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1. Akala and David Olusoga: Striking the Empire

Akala and David Olusoga: Striking the Empire

Dissect the making and unmaking of civilisations and cultures at a conversation between MOBO award-winning hip-hop poet Akala and historian David Olusoga. Chaired by television broadcaster June Sarpong MBE. This timely discussion explores everything from empire and race to culture and class, retracing and contextualising the roots of modern British society. For more information and other events, go to:

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2. ‘We, A Manifesto of Women Everywhere’ - Book Review

‘We, A Manifesto of Women Everywhere’ - Book Review

This is one of a series of podcasts coming from the WOW - Women Of The World Festival, 2017, at London's Southbank Centre. Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre, and founder of the WOW Festival, hosts this discussion with Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel, about their new book called ‘We, a Manifesto of Women Everywhere’ Jennifer originally trained as a barrister but became one of the UK’s foremost correspondents, broadcasting for the BBC, Channel 4 News and ITV. She wrote a book on domestic violence that was made into a BBC film and produced a documentary about rape as a weapon of war in Bosnia. This experience, as well as a long history of activism, positioned her as someone who really understood the gravity of what women were experiencing, and published her first novel 'Pretty Thing' in 2015. Gillian Anderson, perhaps known best known for her role in the X-Files among many other film and television productions, is an activist who speaks out regularly from feminism to climate change and trafficking. This book, ‘We’, aims to hold out a hand to women, and is probably best seen as a manual of group collective achievement; of how we can move our life forward, spiritually, psychologically and practically. Here they talk with Jude about what drew them together initially and their collaborate on writing the book…

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3. 2018 Man Booker Prize Readings

2018 Man Booker Prize Readings

Ahead of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Southbank Centre welcomed the six shortlisted authors for an evening of live readings and discussion, hosted by writer columnist and playwright Damian Barr. The Man Booker Prize is a byword for the finest literary fiction, with its list of past winners containing some of the greatest writers of the last five decades. In the running for this year’s award are the following authors, who joined us on Sunday 14 October, to read from their shortlisted novels. Anna Burns (UK) – Milkman (Faber & Faber) Esi Edugyan (Canada) – Washington Black (Serpent’s Tail) Daisy Johnson (UK) – Everything Under (Jonathan Cape) Rachel Kushner (USA) – The Mars Room (Jonathan Cape) Richard Powers (USA) – The Overstory (William Heinemann) Robin Robertson (UK) – The Long Take (Picador) The 2018 Man Booker Prize winner is revealed on the evening of Tuesday 16 October at a special dinner at London’s Guildhall.

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4. American Dreams in the time of Trump

American Dreams in the time of Trump

Ted Hodgkinson examines the different ways in which literature has interpreted the past, dissected the present and shaped the future of American politics. Guests feature authors Salman Rushdie and Marilynne Robinson, poet Terrence Hayes and academic Sarah Churchwell. "The thing that is weirdest about this book is that, when I started writing it, nobody was thinking about Trump. And then when things started - the phenomenon of Trump. I realised that I had a character, who was a corrupt billionaire; who had made his name in the real-estate business; who liked to have his name on buildings; and had a much younger, eastern European trophy wife. I thought, what?!" SALMAN RUSHDIE

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5. Anna Burns: Milkman

Anna Burns: Milkman

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2018, Anna Burns talks to Ted Hodgkinson about how she went about creating a story that won one of the most prestigious prizes in literature, why her characters don't need names and when her writing makes her feel 'angel shivers'. "You only get the first step and then you have to trust and have faith that more steps will come, and it will all make sense in the end." ANNA BURNS You can subscribe to Southbank Centre's book podcast for more interviews with everyone from journalist Khaled Hosseini to Jordan Stephens from Rizzle Kicks.

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6. Literature and the refugee crisis featuring Khaled Hosseini and Nick Makoha

Literature and the refugee crisis featuring Khaled Hosseini and Nick Makoha

This episode looks at migration, civil war, and the power of stories and poetry to take us beyond the headlines. Three years ago, the body of three-year-old Syrian refugee, Alan Kurdi was found on the beach in Turkey. This provoked Khaled Hosseini, best-selling author and Afghan refugee, to write the illustrated story, Sea Prayer. Ted Hodgkinson had poet Nick Makola in the studio where they talked about politics, family and his experience of fleeing Uganda as a child. "I connect with that man running from his country and not knowing he has to leave, with tears in his eyes, while he holds his mother's hand." NICK MAKOLA

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7. An Evening with Roger Daltrey

An Evening with Roger Daltrey

Hear Roger Daltrey in conversation with writer and presenter Will Hodgkinson. He tells the inside story of the rise of British rock, becoming the vocalist in one of rock music’s era-defining bands and he separates myth from reality, reflects on his wild journey with the band through chart-topping hits, in-fighting, drugs, mayhem, trashed hotel rooms and the premature death of Keith Moon, and a life spanning a tumultuous time of change in Britain and America.

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8. Mental health and creativity featuring Matt Haig and Jordan Stephens

Mental health and creativity featuring Matt Haig and Jordan Stephens

In this episode we bring you highlights from author Matt Haig’s recent interview at Southbank Centre about his new book Notes on a Nervous Planet and musician and campaigner Jordan Stephens talks to Ted Hodgkinson about the relationship between mental health and creativity. "There's a lot of 'I' and 'self' wrapped up in the consumerist world we live in." JORDAN STEPHENS Following on from the mould-breaking memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig’s new book is a personal look at living with anxiety in the age of social media. We bring you key moments from his conversation last month with Bryony Gordon, offering insights on the why staying happy is difficult in our comparative culture and the relationship between the internet and his writing process. Jordan Stephens is best known as one half of the hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks and has since lead a range of campaigns challenging stigma about mental health including for YMCA and NHS. He talks candidly about the expectations of fame, masculinity and anxiety have shaped his life and fuelled his music.

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9. Backstage at Man Booker 50

Backstage at Man Booker 50

In this episode, we bring you some of the highlights from Man Booker 50 festival at Southbank Centre, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize. We hear extracts from a talk with novelists Alan Hollinghurst and Marlon James; a debate about the meaning and importance of genres; the moment the winner of the Golden Man Booker Prize, Michael Ondaatje's The English Patient, was announced; and interviews with judges Robert McCrum and Kamila Shamsie backstage after the announcement. Man Booker 50 festival ran at Southbank Centre from 6 - 8 July 2018.

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10. Four Man Booker Prize-winning novelists

Four Man Booker Prize-winning novelists

We're celebrating 50 years of the Man Booker Prize this July with Man Booker 50 festival and it spurred us to look back on some of the previous Man Booker Prize winners we've had here in recent years. In this first episode of Southbank Centre's Book Podcast, we bring together extracts from talks with four previous Man Booker Prize-winning authors here at Southbank Centre: Eleanor Catton, Richard Flanagan, Marlon James and George Saunders. Man Booker 50 festival takes place at Southbank Centre from 6 - 8 July 2018 and is packed full of talks with some of the world's most celebrated novelists. Highlights include talks between Julian Barnes & Peter Carey, Hilary Mantel & Pat Barker, Kazuo Ishiguro & Michael Ondaatje, and the closing event of the festival, Golden Man Booker Live, which crowns the best of the winning novels from the last five decades. Tickets to the events in Man Booker 50 festival are available here:

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11. An Evening with Sally Field

An Evening with Sally Field

Celebrated actor Sally Field tells her extraordinary story in a candid conversation with Elizabeth Day, Field reveals how she discovered her craft and used it as a tool to escape from a lonely early life. An actor of remarkable range whose roles tell the story of a changing America, Field won her first television role at just 17, starring on the sitcoms Gidget and The Flying Nun. For more information and other events, go to:

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13. Polari First Book Prize

Polari First Book Prize

The Polari First Book Prize is awarded to a work which explores LGBT experience. This year's ceremony features Tom Rob Smith, Juliet Jacques, Charlie Flowers and Anny Knight, and includes the announcement of the 2015 prize. Polari is a queer literary salon devoted to new and established talent. Resident at Southbank Centre, it has been described as 'The most exciting literary movement in London... crackling with energy, ideas and excitement' (Hungerford Post). Polari is curated and hosted by author and journalist Paul Burston, and won LGBT Cultural Event of the Year in the Co-operative Respect 'Loved by You' Awards 2013. Tom Rob Smith is the bestselling author of the Child 44 trilogy. His latest novel The Farm was longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. His BBC2 series London Spy – starring Ben Wishaw and Charlotte Rampling – is being broadcast later this year.

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15. Paul Agnew talks Monteverdi's Fifth Book of Madrigals

Paul Agnew talks Monteverdi's Fifth Book of Madrigals

Ahead of their performance of Monteverdi’s Fifth Book of Madrigals, Catherine Bott travels to Paris to speak to Les Arts Florissant’s director for this project, Paul Agnew about these multi-voiced songs of life and love and the intriguing controversy that surrounded them after they were completed. Book now:

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17. Bookburners: Book 1

Bookburners: Book 1

Exclusive: 15 remixes for the limited-edition vinyl release of Nicole Lizée's new release on Centrediscs: Bookburners. Check out the album here:

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