October 18, 2008

Start the Week, Radio 4

Just to let you know I'll be talking about my new arts magazine Horizon Review on "Start the Week" this Monday morning, 20th October - 9am, if you're ever up that early on a Monday! (My train into London is at 06.04, so I'll certainly be awake by then. Or if not, I'll be in serious trouble, ahem.)

For those who don't know, "Start the Week" is a high-profile arts programme on BBC Radio 4.

The other guests with me this Monday are Rupert Goold, theatre director - who's currently directing Pete Postlethwaite in King Lear, along with Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Audience at the Gielgud Theatre, Pinter at the Duke of York AND Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane - also Duncan Wu, writer and biographer (his most recent work is a biography of William Hazlitt) and Jackie Wullschlager, chief art critic for the Financial Times, who's just written a comprehensive tome on the Russian emigré artist Chagall.

If you miss it on Monday, the programme should be available for about a week using the Listen Again facility on the BBC Radio 4 website.

I'll be visiting the Poetry Library at the South Bank afterwards, having lunch with poet, critic and Warwick-based creative writing tutor George Ttoouli at the Poetry Society, and generally swanning about London in search of lattés and good poetry.

Ah, the life of a literary editor ... !

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  1. George Ttoouli

    So not only have I made it into my first blog tag, but I also seem to have about 5 comments posted by you to my blog in one fell swoop. Should I answer them all, to try and maintain some kind of ribauldequin conversation? Or should I simply reply here to all of them, without reading them accurately? Blog etiquette, eh?

    Well, I think I will recommend highly that everyone tune into you on Start the Week, purely on the grounds that I know what you think of Duncan Wu’s Victorian poetry anthology.

    Get thee to Café Vergnano, on Charing Cross Road, for a decent espresso.

    18 Oct 2008, 20:24

  2. Jane Holland

    Ribauldequin: Blog-Word of the Week

    Expresso? (She barely represses a shudder.) Heaven preserve us from such unadulterated coffees. I like a healthy dose of lactose with my metabolic stimulants.

    Have I slated that anthology? Don’t recall that now. (I slate so many things, one simply can’t keep up with one’s own instant dislikes.) But I enjoy Hazlitt’s biting wit and candour very much indeed, so for that grace I am willing to overlook any number of Victorian anthologies.

    See you Monday 2.30pmish, O tagged one. Presumably in the Cafe itself.

    And I can show you my new book at the same time. DHL failed us so I’m having to drive to Thrapston Services in a short while, where Chris from Salt will be meeting me in a dodgy layby exchange, partway between here and Cambridge, so that I may bear my spanking new hardback to London tomorrow.

    And since the book is “Camper Van Blues” and takes place almost entirely on the motorways of Britain, there’s a certain poetic inevitability to today’s meeting. Don’t you think?

    Now you have to blog about me. A toi.


    19 Oct 2008, 10:44

  3. Jane Holland

    And I expect a tag.


    19 Oct 2008, 10:52

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