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Joan Armatrading, Hot Pursuit, Michael Moorcock, Dealing with artistic controversy

July 28th, 2015

Episode 962 of 1302 episodes

Singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading has provided the soundtrack for generations of young Britons since she first came to prominence in the 1970s. Now on her last major world tour she looks back over 40 years of touring and the inspiration for her songs. Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara star in Hot Pursuit, a road trip buddy-movie in which Witherspoon plays a police woman and Vergara a witness in her care. Comedian Meryl O'Rourke reviews. In his first full novel for almost 10 years, science fiction writer Michael Moorcock returns to one of his recurring themes: London. Set in a post-Second World War Britain The Whispering Swarm mixes autobiographical elements of Moorcock's own life with fantasy. He explains why he has chosen to put himself centre stage. Julia Farrington from Index on Censorship explains why it has produced new guidelines to help arts organisations understand the legal framework that underpins freedom of expression.