Writeidea Programme Sunday
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Sunday 19 November
|Umi Sinha 1:00pm
Umi Sinha presents her latest book 'Belonging'.
Lila Langdon is twelve years old when she witnesses a family tragedy after her mother unveils her father’s surprise birthday present – a tragedy that ends her childhood in India and precipitates a new life in Sussex with her great-aunt Wilhelmina. From the darkest days of the British Raj through to the aftermath of the First World War, Belonging tells the interwoven story of three generations and their struggles to understand and free themselves from a troubled history steeped in colonial violence. It is a novel of secrets that unwind through Lila’s story, through her grandmother’s letters home from India and the diaries kept by her father, Henry, as he puzzles over the enigma of his birth and his stormy marriage to the mysterious Rebecca.
|Gillian Tindall 1:00pm
The Tunnel Through Time: a new route for an old London journey
Crossrail, London's new tube line which will open in 2018, is simply the latest way of traversing a very old east-west route through what was once countryside to the old City heart and out again. Gillian Tindall traces the course of some these historic journeys along roads which, however altered in appearance still follow the same patterns. Archaeology uncovers actual remains, Gillian Tindall brings to light vanished lives.
|Rosie Wilby 1:00pm
Is Monogamy Dead?
Award-winning comedian, broadcaster and writer Rosie Wilby presents readings and unexpected discoveries from her nonfiction debut Is Monogamy Dead? What actually constitutes a ‘relationship’ and what counts as ‘cheating’ on a partner?
Rosie has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Summer Nights, Four Thought, Midweek, The Human Zoo and Woman’s Hour and at festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Green Man, Larmer Tree and Latitude. She was a finalist at Funny Women 2006 and Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year 2007 and she’s been touring award-winning solo shows and steadily building a word-of-mouth army of fans ever since.
Rosie’s writing has been published in The Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Independent, New Statesman and more. Is Monogamy Dead? follows her TEDx talk of the same name. She co-hosts Radio Diva on Resonance FM.
|Dave Randall 1:00pm
Sound System: The Political Power of Music
Dave Randall is the former guitarist of Faithless, Sinead O’Connor and many others. He will give an illustrated talk about his new book 'Sound System: The Political Power of Music'. A book of raves, riots and revolution, it looks at examples from Beethoven to Beyoncé and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the few?
"A deeply intelligent look at music and society. Thought provoking, readable and clever" Mark Radcliffe (BBC 2 / 6 Music).
|Steve Tongue 1:00pm
Born in Walthamstow and brought up at Leyton Orient, Steve Tongue watched his first London match in 1957 and has followed football in the capital ever since. He was the founder of FOUL magazine, the first football fanzine and as the football correspondent of LBC Radio and The Independent on Sunday among others, he covered nine World Cups and nine European Championships, plus two Olympic Games.
Steve will be talking about his 45 years as a London-based sports journalist specialising in football (although he has also covered Test cricket, Wimbledon and several obscure Olympic sports) and then taking questions.
His book TURF WARS, which has attracted many five-star reviews, and was reprinted within three months of going on sale, is the first comprehensive history of all the London clubs, past and present, from The Wanderers and Old Carthusians to West Ham and AFC Wimbledon.
|Cosey Fanni Tutti 2:30pm
Art Sex Music
Cosey Fanni Tutti is a performance artist, musician, and writer, best known for her time in the avant-garde groups Throbbing Gristle and Chris & Cosey.
She was a performer with COUM Transmissions of which she was a founding member in 1969. Her addition changed the nature of the group, which, when she joined, was still mostly a musical venture. From that point on, COUM performances became events, or in 1960s parlance, 'happenings'.
In 1976 she co-founded the group Throbbing Gristle and in the years since has kept playing music, writing books and has carried on as a performance artist in a Dadaist tradition.
|Emily Morris 2:30pm
My Shitty Twenties
When Emily Morris was a 22-year-old student, she found out she was pregnant. The father of her baby told her to ‘enjoy your impending shitty, snotty, vomitty twenties’ and then disappeared. Despite not feeling maternal, Emily decided to go ahead with the pregnancy. She left university, moved back to the quiet town she was from to live with her mum, and braced herself for life being turned upside down.
In her memoir, Emily shares the loneliness, alienation and adventure she experienced finding her way as a single parent.
'My Shitty Twenties' started life as an award-winning and immensely popular blog. Moving, thoughtful, funny and wise, it is now a book that is heartbreaking, uplifting and an inspiration to any parent who has no idea what they are doing.
|Irenosen Okojie 2:30pm
Boldness in Fiction
Award winning author Irenosen Okojie talks to Joy Francis about her inventive, boundary pushing short story collection, 'Speak Gigantular'. A collection of dark modern fables which shocks, unsettles and disturbs. Irenosen Okojie won a Betty Trask Award for her debut novel, 'Butterfly Fish'. 'Speak Gigantular' was shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize, the Saboteur Awards, is longlisted for the Edgehill Short Story Prize and nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award.
|Alan Dein 4:00pm
The Petticoat Lane Foxtrot
Alan Dein presents the story of his search to recover the lost sounds of Cockney Jewish-themed jazz recorded in London between the 1920s and the 1950s. Join him for this fascinating talk and listen to long lost classics from a bygone era.
Alan Dein is an oral historian and radio broadcaster, mainly for BBC Radio 4. He's received major radio awards, including the Prix Italia, the Prix Europa, the Sony Radio Academy and US Third Coast.
|Tim Sanders 4:00pm
1917: Russia's Red Year
Tim Sanders is cartoonist and illustrator of long standing, having worked for many publications both in the UK and abroad, including many years as the pocket cartoonist for the Independent and the Independent on Sunday. He has also worked for The Guardian, The Observer, The Mail on Sunday magazine, The Daily Telegraph. Private Eye and Prospect to name just a few.
He has recently exhibited a series of drawings based on his experiences traveling in Palestine at the Four Corners Gallery in Bethnal Green.
'1917: Russia’s Red Year' is his first graphic novel produced in collaboration with historian John Newsinger. This year he also published his first children’s book.
|From Me to You 5:30pm
In our digital world, can a hand-written letter change a life?
For someone feeling isolated through illness, a letter from a loved one can be the connection back to the real world that they need.
From Me to You encourages you to go retro and put pen to paper for either a friend or a stranger.
Alison & Brian’s own inspiring story will surprise and delight you - letters really did change a life.
Clare Muireann Murphy 5:30pm