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Howard Jacobson; Helen Lederer; Bob and Roberta Smith

August 18th, 2014

Episode 510 of 1336 episodes

Howard Jacobson, who won the 2010 Man Booker prize with The Finkler Question, has been nominated again for his new novel, called J, which is set in a dystopian future where people are afraid to talk about the past. Helen Lederer meets John Wilson at Dick Whittington's cat statue in London. Helen's brought the statue to life as part of a Talking Statues initiative, where 35 statues in London and Manchester will tell their own stories. The artist Bob & Roberta Smith talks about Art Party, his documentary advocating the importance of art and its place in education. It's being released in cinemas this Thursday - the same day as this year's GCSE results - and Bob & Roberta explains why. The Scottish Poetry Library has published "Tools of the Trade" a collection of poems for new doctors. One of the editors of the collection, Dr Lesley Morrison, and a newly qualified doctor, Dr Jude Fleming, discuss the place of poetry in contemporary Medicine. Image: Howard Jacobson Photo Credit: Keke Keukelaar Presenter: John Wilson Producer: Claire Bartleet.

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