May 6th, 2015
Episode 885 of 1303 episodes
Kate Atkinson discusses her latest novel, A God In Ruins, which is a companion piece to her award-winning Life After Life. In this she continues her exploration of the Second World War and what comes after for those involved in it. Carrie, the musical adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling novel, was a huge musical flop on Broadway in 1988. This month a newly-reworked version has its London premiere. Samira Ahmed speaks to lyricist Dean Pitchford and director Gary Lloyd about its revival. Every two years Venice plays host to contemporary artists from around the world for its Biennale. Art critic Rachel Campbell-Johnston has been to the first day of the previews and reports live from Venice to review this year's 56th Biennale. As the winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction is announced, one of the judges, Ayman A. El-Desouky, discusses the restrictions on the publishing industry in some parts of the Arab world and the challenges that publishers and authors in Syria and Gaza currently face. Presenter Samira Ahmed Producer Rebecca Armstrong.