudan, where General Gordon is besieged in Khartoum, and London, where Mary struggles to cope with living alone after her husband joins Gordon's rescue mission.
Zarina Bhimji
The Ugandan-born film-maker and installation artist Zarina Bhimji talks about her retrospective exhibition which traces the development of her work over the last 25 years, and the premier of her new film, Yellow Patch.
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Hajj: Journey to the heart of Islam
Lawrence Pollard visits London's British Museum as its first big exhibition of 2012 opens. How to tell the story of sixteen hundred years of religious pilgrimage and capture the extraordinary atmosphere it engenders?
And Australian artist Peter Gould and Malaysian novelist Tash Aw discuss the influence of arabic calligraphy across time and space
Jaipur Literary Festival
We visit India's biggest literary festival and talk to Shehan Karunatilaka whose debut novel set in Cricket-mad Sri Lanka won the DSC Prize for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.
Le Monde cartoonist Plantu
He's a legend in France and is to draw for Algeria Liberte newspaper. Can the man famed for soothing Franco-German relations, work his magic as Algeria in the midst of political reform.
Will You Dance For Me?
Israeli artist Ori Gersht's new exhibition has a remarkable performance at its heart. A woman triumphs over the terrible moment in Auschwitz that turned her into a dancer.
Amanda Hocking
Amanda Hocking is 27 years old, lives in Minnesota and had not sold a single book before 15th April 2010. She has now sold over one million ebooks. She talks about the self-publishing phenomenon and how it worked for her.
CD Box Sets
Classic albums are being rereleased with remixes, remastering, t-shirts, posters, stickers and just about every noise made in the studio, but are they just too much?
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04/02/201220120206 Presented by Harriett Gilbert and friends, The Weekend Strand is a 55 minute programme highlighting the best of what's been broadcast on The Strand during the week.
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The Woman in Black
As Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe launches the horror film "The Woman in Black", US movie theatres this weekend are also opening "Chronicle" and "The Innkeepers". Dave Calhoun discusses this new wave of retro chillers.
Jeet Thayil
A debut novel from the poet and musician Jeet Thayil exposes the rotten underbelly of contemporary Indian life in a story of pimps, poets and addicts over 30 years in the slums of Bombay.
Macau Literary Festival
A report from the first Macau Literary Festival which is bringing together Chinese and Portuguese-language writers, including Man Asian Prize winner Su Tong and Josť Luis Peixoto.
Paul Mealor
His compositions have been performed at last year's Royal Wedding (Ubi Caritas) and topped the UK charts (Wherever You Are). He explains the breadth of his appeal.
Agnieszka Holland
The acclaimed Polish film director on her latest Oscar-nominated film, In Darkness, about a sewer worker who hides Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland.
Wislawa Szymborska
The writer Eva Hoffman celebrates the life of Nobel Prize winning poet Wislawa Szymborska who has died at the age of 88.
Santiago Serra
Spanish Artist Santiago Serra talks about paying unemployed people to help create images and taking a sign saying No around Europe and the USA.
CD Round up
DJ Rita Ray brings us new CDs by three exciting African women performers: The Lijadu Sisters from Nigeria,Yvonne Mwale from Zambia and Sia Tolno from Guinea.
Harriett Gilbert and friends present global arts, culture and entertainment
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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Swedish director Lasse Hallström's new film is a British romantic comedy starring Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor who meet when they're hired to bring salmon fishing to the Highlands of Yemen. Jeffrey Lyons reviews.
Gerry Diver
The Irish fiddle player builds compositions around the melody and rhythm of fellow musicians' spoken words.
India's First Design Forum
Natacha Butler reports from New Delhi on a new initiative to put Indian design on the global map.
Gilbert and George
Turner Prize winning artists Gilbert and George in fine voice at the launch their new show "London Pictures" in Hong Kong. Will their sensationalist Brit Art style resonate with a Chinese audience.
Rough Guide to Psychedelic Africa
A new CD of 60s and 70s African music influenced by trippy psychedelia has just come out; we ask the compiler to tell us what it sounds like.
Christina Ricci
At 32 years old she's already had 21 years of screen experience - she tells us about her latest film - Bel Ami - about sexual shenanigans in 18th century high society Paris.
Japanese Stories from after the Earthquake
Editor David Karashima and writer Yoko Tawada discuss new a anthology of stories responding to the cataclysmic events of March 201 when an earthquake and tsunami in north east Japan damaged five nuclear plants.
Boetti to Turk
British artist Gavin Turk pays tribute to the life, ideas and enduring influence on his own work of the man known as the artist's artist - the Italian giant of Arte Povera - Allighiero Boetti.
Trishna
Anita Sethi joins us to review Michael Winterbottom's new film adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbevilles, set in India and starring Freida Pinto.
Bruce Springsteen
Back with a new CD "Wrecking Ball" his inspiration is clear as we hear from a very cross Boss in Paris.
Photo: Alighiero Boetti
Mappa 1989–1994 (installation view)
Embroidery
Giordano Boetti, Rome
© Alighiero Boetti Estate by DACS / SIAE, 2012, courtesy Fondazione Alighiero e Boetti
Photocredit: Lucy Dawkins, Tate Photography
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South Sudan Music Awards
As the world's newest country gears up to host its first Music Awards ceremony, the BBC's James Copnall meets some of the nominees and brings us some unique South Sudanese music.
The Hunger Games
Selling more advance tickets than any non-sequel, The Hunger Games hits screens this weekend. Is the controversial teenagers-killing-each-other story good? We'll find out
Jerez Flamenco Festival in Spain
Legendary Flamenco singer Carmen Linares has set some of Spain's greatest poetry to the music of flamenco. Ashish Sharma visited the Festival for The Strand.
Nadine Gordimer
The Nobel prize winning author talks about her new novel, No Time Like the Present, which tells the story of a mixed couple who were former fighters against apartheid and now face challenges of a different kind in the new South Africa.
Manu Delago
On tour with Bjork, playing the hang - which looks like two woks and sounds like a steel pan- Manu talks about being an evangelical pioneer for his young instrument
Projects 97: Mark Boulos
A video meditation on the slipperiness of oil; more than fuel, its discovery and exploitation can wreak local devastation and drive global capitalism to dangerous extremes.
Maori Shakespeare
As part of Globe to Globe, we hear about a production of Troilus and Cressida which transplants the plot from Ancient Greece to precolonial New Zealand (pictured).
Esperanza Spalding
Grammy-winning Esperanza Spalding releases Radio Music Society. We talk to the musician about jazz and the acoustic bass.
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International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2012
We hear from the winner of the 2012 International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Rabee Jaber, about his novel The Druze of Belgrade.
Shakespeare in Mumbai
A Gujerati company are bringing their adaptation of All's Well That Ends Well to London's Globe Theatre. Zubair Ahmed joins them in rehearsal.
Peter Hook
Bass player with seminal bands Joy Division and New Order, after an acrimonious split his new band the Light is touring a captivating back catalogue.
Karen Lord - Redemption in Indigo
A contemporary fairytale based on a Senegalese folk tale, complete with talking spiders and greedy husbands. Sarfraz talks to Caribbean writer Karen Lord about the inspiration for the book.
Chibundo Onuzo
Nigerian author Chibundu Onuzu (pictured) talks about her debut novel set in Lagos which examines two teenagers who defy the prejudices of Nigerian society to cross the rich-poor divide. But can their relationship survive?
Gustav Klimt
The Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt would have celebrated his 150th Birthday in 2012, so the city of Vienna is marking the year with several special exhibitions. John Cummins reports.
Future Anatomies: Wasteland, Wasteland, Wasteland
Claire Vaye Watkins' short story broadcast in full Monday 26/03/12 imagines a town with a very personal relationship with its nuclear dump.
Dr John
For nearly 50 years he's been a fixture of the New Orleans sound and he's still making exciting music - his latest is with rock band The Black Keys.
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Presented by Anna McNamee.
On today's programme:
Peter Carey: The Chemistry of Tears
Take one acclaimed Australian author and one fabulous and fraudulent 18th Century automata - a French-digesting-and-defecating-duck - and what you get is a novel about grief, global warming and the nature of life itself.
Jimmy Little
A salute to the seminal aboriginal musician.
Damien Hirst
We review the first large scale exhibition of Damien Hirst's career at London's Tate Modern, featuring more than 70 works from the past two decades (pictured).
Pescador
We hear about the new prize-winning film from Ecuador about a fisherman who finds himself out of his depth after getting involved in the drug trade.
Music: Retro, Present and Future
Mark Coles joins Anna to discuss the hottest new releases and the most important music news, including Alabama Shakes and the rise and rise of vinyl.
South Sudan Theatre Company - Cymbeline
As the Globe to Globe Shakespeare Festival approaches, companies around the world are busy rehearsing. The BBC's James Copnall was in South Sudan to hear how the world's newest country is getting on with their first Shakespearean production.
On twitter: @southsudanTC
Morgan Spurlock
We talk to director Morgan Spurlock, best known for his fast food documentary Supersize Me. His latest, "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope", looks at what many might dismiss as cultural fast food.
K-Pop
Korean Pop music has already taken Asia by storm and now it is making its mark in Europe and the USA. What is the reason for its sudden growth in popularity, and can it move into mainstream listening?
Image: Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1991. © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved. DACS 2011. Photographed by Prudence Cuming Associates.
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Mike Figgis
In Hongkong for the Liberatum Festival, the film director talks about conversations with art icons and why China enthralls him
Being Elmo
We talk to Constance Marks, the director of the documentary about Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Elmo, the much loved character from the American children's show Sesame Street
Toni Morrison's novel Home reviewed
Korean American novelist Krys Lee reviews Toni Morrison's novel Home - which follows a GI from the Korean war returning home to an unwelcoming Georgia to help his sister
Roman Ondak
Slovak artist Roman Ondak is the Deutsche Bank Artist of the Year and has just opened a new exhibition in Berlin, which includes a huge aeroplane wing. He talks to The Strand about his new work.
Orhan Pamuk on his Museum of the Novel
The Museum of Innocence opens in Istanbul, putting flesh to its author's dream of illuminating the individual lives of its citizens then and now.
Monsieur Lazhar
We review the French-Canadian Oscar nominated film, about a 55-year-old Algerian refugee who becomes a substitute teacher in Montreal after a primary school instructor hangs herself.
One Day in Spring - National Theatre of Scotland
As the National Theatre of Scotland's season focusing on new work from the Arab world gets under way, we talk to the Syrian playwright Abdullah Alkafri and Lebanese writer and actor Abdelrahim Alawaji.
Bola Agbaje's Belong
A new play in London on why many black Britons increasingly see Africa as a land of promise
Sony World Photography Prize
Winner Mitch Dobrowner and chief judge W.M. Hunt join us to discuss global photography, storm-chasing and hailstones the size of golf balls.
Photo: Mitch Dobrowner, USA, Professional Category Winner, Landscapes, Sony World Photography Awards 2012
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Chelsea Flower Show
The first fringe festival for the Chelsea Flower Show in London includes gardens made in holes in the road and canal basins. Corinne Julius reports for The Strand
Even the Rain
Award-winning scripter writer Paul Laverty talks about writing Even the Rain, a film set in Bolivia about the water war of the early 00s.
New writing from the Caribbean
Anita Sethi tells us about new initiatives to encourage emerging writers in the Caribbean.
Arts in Kenya
The BBC's Michael Kaloki tells us about the renewed campaign to create a National Gallery for the arts in Kenya.
Robert Glasper
Respected jazz pianist who's mixing it up on his latest album - with a host of the biggest names in contemporary black American music - including influences from Nirvana to Erykah Badu
Red Tails and Free Men
We review two films set during WW2 which confront prejudices against minorities during a time of conflict in the US and in Europe.
Head On International Photo Festival
Sydney, Australia is bidding to be the world's biggest art photography venue. Head On is only three years old but growing fast.
Pritkzer Prize 2012
Wang Shu, a 48 year old Chinese architect has won the 2012 Pritzker Architecture Prize. we hear more about the relatively known architect who's work has been praised for its blend of modernity and local tradition.
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Coral Rekindling Venus
International musicians and cinematographers have co-operated to make a new film by Australian artist Lynette Walworth about the state of the oceans and it will premiere at international observatories around the world.
Frente Cumbiero
Cumbia music spreads acorss Latin America from Argentina to Mexico, and its long history means it's ripe for re-invention. Frente Cumbiero recall the tradition while bringing it bang up to date.
Jerusalem Chronicles
We talk to the award-winning Canadian comic author Guy Delisle about his latest book Jerusalem Chronicles, a personal account of one year spent living in the city with his young family.
Prometheus
We review Ridley Scott's much anticipated return to sci-fi with Prometheus, about a team of explorers on a mission to discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth.
Maria Duenas - The Seamstress
The Spanish blockbuster novel which is intriguing readers around the world. Author Maria Duenas explains how she combines the worlds of high fashion and espionage against the backdrop of WWII in Spain and Morocco.
Nihal's music round-up
DJ Nihal selects three of the hottest current dance tracks with an Asian twist.
Kiev Biennale
With Arsenale 2012, the biennale brand arrives in Ukraine. A boost for the country's contemporary artists but was that all that the show's organisers had in mind when they lobbied to host the event?
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Presented by Simon Pitts.
Musican Refugees in Germany
Jutta Schwengsbier investigates the plight of musicians seeking refuge in Germany which was brought to light by the German singer-songwriter Heinz Ratz. We hear the background stories of some of the musicians including that of Hosein whose rap was not acceptable in Afghanistan and Iran, and Sam, whose singing was taboo in Gambia. Now they live in poor conditions in German refugee camps waiting, often for years, to be allowed to integrate properly into society. Heinz Ratz has put together a CD of some of the musicians, title: Strom und Wasser featuring the Refugees, and they are also touring.
Patti Smith
Sarfraz Manzoor talks to Patti Smith, the legendary American singer songwriter. She is one of the influential artists in rock music, her debut album Horses which was released in 1975 led to her later dubbed the godmother of punk. But alongside her music Patti Smith is also a best-selling author, a poet and a photographer. This week she releases her 11th album Banga.
Imogen Heap
Lawrence Pollard meets Imogen Heap. Musician sound artist composer, she defies categorisation. Heap spent six weeks working with people in china, in Hungjzo, to create a piece of music made up by stitching together the sounds she found there, of birdsong, car doors, water, alarms, and the people. She takes us through this amazing project.
(Image: Harry Belafonte. Credit: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)
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Dallas
Dallas is back on American TV screens. Will the new version match up to the drama of who shot JR?
Robert Wilonsky from the Dallas Morning news reviews.
Picture shows Larry Hagman
Photo: Gabriel Bouys
Inhotim Park
Paulo Cabral visits Inhotim Park - a massive open air arts space in the Brazilian countryside set up by the mining millionaire Bernado Paz as a "Disneyland" for
contemporary art lovers
Commonwealth Writers
We meet the winners of the Commonwealth Book Prize and Short Story Prize and former winner Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the value of such awards.
Shehan Karunatilaka from Sri Lanka won the Book Prize for his novel Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew
Emma Martin from New Zealand won the Short Story Prize
Carlos Gamerro
Argentine novelist Carlos Gamerro discusses The Islands, his book about a Malvinas war veteran who is forced to undertake a crime investigation for a rich, powerful and brutal businessman.
Maria Noel and Laureana Toledo
What, if anything, is Latin American Art? As this year's PINTA brings an international gathering of artists to London, we hear the view from Argentina and Mexico.
Rock of Ages
Tom Cruise sings an '80s soundtrack in the film version of the musical set on Sunset Strip in LA. Lizo Mzimba reviews.
CD Roundup
It's a week full of delicious R+B releases and Jacqueline Springer will be reviewing Bobby Womack, Azealia Banks and Usher.
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Herzog
The architect talks designing this year's Serpentine Gallery Pavilion alongside Ai Weiwei.
Yoko Ono
Louisa Buck joins Anna McNamee to review the artist's latest exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery in London.
Jonathan Harvey
The British composer talks about his latest work Weltethos, which is based on texts from six of the world's largest religions: Confucianism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.
Yinka Shonibare
Yinka Shonibare - the artist who previously displayed a giant ship in a bottle in Trafalgar Square in London - talks about his new public sculpture for The Royal Opera House called Globe Head Ballerina.
Hamid Pourazari
The Iranian theatre director talks about his latest production, 'Unfinished Dream', which features refugees and local inhabitants of Croydon in South London performing a world of stories in a multi storey car park.
Peter Sellars
The theatre director talks about his production of Toni Morrison's Desdemona starring Rokia Traore which re-tells the story of Shakespeare's Othello and Desdemona.
Rokia Traore
The Malian singer talks about her role in the above production of Desdemona.
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Tanni Grey-Thompson
One of Britain's most influential athletes on the poem that inspires her.
Asif Kapadia: Odyssey
Award-winning director of Senna with an eagle's eye view of London's turbulent journey towards the Olympics
Fast Girls
We talk to Damian Jones, the Iron Lady producer. His new film is the sport movie Fast Girls, he reveals how the cast were trained to look like elite athletes.
Ping!
4 table tennis players versus the four members of a string quartet - the winner is music.
Speed Of Light
Endurance running up a big rock in Edinburgh produces musical starlight
Lightness of an Olympic hopeful
Susan pui san lok on why pole vault is the sport that sums up optimism in her video installation of British olympic hopeful, Kate Dennison
Cricket beloved of Wordsmiths
Earl Lovelace from Trinidad and Shehan Karunatilaka from Sri Lanka have both won prizes for novels which use the politics of bat and ball to explore the world'
John Gerrard and Janie Hampton
21st century military technologies underpin both art and sport in this London 2012 Cultural Olympiad offering - a far cry from the art which won medals in 1948, the last time Britain hosted the games.
Picture shows: John Gerrard Installation shot of Exercise Djibouti 2012 at Old Power Station Oxford
Photo credit: Stuart Whipps
Chris Holmes
Multiple gold medallist in swimming paralympics on why the poet John Dryden works for him.
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As the US presidential campaign heats up, we review a new anti-Obama documentary - 2016: Obama's America - and ask how Americans on both sides of the political spectrum are reacting to it.
The Kennedys; unseen pictures by photographer Mark Shaw, instrumental in the creation of their Camelot myth.
And we catch up with Baloji, the Congolese musician who is currently touring the UK on board the Africa Express, and about to appear at The Proms.
We hear the story behind Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper, now considered to be one of the top five most important pieces of art in the world.
Lawrence Scott
The Trinidadian writer Lawrence Scott talks about his new novel Light Falling on Bamboo. Sett in 1848 it's a fictional account of the life and loves of the island's most famous painter Michel Jean Cazabon
Somali Party Southall
Two cultures meet up in London, and musicians from two continents create an exciting blend; We hear from award winning percussionist Kuljit Bhamra and Abdulkarim Raas
Folktales in India
to commemorate 200 years of the Grimm's brothers collection of fairy stories, we find out what tales are told by parents to children in contemporary India
Everybody's Right by Paolo Sorrentino
A review of the debut novel by award winning Italian film director Paolo Sorrentino which tells the story of a wannabe Frank Sinatra enjoying an extravagant lifestyle in Naples and Capri in the 1980's.
Lawless
We talk to Australian director John Hillcoat about his gangster movie set in Prohibition-era Virginia, starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy.
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Andre Brink
South African novelist, Andre Brink, talks about his latest novel, Philida, based on a real woman, a slave, bought and sold by one of his ancestors. He talks about the lessons to be learned from that time and questions whether South Africa today has learnt anything from slavery, and perhaps whether the violence and oppressiveness of that time has been overshadowed by Apartheid. Is now the time to dig deeper?
Attica Locke
African-American crime writer Attica Locke talks about her latest novel The Cutting Season, set on an old plantation in the deep South where the dark history of slavery hangs heavily over the present day.
Pakistani truck art on the catwalk
For decades Pakistani truck drivers have been painting their trucks and lorries with colourful artwork to remind them of their home villages in the countryside. Nosheen Abbas reports on how this art is now inspiring fashion designers in Karachi.
Toure Raichel Collective
A chance meeting at an airport has led to a sumptous album combining Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure and Israeli pianist Idan Raichel. We hear about their ambitions for the project
Chinese Art
Art of Change: New Directions from China - we visit the Hayward Gallery in London to hear more about how Chinese artists are changing their approach to installation art.
Albanian Bunkers
Albanian dictator Enva Hoxha had a staggering 750,000 mushroom-shaped bunkers constructed across the country to safeguard the regime from external attack. They're now being re-used in imaginative ways
Somalil Culture
The first time since 1991 Somalia has chosen a new leader from inside the country. A sign, perhaps, that things are changing and the country might be returning to a degree of normality after two decades of conflict. But has there been any sign of a resurgence of arts and culture in Somalia?
Jennifer Egan
Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jennifer Egan talks about writing her new story, Black Box, in tweets.
Photo shows Attica Locke
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Toronto International Film Festival
As the Toronto International Film Festival winds up in Canada, the Strand talks to the critic Noah Richler about the number of literary adaptations on offer this year - and asks if they're as good as the books.
Ivory Coast Art
A report from Abidjan where a brand new gallery is showcasing a collaboration between two of Ivory Coast's
most famous artists - the veteran Frederic Bruly Bouabre, 79, and Aboudia who is just 29.
Larry Graham:
We talk an ex-member of the group Sly And The Family Stone, who later went on to found the influential Graham Central Station. This month Larry Graham is back with "Raise Up", the band's first new studio album in 13 years, featuring Prince.
Shoko Festival Harare
An urban culture festival gets underway in Harare, asking what the role of the artist in modern-day Africa should be. The Strand reports.
Vaddey Ratner
The first novel from a Cambodian princess about the horrors of life under the Khmer Rouge - the deaths of her family members, starvation, forced labour - and her flight to the US.
Other Ideas for Rio Project
We visit a public art exhibition in Rio de Janeiro
Marry Waterson and Oliver Knight
We meet folk royalty Marry Waterson and Oliver Knight, the latest of a long line of musical acts to emerge from the famous Waterson/Carthy family, to discuss their new album.
Picture shows Awilda by Jaume Plensa, Botafogo Beach, Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Helen Clegg
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The Casual Vacancy
Finally, it's here. The new book by JK Rowling - her first ever for adult readers - has been the subject of massive hype and speculation, but hours after it's published, the Strand reviews The Casual Vacancy.
John Akomfrah
British film artist's new exhibition in London explores identity and its meaning in the age of cloning and digital manipulation.
Be Be Winans
American gospel singer BeBe Winans talks about his new album of patriotic songs and singing at the US Republican convention as a registered Democrat.
Peter Hoeg
Danish novelist Peter Hoeg on his new comic novel The Elephant Keepers' Children, about two teenagers on a quest to find their parents and encountering a host of eccentric characters at a world religion convention along the way.
French Muslim Art.
As The Louvre in Paris reopens its Islamic art gallery with a major exhibition we are in Paris to discover the work of young Muslim artists in France today.
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 2012100720121008 (WS)50 Shades of Grey
The whole world seems to be reading 50 Shades of Grey as translations of the saucy S&M book are being published globally. The Strand explores the appeal of the book and the effect on the publishing industry.
Edna O'Brien
When the writer Edna O'Brien published her first novel The Country Girls back in 1960 it scandalised her native Ireland so much her books were burnt. Fifty years later she has finally published her memoir which tells wonderful stories of a life well lived, and an undying passion for the world of literature.
Angelo Villani
The Australian pianist, Angelo Villani, talks about making his comeback after an injury brought his career to an abrupt halt more than 20 years ago.
The Parade / Barbara
Two world cinema gems today. "Barbara", a Cold War drama set in 1980 about an East German doctor banished to a rural outpost for wanting to flee to the West. And "Parade" a rather unlikely story from Serbia about a group of Yugoslav war veterans hired to provide security for a gay pride march.
David Thomson on his new book
What effect has the cinema had on cinema goers throughout the years? A question explored by film critic David Thomson in his new book The Big Screen: The Story Of The Movies and What They Did To Us..He joins Samira Ahmed on The Strand.
Benghazi arts gallery
Last week was announced that Benghazi will be the cultural capital of Libya in 2013. As a new, improvised gallery opens, we talk to local artist Abdul Erahman Ahlees about the creative freedom now enjoyed by Libyan artists.
Cartier-Besson and The Mother
The 'mastering' The Lens' photographic exhibition reveals how the French master more than met his match when he went to document life in the southern-India Ashram of guru Sri Aurobindo.
Bluegrass
Steve Martin was one of the stars at this week's International Bluegrass Music Awards in Nashville. There too, watching the honours being handed out,
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