The Verb

Ian Mcmillan presents the late night showcase of new writing, found language and hi-octane performance.

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20020406

With novelist Zadie Smith, DJ Charlie Dark, oral storytellers from Morocco and an audio cartoon by Peter Blegvad

20020420

Julian Barnes on his translation of Daudet's deathbed diaries, a discussion of the French chanson, and a report on the Inuit language and literature.

20020427

Ian Mcmillan explores new writing from poet and novelist Jackie Kay and recalls the Black Mountain writers of North Carolina, who influenced the Beat poets, pop art and early rock.

20020504

Including children's books written on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

20020518

Ian Mcmillan hosts the weekly showcase of new writing, performance and global literature.

Tonight, featuring the South African novelist Nadime Gordimer, and a Punch and Judy show.

20020525

Ian Mcmillan on new writing, including a book on performing Shakespeare by National Theatre voice coach Patsy Rodenburg

20020608

Ian Mcmillan presents new writing, featuring a story by J M Coetzee and an audio cartoon by American radio producer Gregory Whitehead

20020615

Ian Mcmillan presents a showcase of new writing, and considers the stories hidden in everyday documents such as till receipts.

He is joined by authors David Levy and Toby Litt

20020622

Ian Mcmillan presents a showcase of new writing.

Belfast playwright Colin Teevan presents a radio drama reflecting Ireland's World Cup dramas.

20020629

Gregory Whitehead presents an aural meditation on the theme Evil Axis, and Ian Mcmillan interviews author Jon McGregor.

20020706

Glyn Maxwell unveils his work in progress - a monologue by a sinister best man - and Peter Blegvad presents a cartoon for radio.

20020713

Ian Mcmillan presents a showcase of new writing from the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield, including a look at Yorkshire dialect.

20020921

Ian Mcmillan returns with the weekly showcase of new writing, performance and global literature.

Including an essay by Jan Morris, and William Fiennes discussing travel writing.

20020928

Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the programme recorded at this year's Edinburgh Festival.

20021005

Ian Mcmillan presents a weekly showcase of new writing, performance and global literature.

20021012

Graham Swift reads from his work in progress; a dictionary of Polari and gay slang reviewed; plus the performance poetry scene in Amsterdam.

20021019

Ian Mcmillan is at the Birmingham Book Festival for this edition of the literary magazine with guests Jim Crace and poet Roi Kwabena and a short drama from Naylah Ahmed.

20021102

Ian Mcmillan presents an edition of the literary magazine recorded at the Belfast Festival.

Featuring new work from Belfast writer Tara West, and another instalment of the Keaniad.

20021109

The magazine about language, including Michael Ondaatjie on Canadian literature; the task of the editor; Brooklyn writer Toure; poetry from Stockholm; and made-up languages.

20021116

Ian Mcmillan explores the literary genre of the epic, with Christopher Logue, who talks about Homer, and Derrek Hines on the Babylonian epic Gilgamesh and other epics.

20021130

Featuring Alice Oswald reading sonnets about the audience and a discussion exploring the language of authority.

20021207

Ian Mcmillan explores language, including a story by Nigerian Helon Habila, the University of East Anglia's creative writing course, and poet and storyteller Rosemary Harris.

20021214

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, including a specially commissioned Nativity story, a writing competition and and a feature on Christmas songs.

20030104

Ian Mcmillan recalls some of the new work commissioned by the programme since it began in April 2002, plus a new poem by Michael Symmons Roberts marking the visit of the Magi.

20030118

Ian Mcmillan presents the magazine about language and meets thriller writer Andrew Miller.

He also has news of The Verb's latest competition and talks to novelist Fred D'Aguiar.

20030125

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, including Rose Tremain reading from her latest novel plus a new story by Anne Donovan

20030201

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language and talks to novelist Magnus Mills and poet Katrina Porteous, whose commissions are featured in the programme.

20030208

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

Featuring an imaginary phone conversation between two schoolgirls and a world-weary God from Glasgow writer Anne Donovan

20030215

Ian Mcmillan explores protest writing with poet laureate Andrew Motion and Robert Wyatt.

Plus Longshore Drift, a poem by Matrina Porteous.

20030222

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, including a specially commissioned piece commemorating the writer W G Sebald penned by his former student Sarah Miano.

20030301

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, featuring a new art form combining film and poetry, plus the literature of asylum seekers.

20030315

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, featuring a specially commissioned fable about an obsessive carpenter from American writer J Robert Lennon, who explains how the occupations of his characters shape their lives and language.

Plus an exploration of the King James Bible with McMillan and guest Adam Nicholson.

How is that particular translation shaped by the fact that it was written by a gaggle of clerics and not a single author?

20030322

On tonight's showcase of writing, performance and language Ian Mcmillan considers the language of branding.

How are words and stories being used by 'verbal identity directors' to persuade us to buy in the global marketplace? Plus, performance in the studio from some of the new voices on the spoken word circuit.

20030329

For thirty years Verbatim, The Language Quarterly, has been publishing essays about the byways of English, from the roots of medieval words to the components of football chants.

At last a collection of its essays has been published and in this week's showcase of new writing, language and performance Ian Mcmillan luxuriates in this linguistic jacuzzi along with the editor and some contributors.

To counter the obsession with writing by the youthful, The Verb proudly presents the greatest living writer in Wales, Emyr Humphreys, author of twenty novels and several collections of short stories and poetry.

Now in his eighties, his writing is as vigorous as ever and his latest book, Old People Are A Problem, is absolutely contemporary, dealing with asylum-seeking, cultural and political nationalism and environmental protest.

Ian Mcmillan talks to Humphreys, who reads his most recent story.

20030405

For weeks The Verb's listeners have been sending in tantalising snippets of found language.

For the first time James Flint reads the long awaited interactive story that he has fashioned from them.

And bloody butchers, green beasts and Dovey bumbles, Ian Mcmillan rises to the beautiful, brutal poetry of fishing flies.

20030412

In the showcase of new writing, language and performance Ian Mcmillan meets novelist Richard Flanagan, who recently travelled from Tasmania to receive from the Queen the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

He enjoyed the irony of this as 200 years ago his ancestors traveled to Tasmania, courtesy of one of the Queen's ancestors, who had them transported.

Flanagan reads Out Of A Wild Sea, a story he has just finished, and Ian investigates the language of dance: plié, arabesque and cha-cha-cha.

What do they mean, and where do they come from?

20030419

Ian Mcmillan presents the showcase of new writing, performance and language recorded before an audience at the new National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

With his guests he charts the extraordinary way the language of the sea and ships influences how we talk, and conducts a master-class in nautical speech.

There's a specially written drama by the young Cornish playwright Carl Grose, performed by members of Kneehigh Theatre.

It's set on the seabed and stars two crabs and Neptune.

The travel writer and novelist Philip Marsden, from St Mawes, considers the importance and poetry of names of places: rocks, bays, even buoys in his new piece, also commissioned by The Verb.

And Ian Mcmillan browses through the Bartlett Library, on of Europe's most important collections of maritime books and papers, now berthed at the museum.

20030426

Ian Mcmillan presents the language, literature and performance show.

This week, the building blocks of all writing: letters.

From calligraphy to typefaces, via cursive scripts, ligatures and illumination, Ian goes in search of the character of characters with Edward Docx, whose first novel The Calligrapher combines an obsession with John Donne with a tour of the letter writer's art.

And what's in a name? How did you get your name? How has it affected you? Have you a secret name? Why do you hide it? Ian Mcmillan investigates.

20030503

Sacred Poetry, Music, Tragedy and Comedy each have their own muse, and so does Astronomy.

This week, Ian Mcmillan meets the muses, the nine children of Zeus and Mnemosyne (Memory) and considers the case for a tenth.

Who would she be, and what would she inspire? And a new poem from Polly Clark, and an examination of the newspaper column: apogee of a writer's art, or nadir of lazy journalism?

20030510

As an Iranian child Marjane Satrapi witnessed the overthrow of the Shah, the Islamic Revolution and the war with Iraq.

She turned her story into a beautiful and gripping graphic novel, Persepolis, which runs weekly in the French press and has just been translated into English.

She talks to Ian Mcmillan about turning a tumultuous life into a cartoon.

Plus a new commission for the programme by playwright David Greig

20030517

Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's showcase of words, language and performance, including new writing from the American Poet Laureate Billy Collins

20030524

Ian Mcmillan hosts the weekly showcase of new writing, language and performance, with songs from Clive James and Pete Atkin, a bank holiday road-movie for caravans and a view of Russian literature through the word signifying the dangerousness of people who eat caviar: Azart.

20030531

Ian Mcmillan presents original poetry by Adam Thorpe, the final part of Peter Blegvad 's current cartoon series and the result of The Verb's 'Tom Swift' competition.

20030614

Ian Mcmillan presents the showcase of new writing, language and performance from Gartree High School in Leicestershire, featuring novelist Bali Rai reading his work in progress, Rani and Sukh, a Romeo and Juliet tale of feuding Punjabi families in Oadby, the schools neighbourhood.

There's new poetry from Mario Petrucci and music from Jim Moray who makes age-old English traditional song absolutely modern.

As well as a piece by the students themselves, Ian Mcmillan delves into their language - finding out about the English spoken by 14 year olds in multi-ethnic Leicestershire.

20030621

Ian Mcmillan presents the showcase of new writing, language and performance.

This week, as part of the Architecture on 3 season, there's a new story written for a building, and an investigation of how words and texts are used in architectural design.

Ian also meets the Hollywood screenwriter William C Martell, author of The Secrets Of Action Screenwriting.

20030628

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

Including a new radio play by Welsh writer Niall Griffiths, whose novels include Sheepshagger and Stump.

20030920

Radio 3's cabaret of writing, language and performance roars into a new season with a brand new work from the internationally acclaimed playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker.

Presented by Ian Mcmillan

20030927

Ian Mcmillan presents the series about language.

Geoff Dyer presents a spoof biography of Jackson Pollock, and there's a new short story by Edward Upward, who is 100 this month.

20031004

Ian Mcmillan presents the magazine about language.

Features new work from Japanese author Haruki Murakami and from 70s singer Wreckless Eric.

Plus new writers Dave Eggers and McSweeneys.

20031011

Ian Mcmillan hosts a special edition of Radio 3's cabaret of the word, recorded at this year's Cheltenham Festival of Literature.

New writing, explosive performance and Cheltenham based language, with Philip Pullman, Peter Blegvad - and showcasing new writing from Ken Campbell and Owen Sheers

20031018

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

Featuring a specially written drama by Tella Feehily, whose play, Duck, opens at the Royal Court on 26th November.

20031025

Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

This week there's new work by Paul Abbott, the writer behind acclaimed TV dramas such as Clocking Off and State Of Play, who returns to writing for radio with his new mini-drama, The Crescent, written for The Verb.

20031101

Ian Mcmillan brings The Verb to the edge of England with a programme from the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival.

There's a new piece with a coastline theme written for the programme by Paul Farley, winner of last year's Whitbread Poetry Award, plus readings and performance from other leading poets at the festival.

20031115

Ian MacMillan presents BBC Radio 3's celebration of language and performance.

This week the programme will be hearing from the man described as America's most challenging poet, CK Williams.

He'll be reading from his new book The Singing, his first since the Pulitzer prize winning collection, Repair.

There'll also be an audio cartoon about milk from the inimitable Peter Blegvad and as the king of the ghazal, Jagjit Singh, returns to Britain to perform at the Royal Festival Hall, Ian will be exploring this uniquely Indian fusion of poetry and song.

20031129

Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's showcase of new writing and language, with explosive performance from Ken Campbell in the first of his new series of dramatic monologues written especially for The Verb.

And an audio diary from Susan Elderkin, winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, who shares her intimate thoughts on her journey across China as part of the British Council Writer's Train.

20031213

Ian Mcmillan serves up another helping of Radio 3's language goulash.

This week the programme features a specially commissioned story from the poet and novelist Tobias Hill, inspired by his recent travels in Mexico, and the inimitable Ken Campbell lets his imagination run away with him in another of his performance pieces composed for The Verb.

20031220

Ian Mcmillan returns from the kingdom of Dictionopolis carrying a freshly minted edition of Radio 3's word fest.

Tonight, get your fridge magnets at the ready as The Verb's Christmas Writing Competition is launched, and prepare yourself for another shower of sentences from that stalwart of British theatre, Ken Campbell

20040110

Ian Mcmillan comes up from the language mine bearing a sack full of shiny words.

This week a specially commissioned story from the award-winning writer Sherman Alexie, whose stories about Native American lives charm and pierce with a force that overturns all the many stereotypes of these original inhabitants of America.

And too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story - The Verb finds out if there's more to a novella than size.

20040117

This week Ian explores the noble art of the essay, with some of its greatest proponents.

Listen out for the results of The Verb's Christmas writing competition - Mario Petrucci reads the winning fridge magnet poem.

20040124

This week Ian explores the noble art of the essay, with some of its greatest proponents.

And listen out for the results of The Verb's Christmas writing competition - Mario Petrucci reads the winning Fridge magnet poem.

20040131

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

20040221

Almost every exhibition now presses an audio-guide on the visitor.

These are sometimes more absorbing than the exhibits.

So for Radio 3's showcase of new writing and performance Ian Mcmillan challenged Charles Palliser, best-selling author of The Quincunx, to write a radio play in the form of one of these smooth-voiced squires.

Palliser, famous for his brilliant plotting and Gothic imagination, has responded with a tale of intrigue and murder.

Ian is joined too by riddling storyteller Daniel Morden, and Peter Blegvad returns with the first of his new eartoons.

20040228

In the cabaret of language this week MC Ian Mcmillan introduces the American writer Richard Powers, author of the acclaimed novel The Time of Our Singing.

For The Verb he has written something between a meditation and a short story, prompted by the beguiling promise language of spam emails.

Tom Robinson performs a new song formed of found language - and found music, too.

There's another eartoon from Peter Blegvad, and it's the grand finale of the Overheards competition, in which listeners have deluged the programme with works of art they have wrought from snippets of overheard conversation.

20040306

Ian Mcmillan presents the language and literature show.

This week, a new performance from Jean Binta Breeze and a look at Come Out Eli, a play which uses transcripts of interviews with witnesses to tell the story of a London siege.

20040313

Ian Mcmillan presents the showcase of new writing, performance and language, with a new short story for radio by Mia Couto, Mozambique's best-known writer.

Mark Abley, author of 'Spoken Here -Travels Among Threatened Languages' has gone around the world listening to languages spoken by tiny groups.

He reports not on their precarious state, but on their extraordinary richness.

For example, the Boro language in India has a verb which means 'to create a pinching sensation in the armpit'.

And Ned Thomas, expert on the minority languages of Europe, makes sense of the tangled relationship of power, politics, land and language.

20040320

The poet and playwright Liz Lochhead introduces a commissioned piece for radio inspired by park benches and the conversations had on them, and the chanteuse Sarah Jane Morris performs some brand new songs in the studio, and reflects on why her rendition of 'Me and Mrs Jones' sometimes causes consternation in the audience.

20040327

Who said - " Sex without love is an empty gesture but as empty gestures go its one of the best"? Or Wisdom and beauty form a very rare combination? Ian Mcmillan explores the wonderful world of the aphorism.

Also, hi-octane performance from poet Attila the Stockbroker.

20040410

In a springtime programme devoted to the natural world Elspeth Barker responds to nature crossing her threshold and invading her house.

Ian Mcmillan takes a nature walk with William Fiennes, author of The Snow Geese and Richard Mabey writes about writing about nature.

20040417

Matthew Kneale, author of the wonderful historical novels Sweet Thames and English Passengers, reads a new story commissioned by The Verb.

Ian Mcmillan is joined too by Mario Petrucci, who performs part of Heavy Water, a remarkable long poem drawn from the accounts of survivors of the Chernobyl disaster which happened eighteen years ago - the time it takes a person to reach adulthood - this month.

20040501

Ian Mcmillan meets the stage director, designer, singer, actress and cellist all rehearsing the Staying Alive Tour, making a controversial anthology into a theatrical event.

Meanwhile, Michelene Wandor returns from the world's biggest conference of creative writers with the new piece of creative writing it inspired.

20040508

Jeffrey Eugenides, acclaimed author of The Virgin Suicides and Middlesex, talks to Ian Mcmillan and reads an exclusive extract from his next book.

Plusan examination of one of the great feats of translation: the translator of Sebald and Zweig on the challenge of Asterix.

20040515

Z Z Packer is a young American writer whose first collection of short stories, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere, has garnered transatlantic acclaim.

She talks to Ian Mcmillan and reads a new piece set in the Atlanta of her childhood.

And with a new novel, biography and film of his life pending, The Verb goes in search of Christopher Marlowe, inventor of the 'mighty line': blank verse drama.

20040522
20040529

James Wood joins Ian Mcmillan to talk about the art and craft of literary judgement, plus performances of new work from Malawian poet Jack Mapanje and Sudanese poet Hafez Kheir.

20040605
20040619
20040626

As the Olympic flame arrives in London, Ian Mcmillan presents a new series of commissions in which contemporary writers look again at the Greek myths.

The first is a short story by Panos Karnezis, author of the acclaimed collection 'Little Infamies' and the novel 'The Maze.' His story is based on the myth of Arachne, a supremely gifted weaver who dared challenge the goddess Minerva to a contest.

Also featuring new work from Ken Campbell, and a feature on the great Pablo Neruda.

20040703

Ian Mcmillan presents the second in a series of new commissions in which contemporary writers look again at the Greek myths.

This week, playwright Colin Teevan with an extraordinary monologue based on the story of Medea.

Teevan's Medea is a man betrayed by his wife, and his revenge is quite as terrible as Euripides' original.

Also featuring new work from Ken Campbell, and a profile of the nineteenth century Dorset poet William Barnes, currently being championed by Christopher Ricks.

20040710

Ian Mcmillan presents the third in a series of new commissions in which contemporary writers look again at the Greek myths.

This week, poet Ruth Padel reads a gripping short story based on the myth of Deianeira and the death of Heracles, who perished in agony after putting on a poisoned cloak, a gift from a woman who loved him.

Also featuring a new piece by Ken Campbell

20040716

Ian Mcmillan presents the last in a series of new commissions in which contemporary writers look again at the Greek myths.

And, fifty years after it was written, Ian celebrates Philip Larkin's poem Churchgoing.

Also featuring a new piece by Ken Campbell

20040717

Ian Mcmillan presents the last in a series of new commissions in which contemporary writers look again at the Greek myths.

And, fifty years after it was written, Ian celebrates Philip Larkin's poem Churchgoing.

Also featuring a new piece by Ken Campbell

20040724

Ian Mcmillan presents a special programme showcasing the best of The Verb's specially commissioned writing for radio.

Including outstanding work from Richard Powers, Paul Abbott and Elspeth Barker.

20040918

Ian Mcmillan's guests are Booker Prize winning novelist Yann Martel and writer and singer Nick Cave.

20040925
20041002

Ian Mcmillan with more late night word cabaret: newly commissioned writing, hi-octane performance, and the best in world literature.

20041009
20041016

This week he explores the perplexing subject of spelling - its history, uses and misuses - with the help of Linguistics professor Vivan Cook, author of Accomodating Brocolli in the Cemetary.

Plus, the singer Barb Jungr will be performing a specially commissioned song about spelling, and there'll be a chance to hear a new radio drama from the acclaimed Irish writer Ronan Bennett.

20041023
20041030

Margaret Atwood and Robert Bringhurst talk to Ian MacMillan about the Classical Hyda Mythtellers, the native American stories which Atwood describes as 'An American Iliad'.

20041106

This week's guest is the acclaimed Irish writer Ronan Bennett.

20041113

This week there'll be a chance to hear the acclaimed Scottish writer AL Kennedy, who explores her own fear of flying in a letter specially commissioned for The Verb.

20041120

Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of Radio 3's cabaret of new writing, language and performance from the London Jazz Festival - with a jazz theme, star names from the world of writing and music, and the best in word-based improvisation.

20041127

Ian Mcmillan presents the late-night showcase of new writing and performance.

Acclaimed Scottish writer AL Kennedy describes her fear of flying in a specially commissioned letter.

20041204

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

20041211
20050108

Ian Mcmillan introduces a new series for The Verb in which the Tom Paulin explores the Secret Life of the Poem.

Over the next four weeks he will be looking behind the stanzas of seemingly familiar poetry and revealing the hidden histories and meanings behind them, beginning today with He Fumbles At Your Soul by Emily Dickinson.

Ian will also be marking the 40th anniversary of the death of T S Eliot with a reassessment of his reputation as a dramatist.

20050115

Tom Paulin continues his series the Secret Life of the Poem with Robert Browning's Meeting at Night, and audio cartoonist Peter Blegvad returns.

20050122

Ian Mcmillan is joined by the poet Julia Darling, who has written a new story about sickness and waiting.

Tom Paulin reveals the secrets of Seamus Heaney, and award winning 'eartoonist' Peter Blegvad returns.

20050129

Tom Paulin concludes his series the Secret Life of the Poem and award winning audio cartoonist Peter Blegvad is in the studio.

20050205
20050212

Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition featuring writers Ali Smith and Paul Bailey in a dialogue about dialogue.

20050219

As the daffodils begin to appear, poet Paul Farley gives a modern answer to Wordsworth's classic verses.

20050226

Ian Mcmillan sneaks a preview of an exclusive extract from David Peace's next novel, The Damned United, which dramatises scenes from the life of the legendary footballer and manager Brian Clough, and Ken Campbell begins a new series of commissioned monologues.

20050305

Ian Mcmillan presents a special programme recorded at the Hayward Gallery, celebrating African writing and performance.

Ngugi Wa Thiong'O reads from his next novel, Jackie Kay performs new poetry and the Daara J trio showcase the best in Senegalese hip hop.

20050312

With new work from cult Israeli writer Etgar Keret, and a commissioned drama about intrusive documentary-making from playwright Steve Waters.

20050319

Whitbread prize-winning poet Michael Symmons Roberts performs a new commission inspired by the Book of Psalms, and Ian hears the first in a series of new versions of the parables as novelist Sarah Hall rewrites the parable of the lost sheep.

20050326

This edition features new poetry from John Burnside and a commissioned parable from acclaimed Pakistani novelist Kamlia Shamsie.

20050409

Ian Mcmillan presents the literature and performance programme, featuring a new short story from acclaimed Irish playwright Billy Roche and performance from Ken Campbell

20050416
20050430

Ian Mcmillan presents the literature and performance show, with new work from Chimamanda Adichie and Philip Hensher, with a close-reading of David Hughes classic novel The Pork Butcher.

20050514

There's a special commission from Chris Cleave, author of Incendiary, a new novel which imagines

Britain in the aftermath of a terrorist attack.

Chris's commission looks at how language reacts to moments of crisis.

Also on the show, a new eartoon from Peter Blegvad

20050521

Ian Mcmillan talks to the acclaimed author Barry Hines, author of A Kestrel for a Knave (later filmed as Kes), about his four decade career as novelist, playwright and screen writer.

There's also be a chance to hear another instalment from the Verb's very own eartoonist, Peter Blegvad, and the award-winning travel writer Alexander Frater traces the evolution of travel writing over the past century.

20050528

The acclaimed American author Joyce Carol Oates discusses the faith of the writer; plus, a specially commissioned piece by renowned novelist Derek Beavan, and another instalment from The Verb's award-winning eartoonist Peter Blegvad

20050604

Ian Mcmillan presents the writing and performance programme from the Hay Literary Festival.

He is joined by the acclaimed American music critic Greil Marcus to discuss his new book on Bob Dylan's classic, Like a Rolling Stone.

The Verb's award-winning eartoonist Peter Blegvad will also be on the panel, alongside other stars from the festival.

20050611

Ian Mcmillan presents the writing and performance programme.

This week's poet, Nii Parkes, launches his Verb guide to great African writers; plus, Alex Butterworth on graffiti in the ancient world, and poet Wendy Cope judges the villanelle competition.

20050618

Featuring a specially commissioned piece from acclaimed new writer Diana Evans; poet Nii Parkes continues his guide to great African authors and Canadian poet Jen Hadfield reads a new road poem, composed especially for The Verb.

20050625

Ian Mcmillan presents the writing and performance programme.

This edition features a special commission from writer Adam Thorpe which pays homage to Baudelaire's classic, Les Fleurs du Mal, which is 100 years old this year.

And poet Nii Parkes continues his guide to great African writers.

20050702

Nii Parkes concludes his guide to great African writers and the Malawian poet Jack Mapange reads from new work.

20050709

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of new writing, poetry and performance in the last programme before the Proms season.

This week, Radio 3's African writer-in-residence Rommi Smith reads from new work and the winner of the Beethoven competition is announced.

20050917

Ian Mcmillan returns with a new series of the weekly cabaret of new writing, poetry and performance.

Travel writer Alexander Frater contemplates the darker side of the monsoon in a special commission; novelist Kitty Fitzgerald discusses her startling debut Pigtopia, and there's an arresting performance from the UK's first ever poetry boy band, Aisle 16.

20050924

Ian Mcmillan looks back at four decades of the Poetry Olympics with its founder Michael Horovitz.

Plus the latest from one of Latin America's biggest poetry festivals taking place in Argentina.

20051001

Including the first in a new series of performances from Rommi Smith, Radio 3's writer in residence for the Africa season.

20051008

It's a translation special, featuring Somaliland's leading poet, Gaarriye, and an exploration of children's literature in translation.

20051015

There's a mesmerising performance from Klezmer musician Geoff Berner, and another instalment of Rommi Smith's series of poems based on memories of Africa.

20051022

Lost Consonants author Graham Rawle talks about his latest novel, a cut/paste homage to 1950s women's magazines.

Plus a performance from Aisle 16, the UK's first poetry boy band.

With Ian Mcmillan

20051105

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

With a specially commissioned poem about dark places for Guy Fawkes Night, and a discussion about the new literary phenomenon of fan fiction.

20051112

Ian Mcmillan marks ten years since the death of Nigerian writer Ken Saro-Wiwa, and Peter Blegvad returns with another series of his award winning 'eartoons'.

20051119

Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the show from the London Jazz Festival.

Guests include pianist Gareth Williams and acclaimed jazz vocalist Norma Winstone.

Plus Verb regulars Peter Blegvad and Salena Godden.

20051126

Another instalment from resident eartoonist Peter Blegvad, and an alternative view of American Thanksgiving in a piece from Native American novelist Susan Power.

With Paul Farley

20051203

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of new writing, poetry and performance.

Acclaimed Chinese-American novelist Amy Tan talks about her latest book Saving Fish From Drowning, and Poet Laureate Andrew Motion tells of the launch of the national poetry archive.

20051210

This edition features another instalment from The Verb's award-winning eartoonist, Peter Blegvad

20051231

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

20060107

Second of two programmes in which Ian MacMillan looks back over the best writing and performances broadcast by The Verb in the past twelve months.

20060114
20060121
20060128

Stig Dalager, one of Denmark's greatest living writers, has just had his first novel published in English.

It's been heralded as a masterpiece, and is a fictional account of the complex life and loves of another Danish master storyteller - Hans Christian Andersen.

Ian Mcmillan talks to Stig in his first British interview.

20060204

Play detective with Ian Mcmillan when writer Val McDermid uncovers the secret of The Grave Tattoo, and reveals that the poet William Wordsworth and Fletcher Christian were childhood buddies.

Plus, in the last of the series on South East Asian writers, Tash Aw talks about Korea's greatest living writer, the novelist Hwang Sok-yong and his novel The Guest.

20060211

Ian Mcmillan hears from Will Self, who reads from his forthcoming novel featuring a disgruntled East End taxi driver; and Peter Blegvad uncovers the secret lives of books.

20060218

Joolz Denby jumps onto her shark biscuit to deliver a dark tale of dangerous infatuation in the surfing village of Polwenna.

And the latest in the topical tight turn-around written pieces adds another grain of unpredictability to Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of the written and spoken word.

20060225

Booker prize winner DBC Pierre talks to Ian Mcmillan.

Also featuring performance poet Shamshad Khan and children's author Maurice Gleitzman.

20060304

Howard Jacobson gives Ian Mcmillan a sneak preview of his novel, Kalooki Nights.

Plus, David Harsent and Michael Symonds discuss why poets are turning to writing crime novels.

20060325

The first two pages of a novel can sell it - or kill it.

Ian Mcmillan launches a competition that could win you a place on an Arvon's first-time novelists course, run by acclaimed writers Sarah Waters and Tim Lott.

Plus, the world of Suzanne Andrade has been described as suburban gothic.

She puts to words and music a forbidding and surreal world.

20060401

To celebrate the centenary of Samuel Beckett's birth, Hollywood director Anthony Minghella joins Ian MacMillan to present a specially commissioned play he has written for The Verb.

Leading lady and long time Beckett muse, Billie Whitelaw, shares her unique and intimate insight into the mind of the playwright and his work, reminiscing on her 25 years as his close artistic collaborator.

20060408

The spotlight is on award winning playwright Kay Adshead's Of the End, her new radio play inspired by Samuel Beckett.

Plus a celebration of the bard of Orkney, storyteller and poet George McKay Brown.

20060415

The last in the series of special Samuel Beckett commissions.

20060422

The body of a boy is washed up on a beach.

Was it a fishing accident? Or was it murder? What unfolds is a haunting short story especially commissioned for The Verb in which the Nigerian born writer Segun Afolabi explores the role of blame in our societies today.

He will also talk about the art of the short story with Ian Mcmillan and guests.

20060429

How can running a marathon across the Sahara desert or winning the Antarctic marathon in minus 30 degrees help Booker-nominated Michael Collins write?

He talks to Ian Mcmillan about the power of endurance and whether battling against the elements is comparable with the battle of the imagination against the blank page.

20060506

To mark the 150th birthday of Sigmund Freud, novelist Jenny Diski looks at the impact he had on writers and writing.

Presented by Ian Mcmillan

20060520

Insects may be seen as pests but they have influenced and shaped our language as well as our literature.

Pest expert Bridget Nicolls and pest musician Mira Calix prove this to Ian Mcmillan in surprising ways.

And Orange prize winner Kate Grenville reads a specially commissioned short story.

20060527

An audio spectacular awaits as Ian Mcmillan and guests attend this year's Hay Literary Festival.

20060603

Ian Mcmillan uncovers The Meaning of Night, the title of Michael Cox's Victorian novel which is tipped to be the bestseller of the autumn.

20060610

Ian Mcmillan challenges novelist Maggie Gee to turn her hand to thriller writing.

Plus, an interview with poet Michael Tomlinson.

20060617
20060624

Ian Mcmillan and guests debate the changing language of the Book of Common Prayer.

The Revd Peter Mullan and Very Revd Colin Slee join Ian to explore how the meaning, power and use of language contained within the foundational prayer book of the Church of England has been affected by re-versioning down the ages.

Linked to the following programme, Between the Ears.

20060701

Sukhdev Sandhu takes us on another of his literary nocturnal journeys - deep into the underground world of sewers.

20060708

John Betjeman is still remembered as one of Britain's best loved poets.

Ian Mcmillan celebrates his life and legacy in words in the company of people who knew him.

The Verb celebrations start in Britten's beloved Cornwall - in a year which marks the centenary of his birth.

20060923

The poet laureate Andrew Motion talks to Ian Mcmillan about how his childhood ending in a day led to In the Blood, his memoir of post-war England.

Plus, performance poet Rhian Edwards kicks off her shoes to revel in the joys and perils of dance - in words.

20060930

Ian Mcmillan hosts as writer Vanora Bennett talks about the Bible's very first translation into English; and there's a beguiling performance from public art poet Ira Lightman.

20061007

British Bengali writer Tahmima Anam continues her Guide to Great Bengali writing, plus language professor David Crystal explores the world of the proverb.

With Ian Mcmillan

20061014

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language, featuring work by resident eartoonist Peter Blegvad

20061021
20061104

Free Thinking: Festival of Ideas for the Future

Ian Mcmillan presents a special live edition of the weekly language and literature cabaret from BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival in Liverpool.

The programme features specially commissioned writing on some of the themes in the festival from poet Levi Tafari, eartoonist Peter Blegvad and writer Lizzie Nunnery.

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20061125

This programme focuses on cautionary tales and features Chris Addison, author of a new book of cautionary tales for grown-ups.

Resident eartoonist Peter Blegvad turns his attention to our fascination with tales which warn us of danger.

20061209

Guest is poet Fiona Sampson, who explores the allure of the quartet, both literary and musical, in a piece specially written for the programme.

20061216

Studio guest is novelist Benjamin Markovits, author of a specially commissioned Christmas children's story.

Plus an interview with the acclaimed poet Alan Brownjohn as he looks back at his life and work.

20070106

He looks back on the best moments from the programme during 2006.

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Guests Stuart Maconie and Iain Sinclair debate the literary north-south divide and folk singer Kathryn Williams pays tribute to the poet Stevie Smith.

20070203

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

Louise Welsh brings a thriller writer's perspective to a specially commissioned piece about the sinister night life in a large factory in Edinburgh.

Daljit Nagra, bard of Dollis Hill, talks to Ian about his collection Look We Have Coming To Dover.

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He is joined by Booker-nominated novelist MJ Hyland, who shares an exclusive extract from her forthcoming third novel.

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He is joined by Peter Cole, author of a book about the astonishing flowering of Hebrew poetry in medieval Spain at a time of Muslim and Christian domination.

20070323

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

As natural gold runs out in Wales, poet Gillian Clarke delivers an ode commissioned in remembrance of Welsh gold mining.

20070330

Bestselling thriller writer Jed Rubenfeld discusses the allure of Hamlet and there is another instalment of the guide to great Scandinavian writing.

20070406

This week a specially commissioned piece celebrating The Verb's fifth birthday.

Plus, to mark Good Friday, an exclusive interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, on his poetic career.

20070420

This week, the second in Elena Lappin's three part series following the adventures of the spam writer Marty Himmelfarb.

Plus, poet Kapka Kassabova discusses her new collection, Geography for the Lost.

20070427

Featuring the new wave of Australian anti-pastoral writing with novelist Richard Flanagan, Malaysian author Tan Twan Eng and an arresting performance from Michael McGill.

20070504

An edition devoted to the future of science fiction writing.

Featuring a sci-fi eartoon from Peter Blegvad and a new drama from Ira Lightman.

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This week, poet and novelist Adam Thorpe discusses the relationship between his two crafts.

Plus debut author Steven Hall on the post-modern acrobatics in his novel The Raw Shark Texts.

20070525

Ian Mcmillan presents an edition of the weekly language cabaret in front of a live audience at the Hay Literary Festival.

Joining him are actor and writer Ken Campbell and the School of Night poets, who will be delivering some poetic wizardy, including instant sonnets.

Ian talks to award-winning eartoonist Peter Blegvad and Welsh Chinese writer Peter Ho Davies.

20070601

Ian Mcmillan explores the language of international management with Kenyan management consultant turned short story writer Ken Kamoche.

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Ian McMillan hosts a live edition of The Verb from the newly refurbished BBC Radio Theatre in London.

There'll be thrills, spills, Hawaiian shirts, flip flops and wordy fireworks.

Guests include acclaimed Irish playwright Colin Teevan with a new dramatic take on A Midsummer Night's Dream, a brand new Verb commission from Mancunian songster Liam Frost, Malawian poet Jack Mapanje, and The Verb's Sony award-winning audio cartoonist Peter Blegvad

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Radio 3's cabaret of the word returns from its summer holidays.

Ian McMillan talks to the man Ian Rankin claims is the future of crime fiction, that's David Peace, author of GB84, The Damned Utd and Tokyo Year Zero.

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20070928

Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language and literature live from the Broadcasting House Radio Theatre, London.

Joining him on stage is a top line-up of writers, performers and singers, including poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and Robert Vanderplank, academic expert in global invective and insults.

20071005

In this programme, Ian and guests ask if there is such a thing as northern and southern poetry, and discover the neglected work of American writer Bernard Malamud, who for many once stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Saul Bellow and Philip Roth.

20071012

His guests include Malorie Blackman, best known for her books for young adults.

20071019

Ian Mcmillan hosts the weekly language and literature cabaret with his usual mixture of high-octane guests and the best of new writing.

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Ian Mcmillan with his weekly celebration of poetry and new writing, including a performance from writer, director and actor Ken Campbell

20071102

Including a specially commissioned poem about China's Terracotta Army.

Folk group Rachel Unthank and the Winterset join Ian in the studio.

20071116

A special edition of The Verb recorded at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival in Liverpool.

Ian McMillan is joined by local poets Eleanor Rees and Paul Farley who try to define 'Free Verse' and explore the influence of Roger McGough, Brian Patten and Adrian Henri, whose anthology The Mersey Sound was published 40 years ago.

Plus a new play from acclaimed young dramatist Lizzie Nunnery, and a Free Thinking eartoon from Peter Blegvad

20071123

Ian McMillan talks to award-winning Norwegian poet Hanne Bramness and is joined by writers who have collaborated on a special poem to mark the 450th anniversary of the Equals sign.

20071130

In a special live edition of The Verb, Ian McMillan is joined by novelist Toby Litt who has been taking on some writing challenges for the show.

Plus a special performance from folk legends Ashley Hutchings, founder of Fairport Convention and The Albion Band, and guitarist Ken Nichol.

20071207

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

20071214
20071221

Ian Mcmillan presents a special midwinter edition of Radio 3's showcase for new writing and spoken performance.

Featuring a specially commissioned ghost story, poetic ruminations on ice skating and a discussion of the literary expressions of some of the harshest winter environments in the world.

20080201

In a special live edition of The Verb, Ian Mcmillan is joined on stage by singer and songwriter Devon Sproule.

20080229

Ian Mcmillan talks to young writer Junot Diaz, who is taking the American literary scene by storm and who has written a new story specially for the programme.

Plus a performance from poet and spoken word artist George Pringle.

20080509

Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language, featuring Get Cape.

Wear Cape.

Fly.

alias singer and songwriter Sam Duckworth.

His opinionated lyrics have led to comparisons with Billy Bragg and he joins Ian to talk about his work and perform songs from his new album.

20080516

Ian Mcmillan is joined on Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language, poetry and performance by Peter Blegvad who creates one of his aural cartoons - or 'eartoons' - for the show.

Also on the programme are singer-songwriter Joan As Police Woman and new poetry from Will Eaves.

20080606

Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language.

20080620

Ian Mcmillan talks to poet Nathaniel Tarn, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year with three new books.

Plus linguist Mark Abley on how new words are being created around the world and are transcending national boundaries, and a new story from young novelist Nicholas Hogg

20080627

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language and investigates Chinese literature, its traditions and how they are echoed in contemporary poetry and prose.

Part of Radio 3's Focus on China season.

20080704

In a live edition of Radio 3's weekly cabaret of poetry, language and performance, Ian Mcmillan is joined on stage at the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House by Poems in Between People, a group of young performance poets.

20080711

Ian Mcmillan is joined by poet Peter Porter to discuss the work of Nobel Literary Laureate, Australian author Patrick White.

Also featuring singer songwriter Thea Gilmore, and a new story from novelist Bethan Roberts.

20080919

Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of performance and new writing.

Alan Brownjohn and Peter Wilkinson discuss why Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard has been translated into Latin by so many people, including a Lord Chief Justice, a cricketer and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Plus the programme's language spy Toby Litt reporting back on strange words and phrases he has overheard in the past week, novelist Niven Govinden with a new short story as well as a look back at the work of writer and actor Ken Campbell

20081003

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

His guests include Paul Farley, who has written a series of poems about work for National Poetry Day, and Doctor Who writer Rob Shearman, who has a new short story written specially for the programme.

20081010

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

Featuring beatboxer Shlomo, artist in residence at London's Southbank Centre, and a reflection on the sweet tooth of her Scottish homeland by novelist Janice Galloway, author of Clara and the recent memoir This Is Not about Me.

20081017

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

Featuring poet Michael Symmonds Roberts and award-winning 'eartoonist' Peter Blegvad

20081024

Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of language features writer Tony Marchant, winner of a Bafta award for his TV drama The Mark of Cain, on his new play about abortion, 24 Weeks, written specially for Radio 3's Free Thinking festival.

Plus noted indigenous Australian poet and author Anita Heiss in a rare British interview, folk singer and song collector Sam Lee and a new commission from Forward Prize-nominated poet Simon Barraclough.

20081107

As part of Radio 3's Free Thinking festival, Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the show from Liverpool's Bluecoat Gallery.

With writer and comedian Alexei Sayle discussin his new novel Mister Roberts, Free Thinking's Writer in Residence Angie Clarke, plus a brand-new 'eartoon' from Sony Award-winning musician and cartoonist Peter Blegvad

20081114

Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of language includes Clive James discussing his new collection of poetry, Angels over Elsinore, French writer and former Reith lecturer Jacques Darras, plus performance poet Zena Edwards

20081121

Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of language includes poet Lemn Sissay with his new collection, Listener and a chat with leading Norwegian writers as they arrive in Britain for Scene Norway, a celebration of Norwegian writing and musical talent.

Plus a performance from poet Polar Bear.

20081128

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language live from the Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, with a line-up including A S Byatt and novelist Alison Macleod, who read brand new tales of the uncanny, and public art poet Ira Lightman performing an audacious experiment in sound and text.

Plus The Verb's Language Spy Toby Litt, who has been paying close attention to what is written on peoples' t-shirts, discussing what it tells us about them, and cutting edge music and song from Iranian-Welsh electro sensation Roshi.

20081212

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language, with guests including Anthony Horowitz, the best-selling novelist and creator of teenage spy Alex Rider and popular TV drama series Foyle's War.

Known for writing adventure-packed tales of danger and heroism, Horowitz has written a new mini-drama especially for the programme about Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton

20081219

Featuring a new Christmas commission by poet Kenneth Steven - a lament for snow.

Ian McMillan's weekly cabaret of language includes poet Kenneth Steven, who was written a brand new poem for the programme, lamenting the vanished snow of Christmases past.

Plus French singer-songwriters Herman Dune discussing their unique brand of Leonard Cohen-influenced pop.

20090109

Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist-screenwriters Frederic Raphael and Ronan Bennett.

Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist-screenwriters Ronan Bennett, with an exclusive preview of a work in progress, and Frederic Raphael, who has completed a new translation of Petronius' Satyrica, a scandalous account of life in Nero's Rome.

20090116

Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

Guests include US novelist Edmund White with his new biography of the poet Rimbaud, and an interview with the winner of the 2008 Ts Eliot poetry prize.

Guests include American novelist Edmund White, with his new biography of the poet Rimbaud.

20090123

Ian Mcmillan's guests include Orange Prize-nominated novelist Xiaolu Guo, with a new short story written specially for the programme, and Buddhist singer-songwriter Padma.

Born near Sheffield, for many years Padma believed he was destined for a Buddhist order, but finally gave up the idea of a monk's life to write songs.

Inspired by the writings of Henry David Thoreau, he currently lives in a yurt in the Pyrenees when not recording or performing, and joins Ian in the studio to perform tracks from his EP Songs for an Entryphone.

Featuring a new story from novelist Xiaolu Guo, written specially for the programme.

20090130

Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

Including:

Speech Debelle

  • http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/aqr/

    richard chiappone gives an insight into alaska's writing scene

  • ian interviews Peter Porter who arrived in the uk from australia fifty years ago and considers himself part of the present-day poetical worlds of both nations.

    in his 80th year porter has just published his 18th collection of poetry entitled ‘better than god'.

    he delights us with readings from the book.

    alaskan writers

  • on the 50th anniversary of alaska becoming the 49th state of america, ian speaks with alaskan-based writers, rich chiappone, author of ‘water of an undetermined depth' and ronald spatz, editor of the alaska quarterly review about the literature of those wild and remote lands.

    we also hear a reading of rich chiappone's comic short story ‘ladies' hockey'.

    alaska quarterly

  • rapper and singer speech debelle performs her unique brand of music live in the studio.

    her voice is warm, youthful and light but you'd be mistaken to think her lyrics were equally so.

    she speaks with ian about the personal inspiration for her songs and her love for rhyme.

    speech debelle's website - http://www.speechdebelle.com/

  • speech debelle's myspace page - http://www.myspace.com/speechdebellemusic

    Peter Porter

    he is joined by alaskan writer richard chiappone, who brings with him a new short story written especially for the programme and an insight into alaska's writing scene.

    plus novelist Toby Litt with his guide to the experimental literary movement oulipo.

    richard chiappone gives an insight into alaska's writing scene

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    Ian McMillan's guests include celebrated American novelist John Irving and award-winning writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, who has written a new ghost story for the programme.

    Ian McMillan's guests include novelist John Irving and writer Frank Cottrell Boyce.

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    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring the best new writing talent from BBC Writersroom.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    20100409

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring an interview with writer of The Wire George Pelecanos; the best new talent from BBC writersroom and poems celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Alfred Hitchcock's film Psycho.

    Ian Mcmillan presents an interview with The Wire writer George Pelecanos

    20100514

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring a brand new commission from novelist Aminatta Forna.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, including a new commission.

    20100528
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    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

    20100917

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, presented by Ian McMillan, returns, bringing you the best in new writing and poetry.

    And to mark the new season, the poet Wendy Cope presents a previously unheard piece of work.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word returns, presented by Ian McMillan.

    20120518

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word. Guests include electro-pop pioneer Gary Numan and writer Ros Barber.

    Poetry Proms Competition coming soon... see website for details.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    20120713

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with poet Julia Copus and the writer Charles Fernyhough.

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    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan (repeat).

    Ian McMillan's guests include storyteller Daniel Morden, on 'The Devil's Violin Company's show 'A Love Like Salt'; Daniel talks about their interpretation of old English folk stories which were an important influence on Shakespeare and Chaucer. They're also joined by Dave Morris, author of an interactive Frankenstein, Writer's Room playwright Katherine Mitchell and singer-songwriter Simone Felice - acclaimed for his 'rare, fiery brilliance'.

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    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word'.

    Produced by Faith Lawrence.

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    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan

    Produced by Faith Lawrence.

    20130405

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan - his guests include the poet Chris Beckett, performance artist Lowri Evans and writer James Ward.

    Produced by Faith Lawrence.

    20130419

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with guests Serafina Steer, and Sheila Heti.

    Produced by Jessica Treen.

    20130426

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan with guests Ben Marcus and Christopher Green

    20130510

    An 'intellectual' edition of Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan, with Robert Colls, Stephen Law, Paul Taylor and Bidisha.

    20130517

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan with Holly Pester, Melvyn Burgess and Don Paterson. Don Paterson will launch the 2013 Proms Poetry Competition.

    20130524

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word and explores writing about bees.

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' is presented by Ian McMillan and explores writing about bees - with guests Jo Shapcott, Sean Borodale, 'You are Wolf' and MJ Hyland.

    20130614

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan, with guests John Kinsella, Sally Weintrobe and Owen Jones.

    20130621

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan with guests Fred D'Aguiar and Rosie Garland.

    20130705
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    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word. Guests include US novelist Armistead Maupin, Steven Camden with his first novel, and dramatist Andrew Muir.

    20150206

    Ian's guests include director Simon Godwin, who talks about the appeal of Bernard Shaw's language in 'Man and Superman', and we ask whether can grammar make a good adventure story or allegory?

    20150306

    Ian McMillan's guests include writer and mythographer Marina Warner, Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, composer Sarah Angliss and singer-songwriter Zara McFarlane. They'll be considering the role of gender in creativity ahead of International Women's Day.

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    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    20150320

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    20150417

    Ian MacMillan's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include the historian Damien Kempf, whose latest book, Medieval Monsters, celebrates the strange creatures that were used to illustrate medieval manuscripts. He explains why they aroused fear, curiosity and wonder at the time they were drawn, and argues that they have much in common with the monsters we find in contemporary culture.

    20150515

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word', celebrating language and the best in new writing and performing.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    20150522

    Ian McMillan presents the 'cabaret of the word'. His guests include the author Kevin Jackson, who has written a book on literary curiosities, 'Invisible Forms'. Kevin examines the world of footnotes.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    20150605

    Ian's guests on the 'Cabaret of the word' include the poet and novelist Kate Clanchy.

    Kate Clanchy is the author of the poetry collections 'Slattern', 'Samarkand' and 'Newborn', as well as a memoir 'Antigona and Me'. Her latest book is a novel, 'Meeting The English'. Kate will be a judge on this year's Proms Poetry Competition.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    20150626

    Ian McMillan presents the 'cabaret of the word' celebrating language, new writing and performance.

    20160429

    Ian McMillan's guests on the cabaret of the word include poet Maura Dooley.

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    Ian Mcmillan talks to poet and critic Tom Paulin about the secret life of poems, and American novelist John Marks introduces a brand new short story written especially for The Verb.

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    Ian McMillan presents the weekly magazine about language.

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    Another chance to hear an edition of the programme from last year's Hay Festival where Ian McMillan talked to poet, writer and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.

    Ian McMillan talks to poet, writer and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and there's surprising and unpredictable performance from Ken Campbell and the School of Night poets.

    As Valentine's Day approaches, Ian McMillan and his guests explore romance in literature - from early chivalrous tales via the Romantic poets to a brand new modern day love story by award-winning young novelist Rachel Tresize.

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    Ian McMillan investigates the art of juggling aphorisms.

    Plus a new story from novelist Will Ashon.

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    Another chance to hear an edition of the programme recorded live at the Broadcasting House Radio Theatre, London last September.

    Ian McMillan is joined by a line-up of writers, performers and singers, including dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and Robert Vanderplank, an expert in global invective and insults.

    *20080328

    Ian Mcmillan presents the programme live from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House.

    He is joined on stage by acclaimed Australian poet John Kinsella and by The Verb's own 'eartoonist' - musician and lyricist Peter Blegvad

    *20080404

    Nicola Monaghan, who won a Betty Trask Award for her first novel, joins Ian Mcmillan with a new story written especially for the programme.

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    Ian McMillan talks to a group of writers who are playing with form, including Adam Foulds, who has just published a narrative poem about the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya in the 1950s.

    Foulds reveals that although he envisaged a series of short stories, he found that the conflict was best expressed through poetry instead.

    Jon Canter, who has written comedy for radio and television, explains why the story of his new comic creation, a self-obsessed lawyer, had to be told in a novel and David Gaffney, who created a type of short story called Sawn Off Tales, introduces his experiment in a new form - a 'sawn-off' opera.

    *20080425

    Ian Mcmillan is joined by Booker Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro and best-selling jazz singer Stacey Kent to discuss their musical collaboration.

    The author has contributed lyrics to four songs on Stacey's latest album Breakfast on the Morning Train, one of which she performs in the studio.

    Plus poet Patience Agbabi on her latest collection, which includes a series of agony aunt letters to troubled writers.

    *20080502

    Ian McMillan presents a cabaret of language, poetry and performance, in which poet Simon Barraclough reads from and talks about his new collection.

    Writer Iain Sinclair celebrates the life and work of the poet John Riley, who was associated with the British poetry revival of the 1960s and 70s, and who was murdered 30 years ago at the age of 41.

    And performance artist and singer-songwriter Baby Dee, possibly best known for her work with Antony and the Johnsons, sings songs from her new album.

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    Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language, talking to hip-hop musician and performance poet Saul Williams, who also performs in studio.

    Williams is an internationally acclaimed spoken word artist, who has released several solo albums and also worked with the likes of The Fugees and Erykah Badu.

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    Ian McMillan presents the weekly cabaret of language.

    He talks to young poet Paul Batchelor, whose work has already won several literary prizes and who is now publishing his first collection.

    And acclaimed short story writer Ruth Thomas unveils her latest work on the show.

    *20080613

    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language and talks to David Marriott, who is publishing his second volume of poetry, Hoodoo Voodoo.

    Also, in the programme's returning series Lost Nobel Laureates, Ian assesses the writing life of Nellie Sachs, who was awarded the Prize for Literature in 1966.

    She was born in Berlin but in 1940 was forced to flee to Switzerland, where, at the age of 50, she embarked on her acclaimed literary career, writing several volumes of poetry and poetic dramas.

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    Live from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, Ian Mcmillan's guests on Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language include poet Daljit Nagra, who discusses contemporary Indian poetry, as well as performance artist HKB Finn.

    From the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, Ian Mcmillan's guests on Radio 3's weekly cabaret of language include poet Daljit Nagra, who discusses contemporary Indian poetry, as well as performance artist HKB Finn.

    Plus Christine Tobin pays tribute to jazz singer Betty Carter on the 10th anniversary of Carter's death.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include poet Daljit Nagra and performance artist HKB Finn.

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    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language from the BBC Radio Theatre.

    His guests include Nitin Sawhney, with a new collaboration written especially for the programme with novelist Gemma Weekes, as well as Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Simic.

    Plus novelist Iain Sinclair, who takes the audience on a tour of literary East London, and a brand new Eartoon from Sony Award-winner Peter Blegvad.

    Ian Mcmillan is joined by guests Nitin Sawhney, Charles Simic and Iain Sinclair

    *20090626

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist Niven Govinden, author of Graffiti My Soul, with a new short story written specially for the programme.

    She Needs Him is a tale from the dark side of celebrity culture, in which an ex-girlband member tries to recover her career - and her figure - under the watchful eyes of a shadowy minder.

    And there are further verbal adventures from The Verb's language spy Alex Horne

    *20091030

    Free Thinking 2009

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition of Radio 3's cabaret of the word, recorded in front of an audience at the Sage, Gateshead, during the Free Thinking festival.

    Dramatist and writer Peter Flannery made his name as resident playwright at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1970s - it was there that he wrote Our Friends in the North, which he later adapted into a multi-award-winning TV series starring Christopher Eccleston, Daniel Craig and Gina McKee.

    More recently, he has received plaudits for his ambitious drama The Devil's Whore, set during the chaos of the English Civil War.

    In 1997, he received the Dennis Potter award for television writing.

    He talks to Ian McMillan about his writing career and there is a sneak preview of a work in progress.

    Kachi Ozumba's novel The Shadow of a Smile received plaudits in 2008 for its portrayal of corruption and unfair imprisonment in the author's native Nigeria.

    Now living in the UK, Ozumba has made Newcastle his home and he tells Ian McMillan about his struggle to understand Geordie when he first arrived in the city and how, as his familiarity with the dialect grew, he was in turn emboldened to use Nigerian English - pidgin - in his novel.

    Ian McMillan's guests in a Free Thinking edition are Peter Flannery and Kachi Ozumba.

    *20091127

    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

    *20100326

    Ian Mcmillan is joined by authors and poets for Radio 3's cabaret of the word, including the announcement of the winner of the programme's Chekhov short story competition.

    Ian Mcmillan is joined by authors and poets for Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    * *20080125
    * *20100129

    A live edition of Ian McMillan's cabaret of the word from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, featuring a Chekhov-inspired performance by improvisational group The Factory, and a new commission from Rebecca Lenkiewicz who recently became the first living female playwright to have her work performed on the Olivier stage of the National Theatre.

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition from the BBC Radio Theatre.

    CHARLIE HIGSON, Blake Morrison, Luke Wright, Helen Mort20121012

    Ian McMIllan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' - this week it comes from Octoberfest in Sheffield with guests Charlie Higson, Blake Morrison, Luke Wright and Helen Mort.

    Neil Gaiman, Seth Lakeman, Fiona Sampson, Neil Labute
    15/05/201520160325

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word', celebrating language and the best in new writing and performing.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    150th Anniversary Of The London Underground20130111

    2009 Forward Poetry Prize20091009

    Ian Mcmillan talks to the newly-announced winner of the 2009 Forward Poetry Prize.

    2014 Edinburgh Festivals20140919

    Recorded at the the BBC Tent at Potterrow, The Verb celebrates the Edinburgh Festivals.

    Ian's guests are stand-up Josie Long, who won the Best Newcomer award at the Fringe in 2006 and has been a staple of the festival ever since. Josie's new show is called 'Cara Josephine', more personal than her previous shows, she examines her life as she turns 30, and proclaims her love for Radio 3.

    The theatre artist Olwen Fouéré has created the one-woman show 'riverrun', in which she tackles that great 'unread' book, Finnegans Wake, and becomes the voice of the river.

    The playwright and poet Liz Lochhead is Scotland's Makar. Alongside Steve Kettley on Tenor Sax, she performs from her Edinburgh show 'Somethings Old, Somethings New'.

    In their live performances, Frisky and Mannish have taken us through school, college and to the Job Centre using pop music. Now, in 'Just Too Much', they examine the pop-culture meltdown.

    Al Kennedy, Christopher Ricks, Ana Silvera, Tim Key20100709

    Radio 3’s much-loved cabaret of the word returns to the Radio Theatre on Friday 9th July!

    Poet, broadcaster and Bard of Barnsley Ian Mcmillan, “the Shirley Bassey of performance poetry”, will be joined on stage by celebrated novelist Al Kennedy, who’ll be giving a special sneak preview of her latest novel, and by Christopher Ricks, the man who W H Auden called “the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding.” There’ll be poetry and comedy from Tim Key, best known for his appearances on Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe and BBC 4’s We Need Answers and music from sensational singer songwriter Ana Silvera, fresh from wowing audiences at the Hay festival.

    Live from the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London on Friday 9th July.

    Doors open at 8.45pm.

    To apply for tickets, To apply for tickets, visit the BBC Tickets Website or call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227.

    We look forward to seeing you in our audience very soon.

    Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition, including new writing from Al Kennedy

    Alex Horne, Stella Duffy, Ginger And Black20110617

    Ian McMillan hosts the Verb in front of an audience in the Radio Theatre.

    Ian will be joined on stage by Whitbread Poetry Award winner Bernard O'Donoghue and The Verb 'word spy' Alex Horne who presents a history of The Chinese Whisper.

    The acerbic duo Ginger and Black perform musical comedy with a dark side and author Stella Duffy reads a specially commissioned piece.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    Bernard O'Donoghue, Stella Duffy, Alex Horne, Ginger and Black.

    Alex Preston, Sally Potter, Sofie Hagen20140502

    Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word'. Ian McMillan's guests include Alex Preston, Sofie Hagen on comedy in English and Danish and the writer and director Sally Potter, who won over 25 international awards for her film 'Orlando'. Sally discusses the craft of directing and the language used when working with actors.

    All Fools' Verb20160401

    We're celebrating the absurd this week on the All Fool's Verb. Ian's guests include our resident Court Jester - the poet Ira Lightman - and performance poet James Messiah on the power of radio to make us laugh.

    More seriously, the novelist and short story writer Rob Doyle will be celebrating his favourite long-forgotten authors.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    All Fools' Verb20160401

    Am Homes, Glyn Maxwell, Martin Creed20121130

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' presented by Ian McMillan, with guests A.M. Homes, Glyn Maxwell and Martin Creed

    Amanda Dalton, Jennie Erdal, Emeli Sande20120413

    Ian McMillan is joined by poet Amanda Dalton whose new collection 'Stray' is a book about 'the lost' and being lost, searching for home, and the extraordinary places we sometimes discover when we're off the beaten track - he'll also be joined by Jennie Erdal, author of the acclaimed memoir 'Ghosting', by singer and song-writer Emeli Sandé who'll be performing in the studio, and he'll present new drama exploring the human stories behind Britain's troubled high streets.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word with Amanda Dalton, Jennie Erdal and Emeli Sandé.

    Andrew Motion And Graham Coxon20090417

    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

    Ian asks Andrew Motion to reflect on his time as Poet Laureate.

    Motion has admitted to finding the role damaging to his work as a poet, and as he prepares to step down from the post after ten years and publishes his last collection of poems as Laureate, The Cinder Path, Ian asks what the future holds for Motion and for the office of Poet Laureate itself.

    And former Blur guitarist and songwriter Graham Coxon presents songs from album The Spinning Top.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests are Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon.

    Andrew Motion, William Gibson, Louise Welsh20101008

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing.This week his guests are former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, who introduces his new collection of poetry; the writer and legendary "cyber-punk" creator William Gibson; and novelist Louise Welsh brings in a brand new commission written specially for the "The Verb".

    Poet Andrew Motion and novelists William Gibson and Louise Welsh join Ian McMillan.

    Andy Craven-griffiths And Jennifer Reid20160304

    Ian's guests on the Verb include the Verb New Voice winner Andy Craven-Griffiths who presents his commission and there will also be music from Jennifer Reid, 'The Broadside Balladress'.

    Andy McNab, Alex Horne, Bernadine Evaristo, Trevor Cox20140124

    Andy McNab, Alex Horne, Bernadine Evaristo, Trevor Cox20140124

    Andy McNab, Alex Horne, Bernadine Evaristo, Trevor Cox20140124

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word with guests Andy McNab, Alex Horne, Bernadine Evaristo and Trevor Cox.

    Andy Mcnab, Alex Horne, Bernadine Evaristo, Trevor Cox20140124

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word with guests Andy McNab, Alex Horne, Bernadine Evaristo and Trevor Cox.

    Ange Hardy, Isy Suttie, Lisa Brown, The Poetry Exchange20160129

    Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word, presented by Ian McMillan. Joining Ian in the studio are folk singer Ange Hardy, comedian Isy Suttie, Lisa Brown from the BBC Writersroom 10 and Fiona Lesley Bennett from The Poetry Exchange.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Angela Carter Celebration20120217

    New writing and poetry from Radio 3's cabaret of the word, presented by Ian McMillan... This week Marina Warner and Christopher Frayling mark the twentieth anniversary of Angela Carter's death with a celebration of her writing.

    Anthologies20110624

    Popular anthologies might have increased the readership of contemporary poetry but have they increased understanding? Ian McMillan and his guest explore some of the much-loved and influential tomes so many of us read from school-days on.

    Neil Astley and and Michael Schmidt debate the blockbuster anthologies of recent years.

    Poet and anthologist Roddy Lumsden spots young talent and isn't afraid to use the provocative title 'Best British Poetry' while Kevin Jackson presents an anthology of weird and wonderful anthologies from the past and looks at the roots of the curated collection of poetry.

    Claire Allfree considers the market for and marketing of the these weighty volumes.

    And, the poet Gwyneth Lewis with a new Verb commission imagining the anthology as a poetry gymnasium and a poet's perspective on what it means to be in, and out of a new anthology.

    Ian McMillan focuses on anthologies, and is joined by Neil Astley and Michael Schmidt.

    Aravind Adiga And Polly Scattergood *20090410

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga, who previews his novel Between the Assassinations, and singer songwriter Polly Scattergood, who has been called 'the Kate Bush of the 21st century'.

    Plus new poetry from Kate Kilalea and The Verb's language spy Alex Horne with another investigation into the language that surrounds us.

    Ian Mcmillan talks to Booker Prize winner Aravind Adiga about his forthcoming novel.

    Arto Vaun/school Of Night *20091204

    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language.

    He talks to American-Armenian poet Arto Vaun about his collection Capillarity; and the late Ken Campbell's unique improvisational troupe The School of Night apply their anarchic energy to Shakespeare, from his unfunniest 'funny' scenes to a wealth of 'boring lords'.

    Ian Mcmillan's word cabaret features poet Arto Vaun and improvisation by School of Night.

    Attila the Stockbroker/Sophie Hannah/Ross Sutherland/Benin City20100312

    Attila The Stockbroker/sophie Hannah/ross Sutherland/benin City2010031220110225
    Audrey Niffenegger, Sharron Kraus, Susan Wicks, Ira Lightman20110114

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's celebration of the best writing and performance of all kinds.

    This week, the best-selling writer of 'The Time Traveler's Wife' Audrey Niffenegger reads a brand new Verb commission.

    Her latest book is a graphic novel and, as she explains to Ian, she's passionate about the form.

    And, the songwriter, musician, philosopher Sharron Kraus performs work from her new album which mixes the folk traditions of England and Appalachia.

    Susan Wicks and Catherine Smith celebrate Tunbridge Wells in poetry.And, poet, mathematician and lover of the avant garde Ira Lightman assesses haikus found in the Wikileaks cables.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With author Audrey Niffenegger and folk artist Sharron Kraus.

    Baroque Verb20130308

    Ian McMillan presents a 'Baroque Spring' Verb, part of Radio 3's month-long celebration of Baroque music and culture. Ian finds out what the term 'Baroque' means for writers AL Kennedy, Michael Symmons Roberts and Joel Stickley.

    Bee Writing2013052420140509

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' is presented by Ian McMillan and explores writing about bees - with guests Jo Shapcott, Sean Borodale and 'You are Wolf'.

    First broadcast in May 2013.

    Beginnings20160108

    As we welcome 2016 onto our calendars Ian McMillan explores literary beginnings and the importance of the first line.

    Ian's guests include the short story writer Helen Simpson with her new collection 'Cockfosters' (Jonathan Cape), The Bookshop Band have written a song for us, there's drama from Ian Townsend and performance poetry from Amina Jama.

    Belmont House20160226

    This week The Verb comes from Belmont House in Lyme Regis, the former home of the best selling novelist John Fowles.

    Belmont House is an 18th century maritime villa that has recently been restored to its original appearance by the Landmark Trust. The villa was owned by the businesswoman Mrs Eleanor Coade, and more recently by the writer John Fowles, who set his famous novel 'The French Lieutenant's woman in Lyme Regis.

    Ian's guests include the up and coming folk trio Wildwood Kin, who have been attracting attention for their close-harmony vocals. Sisters Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney are working on their debut album and perform songs inspired by writers such as CS Lewis and Tolkien.

    Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway Robert Eaglestone examines the changing fortunes of John Fowles literary reputation.

    Jane Feaver is a prose writer whose novels try to find the human in the landscape. She says finding the authentic voice of a place can be harder for the outsider, but it also allows a writer to observe things that people who have lived there all their lives might not see.

    The poet Annie Freud's latest collection is 'The Remains' (Picador), a book inspired by the china she found whilst digging her Dorset garden.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Ben Masters, Chloe Aridjis20131129

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word', Ian's guests include novelists Chloe Aridjis and Ben Masters.

    Ben Okri, Mark Crick, Landscape Poetry, Ira Lightman20110401

    Ian Mcmillan introduces Radio 3's celebration of writing of all sorts.

    This week Ben Okri reads a new piece specially commissioned by The Verb.

    And, Mark Crick explains the craft of literary pastiche.

    Harriet Tarlo and Carol Watts read and discuss radical landscape poetry and Ira Lightman has fun with fonts.

    Ian Mcmillan introduces a new work by Ben Okri.

    Plus Mark Crick on literary pastiche.

    Benjamin Zephaniah, Laura J Martin20131213

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word'. This week Ian's guests include Benjamin Zephaniah and Laura J Martin.

    Bs Johnson, Niven Govinden, Laura Dockrill20101015

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing.

    This week, Ian learns about the life and work of literary innovator BS Johnson.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Business Verb20130222

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word', and explores the allure of 'business language'.

    Candace Bushnell, Will Abberley, Chris Green20151002

    Ian's guests on The Verb this week include Candace Bushnell, Will Abberley and Chris Green.

    Candace Bushnell is the best-selling author who wrote the 'Sex and The City' column which became a worldwide phenomenon following the TV adaptation starring Sarah Jessica Parker. Bushnell's latest novel is 'Killing Monica' (Little Brown)

    Performer and writer Christopher Green with a new commission on Anne Sexton.

    Will Abberley has celebrated the ellipsis and the exclamation mark on the Verb. He'll be talking about his latest book 'English Fiction and the Evolution of Language' (Cambridge University Press), which explores the interaction of science and fiction.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Catherine O'flynn, Steve Spence20110218

    Ian Mcmillan takes to the air with Radio 3's celebration of the best writing around.

    This week, the writer Catherine O'Flynn reads a brand new Verb commission.

    'The Navigator' is a non-fiction meditation on sat nav and the sneaking feeling that the commanding voice issuing from the device may not always have our best interests at heart.

    And, Steve Spence performs extraordinary cut-up prose poems about fishing, banking crises and meteorology from his new collection Limits of Control.

    Ian Mcmillan introduces new writing from Catherine O'Flynn and Steve Spence.

    Catherine O'flynn, Steve Spence, Philip Jeays, Iain Crichton Smith20110218

    Ian McMillan takes to the air with Radio 3's celebration of the best writing around. This week, the writer Catherine O'Flynn reads a brand new Verb commission. 'The Navigator' is a non-fiction meditation on sat nav and the sneaking feeling that the commanding voice issuing from the device may not always have our best interests at heart. And, Steve Spence performs extraordinary cut-up prose poems about fishing, recipes and meteorology from his new collection Limits of Control.

    English Chanteur Philip Jeays performs a new song in the style of Georges Brassens and poet Richard Price is our guide to the life and work of Scottish poet Iain Crichton Smith, whose collected poems have just been published. Born in 1928, he wrote in both Gaelic and English and during his long career Crichton Smith produced twenty-seven volumes of poetry, fourteen novels, twelve short story collections as well as plays.

    Producers: Erin Riley and Dymphna Flynn.

    Christmas Cabaret Of The Word20131220

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Christmas cabaret of the word' from Media City, with novelist Louis de Bernières, performance poet Scroobius Pip, writer Alison Moore and folk duo O'Hooley and Tidow.

    Christmas Special20121221

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' from 'Gorilla', Manchester; guests Sara Maitland, Kathryn Williams and Harry Baker join him for a Dark Christmas celebration.

    Christopher Ricks20151030

    Christopher Ricks20151030

    In a special edition of The Verb, Ian McMillan is joined by Sir Christopher Ricks, who was once described by WH Auden as 'the critic every poet dreams of finding', and by John Carey as 'our greatest living critic'. From appreciations of Milton, Keats, Beckett and Bob Dylan through to landmark editions of TS Eliot's poetry, Ricks has delighted readers all over the world with his scrupulous and humane attention to language and style. Ian explores Ricks' gift for the perfect critical sentence.

    Christopher Ricks20151030

    In a special edition of The Verb, Ian McMillan is joined by Sir Christopher Ricks, who was once described by WH Auden as 'the critic every poet dreams of finding', and by John Carey as 'our greatest living critic'. From appreciations of Milton, Keats, Beckett and Bob Dylan through to landmark editions of TS Eliot's poetry, Ricks has delighted readers all over the world with his scrupulous and humane attention to language and style. Ian explores Ricks' gift for the perfect critical sentence.

    Classical Voice Season: The Voice20150619

    The Cabaret of the word is in Cardiff as part of the BBC's Classical Voice season. Ian McMillan's guests include the composer Gerry Diver and poet Rachael Boast

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Clive James, Jacques Darras, Will Eaves, Zena Edwards20100319

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring Clive James on his collected poems, Angels Over Elsinore, and French poet Jacques Darras on translating the work of late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes into French.

    Also in the programme, brand new writing from novelist Will Eaves and performance from Zena Edwards.

    Producer: Laura Thomas (rpt).

    Ian Mcmillan's guests includes Clive James and French writer Jacques Darras.

    Colm Toibin And Ck Stead *20090515

    Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of language features award-winning novelist Colm Toibin, who presents a short story written specially for the programme and discusses his novel Brooklyn.

    Plus controversial New Zealand poet, novelist and critic CK Stead, talking about his collected poems and also reflecting on returning to writing after a stroke left him unable to read.

    Colm Toibin, Ben Okri, Helen Simpson, Peter Blegvad20120316

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word presented by Ian McMillan.

    This week Irish novelist Colm Toibin celebrates the life and work of Mary Lavin in her centenary year. She was born in Massachusetts and came to live with her family in the Midlands of Ireland at the age of ten. Colm knew Mary Lavin in the last fifteen years of her life and describes how she portrayed the lives of ordinary Irish women; this reflected her own life as she was widowed with three young children and supported them through her writing. She wrote at a time when her male contemporaries were more interested in the country's political struggles; and Colm says this has been a lesson to himself - to write about the human heart rather than the current climate.

    Ben Okri won the 1991 Booker Prize for his novel The Famished Road, but his fiction is just one aspect of what he does; he's an essayist, an aphorist, and a poet. He explains how poetry is the primary part of his writing life, and reads from his new collection, Wild, his first book of poems for thirteen years.

    Helen Simpson is one of our most celebrated short story writers and she's written a new story especially for The Verb. Torremolinos is the surprising tale of two men who find themselves in the same hospital ward.

    And Peter Blegvad, cartoonist, singer-songwriter, writer, and thinker presents a Verb 'eartoon' on sonic alchemy.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. With Colm Toibin, Helen Simpson, Ben Okri and Peter Blegvad

    Cookery Writing/david Harsent20091211

    As the festive season approaches, Ian Mcmillan and guests consider the mouthwatering delights of cookery writing; and award-winning poet David Harsent presents brand new poems.

    Ian Mcmillan's word cabaret includes new writing from award-winning poet David Harsent.

    Cornelia Parker, Kate Tempest20150213

    Cornelia Parker, Kate Tempest20150213

    The Verb celebrates the reopening of Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery. Ian's guests include Cornelia Parker, whose major new solo exhibition opens at the Whitworth today. We examine the links between literature and sculpture.

    The poet Kate Tempest was selected as one of the Next Generation Poets 2014 and was nominated for the Mercury Prize for her debut album 'Everybody Down'. Kate reads from her latest collection 'Hold Your Own' (Picador).

    Cornelia Parker, Kate Tempest20150213

    The Verb celebrates the reopening of Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery. Ian's guests include Cornelia Parker, whose major new solo exhibition opens at the Whitworth today. We examine the links between literature and sculpture.

    The poet Kate Tempest was selected as one of the Next Generation Poets 2014 and was nominated for the Mercury Prize for her debut album 'Everybody Down'. Kate reads from her latest collection 'Hold Your Own' (Picador).

    Cowboy Junkies, Jacob Sam-la Rose20130125

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with the Cowboy Junkies and Jacob Sam-La Rose.

    Cowboy Junkies, Jacob Sam-la Rose, Bryan And Mary Talbot, Pete Jordi Wood20130125

    Culture on the Brink20140110

    Culture On The Brink20140110

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word. As part of Radio 3's Music on the Brink season, the Ruby Dolls perform cabaret typical of that heard in Le chat noir in 1914, Kevin Jackson describes a fantasy meeting between writers of the age, and George Szirtes explores the work of Rainer Maria Rilke.

    Daljit Nagra, Peter Blegvad20100924

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, live in front of an audience at the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House. On stage with Ian, guests include Forward Prize-winning poet Daljit Nagra and The Verb's Sony Award-winning Eartoonist Peter Blegvad.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, live from the BBC Radio Theatre...

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, live in front of an audience at the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House.

    On stage with Ian, guests include Forward Prize-winning poet Daljit Nagra and The Verb's Sony Award-winning Eartoonist Peter Blegvad

    Daniel Morden, Dave Morris, Katherine Mitchell, Simone Felice20120504

    Ian McMillan's guests include story-teller Daniel Morden, on 'The Devil's Violin Company's new show 'A Love Like Salt'; Daniel will be talking about their interpretation of old English folk stories which were an important influence on Shakespeare and Chaucer. They'll also be joined by Dave Morris, author of a new interactive Frankenstein, Writer's Room playwright Katherine Mitchell and singer-songwriter Simone Felice - who's been acclaimed for his 'rare, fiery brilliance'.

    Poetry Proms Competition coming soon... see website for details.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Darkling Special - Toby Litt, Jo Shapcott, Val Mcdermid20111125

    "So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling."

    As the days darken Ian McMillan is joined by Toby Litt to present a Verb special dedicated to the word 'darkling'.

    With incarnations from its first recorded use in Shakespeare's King Lear to Milton, Keats and Hardy, the word 'darkling' has even appeared in HG Wells and an edition of Star Trek.

    Poet Jo Shapcott has won The Forward Prize, The Commonwealth Writers Prize and the National Poetry Competition (twice).

    The author of 'On Mutability' unveils a brand new darkling poem written specially for The Verb.

    Val McDermid, bestselling Scottish crime writer and author of the Tony Hill series has written a specially commissioned darkling story for The Verb.

    Language historian and Oxford professor of English Lynda Mugglestone joins Ian to explain the changing meaning and history of the word, from its earliest recorded appearance to its current use amongst the 'Twilight' generation.

    Singer and sound artist You Are Wolf joins performs a song written for the Verb in response to the famous literary incarnations of the word 'darkling'.

    Darren Hayman, Jon McGregor20160513

    This week, joining Ian on the Cabaret of the word is singer songwriter Darren Hayman with his new project 'Thankful Villages'. Darren visited each of the 54 'Thankful Villages', where every solider returned safe from the First World War, creating music and short films for each village. Rather than dealing directly with the war, Darren's journey examines rural life today.

    Jon McGregor's first two novels were both longlisted for the Booker prize, and today we hear an exclusive extract from his work-in-progress, which circles around the number 13.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Darren Hayman, Jon McGregor20160513

    Darren Hayman, Jon McGregor20160513

    This week, joining Ian on the Cabaret of the word is singer songwriter Darren Hayman with his new project 'Thankful Villages'. Darren visited each of the 54 'Thankful Villages', where every solider returned safe from the First World War, creating music and short films for each village. Rather than dealing directly with the war, Darren's journey examines rural life today.

    Jon McGregor's first two novels were both longlisted for the Booker prize, and today we hear an exclusive extract from his work-in-progress, which circles around the number 13.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Darren Hayman, Jon McGregor20160513

    David And Hilary Crystal, Iain Sinclair20140117

    Ian McMillan presents the word cabaret, with David and Hilary Crystal and Iain Sinclair.

    David and Hilary Crystal, Iain Sinclair, Roger Davies, Rommi Smith20140117

    David Crystal/simon Barraclough/darrell Lloyd/science Writing/bestsellers Of 1910
    David Crystal/Simon Barraclough/Darrell Lloyd/Science Writing/Bestsellers of 191020100115

    David Crystal/Simon Barraclough/Darrell Lloyd/Science Writing/Bestsellers of 191020100115

    How big is your vocabulary?

    Linguistics expert Prof David Crystal responds to recent reports that teenage vocabulary can be limited to as little as 800 words, and sheds light on how vocabulary size can be measured.

    In memoriam Tsutomu Yamaguchi

    Poet Simon Barraclough pays tribute to the sole survivor of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb blasts, who has died aged 93.

    Darrell Lloyd

    Previous Verb competition winner Darrell Lloyd introduces 3 pieces of flash fiction (tiny short stories) - Fresh Bullet Holes, Love Story and The Edge of the World.

    Science Writing

    Botanist Sandy Knapp and space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock recommend the best scientific books for the lay reader.

    Bestsellers of 1910

    Phil Stone, Charts Editor of The Bookseller, takes a look at the most successful books in the UK and US a hundred years ago.

    David Harsent, Jonathan Safran Foer, Hannah Silva, Terry Saunders20110121

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    With poetry, performance and brand new commissions it's a celebration of language at its most creative.

    This week the poet David Harsent introduces his new collection of poetry, Night.

    Featuring work originally commissioned for The Verb, the latest book tells of nightmares and dream-states far from the reassurance of the daylight.

    And, the American writer Jonathan Safran Foer on the language of meat.

    What are sweetmeats? Why do we eat pork and not pig and what exactly is free-range? Hannah Silva on pole-dancing and poetry and the storytelling comic Terry Saunders with disastrous relationship tales based on unhappy early experience.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With David Harsent, Jonathan Safran Foer and Hannah Silva.

    David Sedaris, Peter Gregson And Daniel Jones With The Listening Machine, Boo Hewerdine20130628

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    This week Ian's guests are David Sedaris, Peter Gregson and Daniel Jones with The Listening Machine, and Boo Hewerdine.

    Dawn Chorus20160527

    Early riser Ian McMillan celebrates the Dawn Chorus. his fellow early birds include the sound artist and poet, Caroline Bergvall who presents work inspired by the sonic landscape of the early morning. Specially for The Verb, poet Geraldine Monk has written an Aubade - a poem to celebrate daybreak.

    There is also work in progress from the novelist Alex Preston, who is writing a literary ornithology.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Dbc Pierre, Jackie Kay, Martin Carthy20140718

    Ian McMillan's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include DBC Pierre, who discusses using language to create fear in his new novella 'Breakfast with the Borgias' (Hammer), Jackie Kay on writing poetry in sand, and folk singer Martin Carthy.

    The last in our series of WWI dramas is 'Songs of the Sea' by Kenneth Emson, inspired by the sinking of the ambulance transport ship, the Warilda.

    Diana Athill, Verb New Voices, Forward Poetry Prize20110930

    Diana Athill, the revered editor, novelist and memoirist writes and performs a new letter for the Verb and talks about her new book "Instead of a Book".

    It's a collection of the letters she's written over the past thirty years to her friend the American poet Edward Field.

    There's more from The Verb's new voices, a scheme run between Radio 3 and the Arts Council, supporting emergent talent on the spoken poetry scene.

    This week we feature poets from Stockton and their mentors.

    And as the Forward Poetry Prize celebrates twenty years since its inception, founder William Sieghart and previous winner Jane Duran discusses the effect of the prize, which rewards both established and up-and-coming poets.

    Diana Athill with new writing, 20 years of The Forward Poetry Prize, and Verb New Voices.

    Dickens Special - With Charles Dance, Rachel Rose Reid And Malcolm Andrews20111209

    Ian McMillan returns to the Radio Theatre with Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word.

    To mark the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens in 2012, Ian celebrates the art of reading Dickens aloud.

    Charles Dance reads extracts including the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

    Malcolm Andrews, editor of The Dickensian magazine analyses why Dickens' language works so well in performance.

    Dickens gave professional public readings in Britain and the United States over the last twelve years of his life.

    Audiences of 2000 or so flocked to hear him reading favourite episodes from his novels and giving virtuoso impersonations of each of the characters.

    The vigour of his performances physically exhausted him afterwards.

    Verb regular Kevin Jackson gives a guide to the sounds of the names of Dickens' characters.

    These are names you won't find in a phone book, and are some of the most unique in fiction.

    Characters such as Sweedlepipe, Honeythunder, Bumble, Pumblechook, and M'Choakumchild are recognizable as Dickensian even by those unfamiliar with the stories.

    Christine Collister performs Dickens in song; and queen of the new wave of storytellers, Rachel Rose Reid gives a contemporary twist to the idea of Dickens' night walks - when he walked the streets of London for inspiration.

    Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

    Ian McMillan and guests including Charles Dance on Dickens in performance.

    Don Paterson, Paul Farley20150123

    Ian's guests on 'the cabaret of the word' this week are Don Paterson and Paul Farley. They celebrate the work of friend and fellow poet Michael Donaghy, who died a decade ago, and consider how a poet's death affects the way their poems are seen, and the impact it has on their contemporaries.

    Don Paterson, Paul Farley, Scanner, Maddy Paxman20150123

    Ian's guests on 'the cabaret of the word' this week include Don Paterson and Paul Farley. They celebrate the work of friend and fellow poet Michael Donaghy, who died a decade ago, and consider how a poet's death affects the way their poems are seen, and the impact it has on their contemporaries.

    In her memoir 'The Great Below' Maddy Paxman explores her life with Michael Donaghy and the aftermath of his sudden death.

    The Sound Artist Scanner has composed a new piece for this programme inspired by the idea of White Noise.

    Don Paterson/nick Harkaway/nemo's Almanac/macgillivray
    Donna Leon, Nathan Penlington, Patrick Mcguinness, Henry Pryor20140411

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with guests including award winning crime-writer Donna Leon on the poetry and song of the gondola, novelist Nathan Penlington with a reverie on the choose-your-adventure story, Patrick McGuinness on shaping his new memoir, and Henry Pryor on the language of estate agents.

    Dreda Say Mitchell20091002

    Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of language features award-winning novelist Dreda Say Mitchell, who presents a new piece of fiction she has written specially for the programme.

    Ian Mcmillan's cabaret of language features award-winning novelist Dreda Say Mitchell.

    Dreda Say Mitchell/simone Felice/larissa Miller
    Durham Book Festival 201020101022

    Radio 3's The Verb comes live from the Durham Book Festival bursting with new writing, poetry and performance, and hosted in front of an audience at Durham's Gala Theatre by poet Ian McMillan.

    Ian's cabaret of the spoken word features novelist and poet Jackie Kay, who'll present a brand new piece of writing; and Sony Award winner Peter Blegvad with one of his legendary Eartoons in collaboration with scholar Richard Gameson who specialises in the history of the book from antiquity to the Renaissance at Durham University.

    The programme also features poems from the award-winning Anne Stevenson and local poet Matthew Caley will read some new work

    This live programme from the Verb is one of three events that Radio 3 is staging across the North East in the run-up to its annual Free Thinking festival of ideas at the Sage Gateshead in early November.

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition from the 2010 Durham Book Festival.

    Dylan Thomas Day: Live From Laugharne20140505

    Ian McMillan's guests for a Dylan Thomas Centenary special with an audience in Wales at Laugharne, where the poet used to live, include the writer Glyn Maxwell on updating and relocating Under Milk Wood, the poet Gwyneth Lewis on writing a novella which explores Dylan's influence, and the musician Gruff Rhys. The one-time frontman for the Super Furry Animals will be talking about his project American Interior and the experience of composing the soundtrack for a new film about Dylan Thomas. And there'll be a new commission from the poet Peter Finch inspired by Thomas's 'Altarwise by Owl-Light'.

    Elena Lapin, Gemma Ray, Matthew And Michael Dickman20160617

    Ian's guests this week include the writer Elena Lapin. Elena is a writer, editor and translator who speaks five languages, Russian, Czech, German, Hebrew, and English. Elena's memoir 'What Language Do I Dream In?' (Virago) asks how you find a voice in a language that is not your own.

    Gemma Ray is a singer-songwriter who will be performing songs from her new album 'The Exodus Suite'.

    Matthew and Michael Dickman are twins. Although they write very different kinds of poetry, they are united by the unflinching poems that make up their join collection 'Brother' (Faber), a book that examines the suicide of their older brother.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Eliza Carthy, John Cooper Clarke, Simon Armitage, Joe Bone20120113

    Ian McMillan starts The Verb New Year with Radio 3's language party from the Radio Theatre in London.

    The singer-songwriter Eliza Carthy and members of her band will be joining Ian to kick off the song, celebration and dreams of new possibilities. Or to stave off the winter blues at the very least.

    Poet Simon Armitage will be sharing his new translation of the most famous of Arthurian stories, the Middle English Morte D'Arthur.

    Punk poet John Cooper Clarke will be performing new work.

    And there'll be comedy-drama from last year's hit at the Edinburgh Festival, Joe Bone.

    Producer: Allegra McIlroy.

    Ian McMillan's guests are Eliza Carthy, John Cooper Clarke, Simon Armitage and Joe Bone.

    Elizabeth Gaskell Special20141003

    The 'Cabaret of the Word' comes this week from Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester.

    Ian McMillan's guests include the author and critic Jenny Uglow, who has written an acclaimed biography of Elizabeth Gaskell. Jenny Uglow's other biographies include 'The Lunar Men' (Faber), which won the James Tait Black Memorial prize and the Hessell-Tiltman Prize, and 'Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick (Faber). She tells us how Gaskell's House influenced her writing.

    The comedy writer Dale Shaw, author of the collection of parody writing 'Letters of Not' (The Friday Project) delves into Gaskell's correspondence.

    We also feature a new commission from folk singer Lucy Ward, winner of the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Horizon Award for best newcomer.

    Emma Donoghue, Hannah Silva, Gary Shteyngart, Roz Goddard, Alex Clark20110304

    Ian McMillan presents the best words around in Radio 3's language cabaret.

    This week, the Man Booker nominated novelist Emma Donoghue reads a brand new commission, a breathless adventure called Fall and featuring Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to survive a trip over the Niagara Falls in a barrel.

    Spoken word artist Hannah Silva premieres a new piece entitled 'Opposition' using David Cameron's Big Society speech.

    Russian-born novelist and humorist Gary Shteyngart explains the grip of his native language on his imagination and why he counts money and dreams in Russian.

    And, Roz Goddard reads poems inspired by HBO's The Sopranos while literary critic Alex Clark looks for writing dreamed up while slumped on the sofa watching the box.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With novelist Emma Donoghue reading a new commission.

    Evie Wyld/catalan Poems20100205

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring brand new writing from Evie Wyld, winner of the 2009 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, and a unique series of Catalan poems inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper.

    Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    With new writing from Evie Wyld, plus Catalan poems.

    Ewan Morrison, Seamus Collins2012061520120615 (R3)

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word'- guests include Ewan Morrison and Seamus Collins who present writing inspired by the 'landscape of shopping' in Britain.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Finders Keepers20020413

    Seamus Heaney on his new essay collection `Finders Keepers', and a report from Seoul on new challanges for Korean writers.

    First In The New Season. Janice Galloway, The Waterboys Set Yeats's Poetry To Music, David Bellos And Verb New Voices20110916

    Ian McMillan presents a new season of Radio 3's Cabaret of The Word.

    Janice Galloway writes and performs an especially commissioned new story about how a visit to Glasgow for her fourteenth birthday opened up a new world for her - the world of art, and in particular the artist Bruegel.

    Janice talks about the importance of using detail in her writing, which has won praise for its perception of childhood.

    Her new memoir All Made Up covers her youth, and she explains that as a child she was very quiet, but keenly observed the world around her, in readiness for any unpleasantness.

    Mike Scott, of the band The Waterboys, has created a suite of Yeats's poetry set to music.

    He performs two pieces in The Verb studio, Before The World was Made and Song of Wandering Aengus.

    David Bellos is Professor of French at Princeton University.

    He and Ian discuss his new survey of translation theory, Is That a Fish in Your Ear?, where David lays out his theory that it's an illusion that language consists of words, and that the translator's task is more than mere translation of the words on the page.

    He imagines how the linguists working on Janice Galloway's memoirs will approach translating Scottish cultural references - like a Scotty dog ashtray, into Italian.

    And there's more from The Verb's new voices, a scheme run between Radio 3 and the Arts Council, supporting emergent talent on the spoken poetry scene.

    This week we feature poets from Birmingham and their mentors, Sean O'Brien and Aoife Mannix.

    With Janice Galloway, Yeats's poetry set to music, David Bellos and Verb New Voices.

    Fleur Adcock, Toby Litt, George Szirtes, Tishani Doshi
    Food Writing2013092720150508 (R3)

    This week The Verb is looking at Food Writing. Ian McMillan's guests include the novelist Emma Jane Unsworth, Caroline Hobkinson, an artist who creates 'Experimental Dining Experiences' and the food writer Diana Henry, who owns 4,000 cookbooks. We also have The Bookshop Band, who have written a song for us based on a book with food at its centre.

    Producer, Cecile Wright

    First broadcast 27/09/2013.

    This week The Verb is looking at Food Writing. Ian McMillan's guests include the novelist Emma Jane Unsworth, Caroline Hobkinson, an artist who creates 'Experimental Dining Experiences' and the food writer Diana Henry, who owns 4,000 cookbooks. We also have The Bookshop Band, who have written a song for us about Midnight's Children.

    Free Thinking20151120

    Ian's guests at Free Thinking include the poet Sean O'Brien celebrating the life and work of Julia Darling, and Debbie Taylor the writer and editorial director of Mslexia magazine on writing and publishing in dialect. Performance artist Chanje Kunda, one of 2015's Verb New Voices will be performing new work, and the multi-talented Camille O'Sullivan will discuss the importance of storytelling to her - as both musician and singer.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Free Thinking 2010, Andrew Motion, Lisa Suhair Majaj, Sean O'brien, Luke Wright20101029

    In The Verb this week Ian McMillan has his work cut out.

    He's hurtling from lost love and the sorrow and pity of war to the venality of the middle classes - all in just three quarters of an hour.

    Ian's guests include the former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion, whose new collection pays homage to Siegfried Sassoon while still seeming to emerge - as he puts it in one of the poems - from that time between 'The Peace Museum and the bullet train to Tokyo'.

    One of the Middle East's leading writers, Lisa Suhair Majaj, who's appearing at Poetry International on the Southbank this week, talks about the Arab American experience and reads from her book, Geographies of Light.

    There's a specially commissioned drama, Take me to the Bridge, by Sean O'Brien perched on that ever precarious border between Newcastle and Gateshead - a kind of nocturnal Eden of forking paths and crossed destinies.

    And in a new ballad the performance poet, Luke Wright, trains his satirical eye on some contemporary lives.

    Ian McMillan is joined by Andrew Motion, Lisa Suhair Majaj, Sean O'Brien and Luke Wright

    Free Thinking 2010, The Verb At Free Thinking20101112

    Ian Mcmillan presents a characteristically eclectic edition of his unique cabaret of the word, recorded in front of an audience at the Radio 3 Free Thinking festival at The Sage Gateshead.

    His guests include the Northumberland singer songwriters The Unthanks and poet Katrina Porteous.

    There's intriguing language games from comedian and writer Alex Horne, and brand-new fiction from award-winning poet and novelist John Burnside.

    Recorded in front of an audience at the Sage Gateshead, as part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival of ideas 2010.

    Producer: Zahid Warley.

    Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition from the 2010 Free Thinking festival.

    Free Thinking 201220121109

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' from the Free Thinking Festival in Gateshead. His guests include poets Tony Harrison and Don Paterson, musician Martin Longstaff (otherwise known as 'The Lake Poets'), flash fiction supremo Tania Hershman, and Granta editor Laura Barber.

    Free Thinking Festival20141114

    Recorded earlier this month at the Free Thinking Festival, Ian's guests include Robert Colls, poet Peter Mortimer, actress and writer Miranda Keeling and 'Verb New Voice' Louise Fazakerley.

    Professor Robert Colls, author of George Orwell: English Rebel and a number of books on regional history, will be free-thinking the North East's relationship with the language of limits and the language of limits in education.

    Miranda Keeling is an actor and writer, and the winner of the Norman Beaton radio award - she'll be exploring whether Twitter is good way to 'write' a city's limits.

    Peter Mortimer, poet, playwright and journalist, will be performing new work.

    Louise Fazackerley, one of the 'Verb New Voices' winners will present extracts from Love Is A Battlefield, a show about the impact of war on the domestic lives of soldiers and their families.

    Free Thinking: Pat Barker, Jacob Polley, James Yorkston, Carmen Marcus20151113

    The Verb this week comes from Radio 3's 'Festival of Ideas', Free Thinking, at Sage Gateshead. The theme of this year's festival was 'Tearing Up The Rule Book' and breaking the rules with Ian McMillan are Pat Barker, Jacob Polley, James Yorkston and Carmen Marcus.

    Booker-prize winning novelist Pat Barker discusses her latest novel 'Noonday' (Hamish Hamilton), which is set in London during the Second World War and completes her Life Class Trilogy.

    The poet and novelist Jacob Polley won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for his latest book of poetry 'The Havocs' (Picador). Jacob will be collaborating with musician John Alder.

    Scottish folk musician James Yorkston released 'The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society' (Domino), which has been called his most personal record to date.

    Carmen Marcus is one of the 2015 'Verb New Voices'. In collaboration with Arts Council England, The Verb has been working with four new spoken work talents to develop their work.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Frieda Hughes/greyworld20091106

    Ian Mcmillan talks to Frieda Hughes about her latest poetry collection, The Book of Mirrors, and marks the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with a discussion of German literature post 1989.

    Plus a chance to experience the Greyworld sound installation from the 2009 Free Thinking festival.

    Ian Mcmillan talks to Frieda Hughes about her latest poetry collection.

    Gardens - 220040612

    In the second of a series of commissions inspired by paintings of gardens, celebrated novelist Rose Tremain reads a stunning short story set in France at the turn of the century.

    Garrison Keillor, Ginger And Black, Damian Barr20110318

    Ian McMillan presents a live edition of Radio 3's lively language cabaret.

    Writer and broadcaster Garrison Keillor performs love sonnets from his first collection of poetry.

    The acerbic duo Ginger and Black perform musical comedy with a dark side and Damian Barr explains why he can often be found in his pyjamas in other people's hotel rooms, clutching a book.

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition, featuring Garrison Keillor, and Ginger and Black.

    Gavin Pretor-pinney, Tom Hodgkinson, Ben Moor, Emily Berry, Michael Buffong, Don Warrington20131004

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan. This week guests include Gavin Pretor-Pinney and Tom Hodgkinson, authors of The Ukulele Handbook, Ben Moor, the winner of the Forward Prize Best First Collection, Emily Berry, and Michael Buffong and Don Warrington on a new production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.

    If you'd like to book tickets to the recording of The Verb at Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at the Sage, Gateshead visit the Sage's website.

    Gavin Pretor-pinney, Tom Hodgkinson, Ben Moor, Emily Berry, Michael Buffong, Don Warrington20131004

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan. This week guests include Gavin Pretor-Pinney and Tom Hodgkinson, authors of The Ukulele Handbook, Ben Moor, the winner of the Forward Prize Best First Collection, Emily Berry, and Michael Buffong and Don Warrington on a new production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.

    George Pelecanos/psychopoetica/sparks/cern Lexicon
    George Szirtes On His Latest Collection20081205

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include poet George Szirtes and author Steven Hall.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include George Szirtes, who talks about his latest collection of poems, which bring together work old and new.

    Born in Hungary, Szirtes came to Britain in 1956 and works as a poet, translator, writer and librettist, and he won the Ts Eliot Prize for his collection of poems Reel in 2005.

    Plus a new commission, written especially for the programme by author Steven Hall, whose science fiction thriller debut The Raw Shark Texts imagines a man on the run from a conceptual shark that wants to eat his personality.

    Graham Coxon And Toby Litt *20090403

    Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the cabaret of language from the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House.

    As Blur announce their eagerly anticipated reunion, Ian's guests include singer-songwriter and former guitarist with the band Graham Coxon, with songs from his new album.

    Plus novelist Toby Litt, who takes a dog's-eye view of literature, as seen through the eyes of Toto, Lassie, Bullseye and other famous literary dogs.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include ex-Blur guitarist Graham Coxon and novelist Toby Litt

    Graham Swift20090327

    Ian Mcmillan's weekly cabaret of language features Booker Prize-winner Graham Swift - author of novels including Last Orders and Waterland - revealing a little-discussed aspect of his writing - his poetry.

    There is also be a chance to hear a rare interview with dissident Lithuanian poet and translator Tomas Venclova.

    Stripped of Soviet citizenship for his political views in 1977, he was forced into exile.

    His latest collection, The Junction, reflects on the aftermath of totalitarianism in his native country.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist Graham Swift and Lithuanian poet Tomas Venclova.

    Gwyneth Lewis, Sarah Manguso, Raymond Tallis, Kevin Jackson20110204

    Ian McMillan is in search of words with verve for The Verb. This week, in a special themed edition he explores narratives of illness or pathographies with the poet Gwyneth Lewis and the memoirist Sarah Manguso. The poet, philosopher and former medic Raymond Tallis reflects on the importance of stories about sickness for the medical community, patients and the wider reader. Neil Vickers who teaches on the first MA in Literature and Medicine and focusses on journalism, blogs and new boundaries in terms of discussing disease and medical procedures. And, Verb regular Kevin Jackson on the work of Susan Sontag, Thom Gunn and others who've written about illness in an illuminating way.

    Ian McMillan is in search of words with verve for The Verb.

    This week, in a special themed edition he explores narratives of illness and case histories with the poet Gwyneth Lewis and the memoirist Sarah Manguso.

    The poet, philosopher and former medic Raymond Tallis reflects on the importance of stories about sickness for the medical community, patients and the wider reader.

    And, Verb regular Kevin Jackson on the work of Susan Sontag, Thom Gunn and others who've written about illness in an illuminating way.

    Ian McMillan explores narratives of illness.

    Haitian Writing/evie Wyld/bill Griffiths/lawrence Venuti
    Hay Festival20150529

    Hay Festival20150529

    The Verb is at the Hay Festival.

    Ian McMillan's guests in Hay-on-Wye include Stephen Fry, who is the president of the festival. Stephen recently published the third volume of his autobiography 'More Fool Me' (Penguin). For The Verb, he will be talking about his love of U.A.Fanthorpe.

    The novelist Irvine Welsh's latest book is 'A Decent Ride' (Vintage), which brings back the character of 'Juice' Terry Lawson from his 2002 novel 'Glue'. 'A Decent Ride' has been shortlisted for the 2015 Wodehouse prize for comic fiction.

    The award-winning biographer Daisy Hay describes the relationship between Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli in her new book 'Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance' (Chatto)

    There's music from home-grown country talent Sasha McVeigh, who returns to her home town fresh from Nashville where she recorded her debut album 'I Stand Alone'.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    Part of Radio 3's week-long residency at the Hay Festival, with programmes CD Review, Lunchtime Concert, In Tune, Free Thinking, The Essay and World on 3 all broadcasting from the festival.

    Hay Festival20150529

    The Verb is at the Hay Festival.

    Ian McMillan's guests in Hay-on-Wye include Stephen Fry, who is the president of the festival. Stephen recently published the third volume of his autobiography 'More Fool Me' (Penguin). For The Verb, he will be talking about his love of U.A.Fanthorpe.

    The novelist Irvine Welsh's latest book is 'A Decent Ride' (Vintage), which brings back the character of 'Juice' Terry Lawson from his 2002 novel 'Glue'. 'A Decent Ride' has been shortlisted for the 2015 Wodehouse prize for comic fiction.

    The award-winning biographer Daisy Hay describes the relationship between Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli in her new book 'Mr and Mrs Disraeli: A Strange Romance' (Chatto)

    There's music from home-grown country talent Sasha McVeigh, who returns to her home town fresh from Nashville where she recorded her debut album 'I Stand Alone'.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence

    Part of Radio 3's week-long residency at the Hay Festival, with programmes CD Review, Lunchtime Concert, In Tune, Free Thinking, The Essay and World on 3 all broadcasting from the festival.

    Hay Festival 201320130531

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan. Recorded at the Hay Festival, with guests Rupert Thompson, Menna Elfyn and Tiffany Murray.

    Hay Festival 201620160603

    The Verb recorded in front of an audience at the 2016 Hay Festival. Ian's guests include singer-songwriter Danielle Lewis. Danielle is a folk-pop singer who performs in both Welsh and English, and is part of the BBC Radio Cymru/Arts Council Wales 'Horizon' scheme to promote emerging musical talent in Wales.

    We also hear from the Australian novelist Peter Carey, twice winner of the Booker Prize, who will be reading from his latest novel 'Amnesia' and Tahmima Anam, who was chosen as one of Granta's 'Best of Young British Novelists'. She has just published 'The Bones of Grace', a novel about a young woman searching for love and identity in America and Bangladesh.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Hay Festival 201620160603

    Hay Festival: Karl Ove Knausgaard, Philip Ardagh20140530

    Ian McMillan presents the 'Cabaret of the Word' from the Hay Festival. He is joined by Karl Ove Knausgaard, who's been called the 'Norwegian Proust' and Philip Ardagh, one of our most celebrated children's authors, with a special commission for The Verb on the 'Language of Beards', as well as singer-songwriter Emmy the Great and Tishani Doshi who is reading from her reworking of the Welsh epic The Mabinogion.

    Helen Dunmore, Fiona Shaw, Kate Tempest, Jesca Hoop20120706

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' from the Radio Theatre. His guests include Helen Dunmore, Fiona Shaw, Kate Tempest and Jesca Hoop.

    Helen Dunmore is astonishingly versatile; she's an award-winning novelist, children's author and a remarkable poet. She'll be sharing work from her new poetry collection 'The Malarkey'. The title poem won the National Poetry Competition.

    Fiona Shaw is one of our best-loved actresses, winning multiple Olivier awards for her ground-breaking performances. She'll be inviting people across the UK to nominate and record their favourite love poems for a coastal art installation called 'Peace Camp'. As part of this installation, eight murmuring, glowing encampments (where you'll hear poetry recited) will appear simultaneously at remote coastal locations from County Antrim to the tip of Cornwall.

    Kate Tempest writes rhymes, lyrics, poems, prose and plays. She began at 16, rapping in battles across London, and began performing spoken word at 21. She's performed her writing on stages all over the world, from Latvia to New York, as well as playing all the major UK and European music festivals, including Glastonbury.Her first full length poetry book 'Everything Speaks in its Own Way' has just been published.

    Jesca Hoop is a singer-songwriter who was born in California, but comes to the Radio Theatre by way of Manchester. Her music's been acclaimed by the likes of Tom Waits, who described it as evoking the experience of 'going swimming in a lake at night'. Her new album is 'The House That Jack Built'.

    Helen Dunmore, Ruth Fainlight, Santiago Roncagliolo20101203

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing.

    This week Ian's guests include Helen Dunmore, who reads a brand new commission written specially for the programme.

    Known as a novelist, poet and writer for children, Helen Dunmore has created a geeky futuristic romance for The Verb.

    The distinguished poet Ruth Fainlight describes how it feels to have fifty years' worth of your writing collected in a single, weighty volume.

    The Peruvian writer Santiago Roncogliolo describes writing in the shadow of the Peruvian Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and discusses the literature of Peru with Ian Mcmillan.

    And 100 years to the month after Virginia Woolf said that human character changed irrevocably in December 1910, her biographer Hermione Lee joins Ian to explain why.

    Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    Helen Dunmore with a new commission and poet Ruth Fainlight.

    Hong Ying, George Szirtes, Michel Faber, Holly Pester20141017

    Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include the internationally bestselling Chinese author Hong Ying, whose books include 'K: The Art of Love' (Penguin) and her memoir 'Daughter of the River' (Bloomsbury).

    We continue our series looking at the language of Instruction Manuals with a new commission from sound poet Holly Pester.

    Poet George Szirtes explains why his fellow countrymen think that Winnie the Pooh is much better translated into Hungarian.

    And novelist Michel Faber explains why he came up with a new language for his latest novel which is about a Christian missionary in space.

    Ian Martin/arto Vaun/school Of Night/margaret Tait
    Ian Mcewan Special20141226

    Ian McMillan presents an extended interview with Ian McEwan for The Verb, in which he shares his writing process, from the skill of crafting an opening paragraph that will allow the story to emerge , to the language he uses to represent intimacy and the body. He also explores the status of poetry and song in novels like 'Saturday' and 'The Children Act'.

    Ian Mcmillan At Southbank Centre20140321

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word' at London's Southbank Centre with guests including the Booker Prize winning novelist John Banville, the actress Lesley Sharp on 'A Taste of Honey', and actor Phil Daniels and writer Sarah Churchwell on the Jacobean play 'Knight of The Burning Pestle'.

    Ian Mcmillan At Southbank Centre20140328

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' from London's Southbank Centre, with guests Christopher Green, Joel Stickley and Antonio Carluccio.

    Ian Rankin, Chuck Palahniuk, Helen Mort, Matthew Halsall, Josephine20131115

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' with guests Ian Rankin, Chuck Palahniuk, Helen Mort, Matthew Halsall and Josephine.

    Ian Rankin, Chuck Palahniuk, Helen Mort, Matthew Halsall, Josephine20131115

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' with guests Ian Rankin, Chuck Palahniuk, Helen Mort, Matthew Halsall and Josephine.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Imtiaz Dharker, The Barr Brothers, Simon Rich20141024

    Ian's guests include the poet and film-maker Imtiaz Dharker, whose latest collection 'Over The Moon' has just been published by Bloodaxe.

    The humorist Simon Rich's latest collection of short stories is 'Spoiled Brats' (Serpent's Tail). For 'The Verb', Simon offers a satirical portrait of a louche swimming pool attendant as part of our series on instruction manuals.

    Canadian folk quartet The Barr Brothers perform from their new album 'Sleeping Operator' (Secret City), and talk to Ian about how to write about love when you give up giving up on it.

    Insomnia Special20061028

    Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the weekly language and literature cabaret devoted to the subject of insomnia.

    The centrepiece is a new play commissioned by

    Artangel and written by Janice Kerbel - Nick Silver Cant Sleep, a love story narrated by plants who only wake at night, starring Rufus Sewell, Josette Simon and Fiona Shaw

    Inua Ellams, Cate Le Bon, Ira Lightman, Carrie Etter20120427

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word, with performances from spoken word artist Inua Ellams -whose show 'Black T-Shirt Collection' is on tour, and singer Cate Le Bon who's described her new album 'Cyrk' as a 'a time travelogue that continually hearkens back to the sea'.

    Ian is also joined by Carrie Etter and Ira Lightman to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the death of American poet Hart Crane - and to explore the pleasures of 'difficult' poetry.

    Poetry Proms Competition coming soon... see website for details.

    Ian McMillan is joined by Inua Ellams, Cate Le Bon, Ira Lightman and Carrie Etter.

    Inua Ellams, Will Abberley20150424

    Inua Ellams, Will Abberley20150424

    Ian's guests on 'the cabaret of the word' include poet and playwright Inua Ellams, whose latest show 'The Spalding Suite' is inspired by UK basketball sub-culture.

    The Verb's 'punctuation czar', Will Abberley is back to shed light on the history of the exclamation mark.

    Inua Ellams, Will Abberley20150424

    Ian's guests on 'the cabaret of the word' include poet and playwright Inua Ellams, whose latest show 'The Spalding Suite' is inspired by UK basketball sub-culture.

    The Verb's 'punctuation czar', Will Abberley is back to shed light on the history of the exclamation mark.

    Isy Suttie, Lavinia Murray20140620

    Ian McMillan's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include the performer and comedian Isy Suttie, who is looking at private family speech for our series on Secret Languages, and dramatist Lavinia Murray, with her short drama based on the diaries of Ysabel Birkbeck, a WWI ambulance driver.

    Jackie Kay, Jean Sprackland, Jane Feaver, Tom Mcrae2012060120120601 (R3)

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word'. His guests include Jackie Kay whose play 'Manchester Lines' opens on June 12th and is set in a lost property office, Jane Feaver, whose new novel 'An Inventory of Heaven' is a 'meditation on the things we try to hold on to across our lives', the poet Jean Sprackland, who's turned to non-fiction with 'Strands' to record a year of discoveries on the beaches between Ainsdale and Liverpool, and acclaimed singer-songwriter Tom McRae.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Jacob Polley/les Murray20100430

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of new writing and the spoken word, this week featuring a brand new commission from the novelist Jacob Polley and an interview with poet Les Murray.

    With Ian Mcmillan.

    Including a new commission from novelist Jacob Polley.

    Jacqueline Gabbitas, Anna Robinson, Stuart Maconie, Liz Fraser, Emma Bennett20120928

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word'. His guests include Stuart Maconie, Liz Fraser of The Cocteau Twins, performance maker and artist Emma Bennett, and poets Anna Robinson and Jacqueline Gabbitas.

    Deep Dialect

    Is there a new dialect poetry movement? Ian finds out from Anna Robinson (who's come up with a new way to represent the Cockney glottal stop in poetry), and Jacqueline Gabbitas from Worksop, who shares her love of the word is t'other.

    Anna Robinson's 'The Finders of London' is available from Enitharmon, and Jacqueline's Mid Lands is published by Seeing Eye, her new pamphlet Earthworks is out from Stonewood Press.

    Emma Bennett and 'Two Tries Robin'

    Emma performs her birdsong-inspired work live in the studio - where she talks like a bird talking about a bird.

    Invented Languages

    Why have so many writers and musicians invented their own languages? Stuart Maconie traces their history from The Tower of Babel to Simlish.

    Liz Fraser

    Liz Fraser invented her own language as part of 'The Cocteau Twins'. She talks about why she decided to eschew obvious meaning in her lyrics for her trademark transcendent and enigmatic sounds.

    And forthcoming - don't forget to get your free tickets for:

    The Verb at Octoberfest

    11th October

    Doors open 10.30am

    Ian's guests at this recording include The Fast Show's Charlie Higson, who'll be talking about his new zombie novel 'The Sacrifice' and the language of horror. He'll be joined by Blake Morrison who revisits the landscape of his childhood in Yorkshire and evokes the mysterious world of the Pendle Witches in his new book 'A Discoverie of Witches' Helen Mort's poems will explore the musical landscape and heritage of Sheffield, whilst Essex-born performance poet Luke Wright will be explaining why Jake Thackray (a Leeds songwriter in love with French chanson) has been such an influence on his work.

    Follow this link for tickets:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/shows/shows/octoberfest_2012

    or contact The Crucible Box Office: 0114 249 6000.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    James Lasdun, Ben Schott, Chris Bartlett20140221

    Ian McMillan's guests include James Lasdun, who will explore the writing process for both prose and poetry, Ben Schott on the pleasures of German compound nouns and dramatist Chris Bartlett.

    James Patterson And Gillian Clarke *20090424

    Ian Mcmillan talks to bestselling novelist James Patterson about thriller writing, discussing subjects including what makes the perfect thriller, how many twists and cliffhangers are needed to keep readers' interest and how to create the perfect

  • hero and the perfect villain.

    plus wales's national poet Gillian Clarke reading from her latest collection, zimbabwean novelist brian chikwava, author of harare north, with a new short

  • programme and music in gaelic from alyth.

    Ian Mcmillan talks to bestselling thriller writer james patterson and poet gillian clark

  • story written specially for the

  • James Robertson, Tom Chatfield, Nathan Jones, Karen McCarthy Woolf20141121

    Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include novelist James Robertson. in 2013, James wrote a story every day. Collected in '365 Stories', each story is 365 words long.

    Technology theorist and author of 'Netymology', Tom Chatfield examines the truth behind 'The Cloud'

    Nathan Jones from Liverpool arts collective Mercy presents a new 'language event' on the theme of convergence.

    The Poet Karen McCarthy Woolf reads from her latest collection 'An Aviary of Small Birds'.

    James Yorkston, Polarbear, Sophie Hannah, John Hegley20130208

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' from Gorilla in Manchester with James Yorkston, Polarbear, Sophie Hannah and John Hegley

    Jarvis Cocker, Kapka Kassabova, Diego Marani, John Kinsella20111028

    Jarvis Cocker is widely regarded as one of the most original and memorable lyricists and performers of recent decades.

    He talks to Ian McMillan about his first book, a collection of lyrics, Mother, Brother, Lover - which he has selected and annotated himself.

    Diego Marani is a senior linguist at the European Union and writes a column for a Swiss newspaper about current affairs in Europanto, a language that he has invented.

    We'll hear extracts from his work in Europanto, and he'll describe how he devised the language.

    Australian poet John Kinsella reads from his new book Armour.

    And poet and travel writer Kapka Kassabova is fascinated with the global subculture of Tango - and writes and reads a new commission especially for the Verb, and takes us through the language of the dance.

    Musician Jarvis Cocker discusses his lyrics and John Kinsella presents new poetry.

    Jean 'binta' Breeze, Niven Govinden, Peter Blegvad20110603

    Ian McMillan returns to the Verb literary salon with the best of new writing including poems in performance from Jean 'Binta' Breeze.

    Niven Govinden presents a short story about the unseen night work which goes on in tropical beach resorts and an Eartoon extravaganza by Peter Blegvad.

    Ian McMillan presents the best of new writing including poems from Jean 'Binta' Breeze.

    Jen Hadfield *20090619

    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language, which includes a collaboration between Ts Eliot Prize winner Jen Hadfield, and electronic musician and songwriter Leafcutter John.

    The result of several months' work, it combines local dialect spoken by residents of Hadfield's native Shetland with the innovative musicianship of Leafcutter John.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include Ts Eliot Prize winner Jen Hadfield.

    Jo Shapcott, Christos Tsiolkas, Peter Blegvad20100702

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring new poetry from Jo Shapcott; fiction from Australian novelist Christos Tsiolkas and an Eartoon from Peter Blegvad...

    Ian Mcmillan presents new poetry by Jo Shapcott and fiction from Christos Tsiolkas.

    Joanne Harris, Rosie Dastgir, John Lucas, Allan Chatburn20140207

    Ian McMillan's guests are the writers Joanne Harris and Rosie Dastgir, and he'll also be exploring the art of whistling with John Lucas and Allan Chatburn.

    Joe Dunthorne, Gilli Bloodaxe, Verb New Voices20110701

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the word, with a spooky new story from Joe Dunthorne.

    Joe won praise for his sharp and funny account of male adolescent angst in his first novel Submarine, which he wrote at the age of twenty-six.

    Joe's also a Faber young poet.

    There's music and avant garde poetry from sound artist Gilli Bloodaxe.

    in his work as an artist, Bloodaxe takes on the persona of a Viking, and his work is attempting to make sense of the madness he's found in the twenty first century.

    And there's more from The Verb's new voices, emergent talent on the spoken word poetry scene.

    Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With Joe Dunthorne and sound artist Gilli Bloodaxe.

    Joe Dunthorne/basil Bunting
    Joe Dunthorne/basil Bunting *20090703

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist Joe Dunthorne, author of Submarine, with a new short story written specially for the programme.

    And to coincide with a new edition of the celebrated poem Briggflatts, Ian talks about its author - modernist poet Basil Bunting.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist Joe Dunthorne, with a new short story.

    John Ashbery, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Bryony Kimmings20140523

    Ian McMillan's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' are the award-winning poet John Ashbery on his Collected French Translations screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell Boyce on Chekhov's short stories, and performance artist Bryony Kimmings with her character Catherine Bennett, a palaeontologist pop-star from her 'Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model' show.

    John Irving/frank Cottrell Boyce/free Thinking 2009/oed Historical Thesaurus
    John Kinsella20100618

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring brand new verse drama from Australian poet John Kinsella.

    Producer: Hilary Dunn.

    Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    Featuring new verse drama from Australian poet John Kinsella.

    Jon Boden, Kachi A Ozumba20101126

    This week Ian's guests include Jon Boden who has set himself the task of recording a new version of a traditional song every day for a year and making it available on the web.

    And, the Nigerian writer Kachi A.Ozumba reads a brand new story specially written for The Verb

    Producers Erin Riley and Dymphna Flynn.

    Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    With Jon Boden and Nigerian writer Kachi A Ozumba.

    Jon Gnarr, John Mcauliffe, Alison Peck20140926

    Ian's guests on the 'Cabaret of the Word' include Jon Gnarr's, who's varied career has seen him work as an actor, a comedian, and until recently he was the Mayor of Reykjavík. Gnarr has recently published 'Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World' (Melville House), and for The Verb Gnarr looks into how political language can be made interesting.

    We launch a new series examining the language of Instruction Manuals. Technical writer Alison Peck advises on how to write a good guide, and the poet John McAuliffe presents the first in a series of responses to Instruction Manuals.

    Jon Mcgregor, Laura Dockrill And Eva Salzman On Science Fiction And Laurie Stas On Cockney Song20110527

    Tonight's programme includes new short stories from Jon McGregor, the shortest of which is just ten words long.

    Jon's first novel, If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things was awarded the Betty Trask Prize and a Somerset Maugham award.

    His writing has been praised for its quiet but lyrical style, which captures the everyday world around us.

    Laura Dockrill reads a letter to Dolly Parton - from Jolene's point of view.

    Poet Eva Salzman, a self confessed science fiction nut as a teenager, visits the new Science Fiction exhibition at the British Library - and in thinking about other realities is inspired to write a new piece of fiction for the Verb.

    And in the month that Chas 'n' Dave bow out of live performances, Ian and musicologist Laurie Stras discuss - is this the end of the Cockney Song?

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With Jon McGregor and Laura Dockrill.

    Jonathan Coe, Beccy Owen, Chris Goode, Christian Roe, Matthew Welton20130913

    Ian McMillan returns with a new series of The Verb, Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performances. With the author Jonathan Coe, musician Beccy Owen,

    director Chris Goode, actor Christian Roe and poet Matthew Welton.

    Download the podcast to hear an more of Matthew's poetry, and an extra song from Beccy:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/theverb.

    Jonathan Lethem/Chekhov Short Story Competition/Elvis at 75/John Ashbery20100108

    Jonathan Lethem/Chekhov Short Story Competition/Elvis at 75/John Ashbery20100108

    Chekhov Short Story competition

    Novelist Janice Galloway launches The Verb's brand new writing competition with some advice for would-be Chekhovs, and writer and critic Zinovy Zinik tries to pin down the magical elements of the Chekhov short story. Please see our front page for competition details and terms and conditions.

    Jonathan Lethem

    The author of The Fortress of Solitude and Chronic City tells Ian why we should avoid reading famous novelists in favour of their more obscure contemporaries. Check out Jonathan's reading list below.

    John Ashbery

    The veteran of the New York School of poetry reflects on his fifty-year writing career and reads from his new collection, Planisphere.

    Elvis at 75

    Guardian music writer Laura Barton considers the poignant legacy of Elvis Presley's fame, on what would have been The King's 75th birthday.

    Jonathan Lethem/john Ashbery *20100108

    Ian McMillan's cabaret of the spoken word features novelist Jonathan Lethem and a rare interview with the celebrated American avant-garde poet John Ashbery, who reflects on half a century of writing.

    Ian McMillan meets novelist Jonathan Lethem and avant-garde American poet John Ashbery.

    Jonathan Taylor, George Dawes Green, Daniel Morden, Christine McMahon20130920

    Radio 3's cabaret of language celebrates True Tales with the author Jonathan Taylor, the founder of The Moth, George Dawes Green and storytellers Daniel Morden and Christine McMahon.

    Joshua Ferris *20100226

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    Novelist Joshua Ferris reflects on literary representations of the soul.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    With novelist Joshua Ferris.

    Julian Barnes20160408

    In a special extended interview Ian McMillan takes the Booker prize winning novelist Julian Barnes through his varied career.

    Julian Barnes20160408

    Julian Barnes, Marry Waterson, Carys Davies, Frank Mccabe20151204

    Ian's guests on the Cabaret of the Word include author Julian Barnes, singer Marry Waterson, short story writer Carys Davies and Frank McCabe

    Carys Davies is the author of the short story collection 'The Redemption of Galen Pike' (Salt), winner of the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered prize and the International Frank O'Connor Short Story Award.

    Frank McCabe is one of the BBC Writersroom 10 and the author of 'Tongues', the latest in our series of short dramas on the theme of revolution.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Julian Cope, Maggie Gee, Ruth Keggin, The High Wood20140627

    Ian McMillan's guests on the 'Cabaret of the word' include the singer Julian Cope on his debut novel, '131', Maggie Gee on Virginia Woolf and singer Ruth Keggin on reinvigorating Manx Gaelic through music. The dramatist Iain Findlay Macleod presents the next in our series of short dramas about WWI, 'The High Wood'.

    June Tabor, Tom Mccarthy20101210

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word live from the Radio Theatre.

    He's joined by the doyenne of traditional music June Tabor.

    As an interpreter of song and a former librarian June Tabor has always said that the words are as important to her as the music.

    For The Verb she'll be performing work from her new album.

    And, Tom McCarthy, the writer and conceptual artist, introduces a new radio poem using techniques which inspired him to write his Man Booker shortlisted novel 'C'.

    The American poet Charles Olsen was born 100 years ago.

    Iain Sinclair presents a beginner's guide to this difficult, influential wordsmith.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word live from the BBC Radio Theatre.

    Justin Cartwright, Anthony Browne, Bella Hardy, Arto Vaun Payaslian20110422

    Ian McMillan offers the best writing around in Radio 3's language cabaret.

    With the novelist Justin Cartwright who reads and discusses a new piece commissioned by The Verb.

    Children's laureate Anthony Browne discusses marrying words and pictures in his books for children.

    Bella Hardy performs material from her new album Songs Lost and Stolen.

    And, Arto Vaun Payaslian introduces contemporary Armenian poetry in the shadow of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With Justin Cartwright, Anthony Browne and Arto Vaun Payaslian.

    Kate Rusby, Helen Farish, Fiona Evans20121123

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' presented by Ian McMillan, with guests Kate Rusby and Helen Farish and Fiona Evans.

    Singer Kate Rusby on her writing process, why she thinks 'rhymes could power cars !', why the sea so often features in her lyrics, and her experience of collaborating with Paul Weller, amongst other artists, for her new album '20'.

    Poet Helen Farish on the pleasures and difficulties of capturing music in language, writing from imagination, and her new collection 'Nocturnes at Nohant' (Bloodaxe), which explores the relationship between Chopin and the novelist George Sand. Pianist Sarah Gait performs Chopin's Prelude no 17 and his Nocturne in C Sharp Minor to accompany the poems.

    Playwright Fiona Evans with a new commission, 'Rooftop Romeo' - a drama inspired by a residency on hospital wards and with nurses working in the community. Fiona shares her experience of writing about people suffering from dementia, and how they engage with poetry and music.

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' presented by Ian McMillan, with guests Kate Rusby and Helen Farish.

    Kenneth Steven *20091120

    Ian Mcmillan is joined by poet Kenneth Steven, who reads from A Song among the Stones, his new cycle of poems written specially for the programme.

    Ian Mcmillan introduces a new commission from poet Kenneth Steven

    Kevin Barry, Ross Sutherland2012060820120608 (R3)

    'No Dave I can't do that'... on The Verb this week, Ross Sutherland explores what computers can do for poetry, authors Kevin Barry and Emily Perkins talk about the 'tightrope walk of the short story' vs the novel, and lo-fi legend and the US father of 'home-recording' R.Stevie Moore shares his spoken and sung words with Ian McMillan.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Laura Veirs, Benjamin Markovits, Alex Horne20120203

    This week on Radio 3's cabaret of the word, Ian McMillan is joined by singer songwriter Laura Veirs, who performs songs and lullabies for children from her new album Tumble Bee. Also in studio is novelist Benjamin Markovits, with a brand new short story, Sleeping Arrangements, about growing up and sexual awakening in Texas; and writer and comedian Alex Horne delves into the language of childhood.

    Ian McMillan's guests include Laura Veirs, Benjamin Markovits and Alex Horne

    Lawrence Sail, Sunjeev Sahota, Ginger And Black, Ammon Shea20101224

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's smorgasbord of language, performance and brand new writing.

    This week the poet Lawrence Sail, who has written a Christmas poem for the last thirty six years, reads seasonal verse and explains the challenge of saying something new year after year.

    First-time novelist Sunjeev Sahota reads from a work in progress and introduces his first novel 'Ours Are The Streets' the story of Imtiaz, a would-be suicide bomber.

    The acerbic comedy musical duo Ginger and Black offer an alternative to Christmas schmalz.

    And, Ammon Shea reveals the humorous and strange history of the humble phone book.

    Ian McMillan presents.

    Leila Aboulela, Padgett Powell, Peter Blegvad, Anthology Of Rap20101217

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best writing of all kinds.

    In this edition, the novelist Leila Aboulela reads a brand new commission for The Verb.

    And, she tells the story of her Uncle Hassan Awad Abouleleh a popular lyrical poet in his day who inspired her new novel Lyrics Alley.

    Ian Mcmillan asks the American writer Padgett Powell to explain why he decided to write 'The Interrogative Mood' a book made up entirely of questions.

    Verb regulars Peter Blegvad and Kevin Jackson are are having a dinner party inspired by Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, the C18th gastronome whose book 'The Physiology of Taste' is a classic compendium on the pleasures of the table And, the first anthology of rap lyrics is reviewed by former rapper Doc Brown and the editor of Poetry Review, Fiona Sampson.

    Do the beats and rhymes of one of the most influential cultural forces of the last thirty years actually work on the page?

    Producer: Erin Riley and Dymphna Flynn.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring novelist Leila Aboulela.

    Les Murray, Loan Words, Glyn Maxwell, Aminatta Forna
    Letting Go Is Good for You20131101

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' from the Free Thinking Festival. The theme is 'Letting go is good for you!'. His guests include Daljit Nagra, Kate Fox, Nadine Shah, Michael Smith and Maxy Neil Bianco.

    BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival takes place at Sage Gateshead 25-27 October and is broadcast for three weeks on Radio 3 from Friday 25 October.

    Letting Go Is Good For You20131101

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' from the Free Thinking Festival. The theme is 'Letting go is good for you!'. His guests include Daljit Nagra, Kate Fox, Nadine Shah, Michael Smith and Maxy Neil Bianco.

    BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival takes place at Sage Gateshead 25-27 October and is broadcast for three weeks on Radio 3 from Friday 25 October.

    Lionel Shriver/fado Poetry20100423

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring a brand new commission from celebrated novelist Lionel Shriver and a discussion of Fado poetry.

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, talking to guest Lionel Shriver

    Live From Broadcasting House
    Live from Broadcasting House20100129

    Live from Broadcasting House20100129

    Rebecca Lenkiewicz

    The first living female playwright to have a play - Her Naked Skin - performed on the National Theatre's Olivier Stage, Rebecca is also the author of Shoreditch Madonna; A Soldier's Tale and The Night Season. She presents a brand new commission written specially for the programme.

    Luke Wright

    Poet-in-residence on Radio Four's Saturday Live, Luke Wright is a winner of the Time Out Critics' Circle Award and "the hard-working heir to John Hegley", according to The Guardian. He performs new work from his show The Petty Concerns of Luke Wright.

    The Factory

    Specialising in improvised versions of celebrated plays, The Factory have been called "super cool" and "unforgettable" by critics. As part of Radio 3's ongoing Chekhov celebrations, they give his play The Seagull the unique Factory treatment.

    Toby Litt

    Novelist Toby Litt presents another of his much-loved Verb Guides, this time to 17th-century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho's famous 'frog haiku':

    Faru ike ya

    kawazu tobikomu

    mizu no oto

    Tune in to hear it in English!

    Christopher Reid

    The winner of the 2009 Costa Book Award discusses his moving poetry collection The Scattering.

    Live From The Radio Theatre - Chris Difford, Jane Harris, Adisa The Verbaliser, Toby Litt20110506

    Poet, broadcaster and Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan presides over another evening of words with verve live from the Radio Theatre in London.

    Singer-songwriter Chris Difford from Squeeze performs two songs, writer Jane Harris reads a new commissioned work, there's rap from Adisa the Verbaliser - and Toby Litt presents a guide to aphorisms accompanied by tap dancer Simeon Weedall from Stomp.

    Producer : Erin Riley.

    Ian McMillan live from the Radio Theatre with Chris Difford, Jane Harris and Toby Litt

    London Underground 150th Anniversary20130111

    In honour of the London Underground's 150th anniversary, Ian McMillan and his guests celebrate writing on and about transport. Ian's guests are William Leith, Isy Suttie, Michelle Green and Karen Campbell.

    Louise Gluck, Jeet Thayil, Ben Crystal And David Crystal, Will Abberley20141205

    Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include Jeet Thayil, Louise Glück, Will Abberley and David Crystal & Ben Crystal

    As part of our series examining 'Foreign Books in a Foreign Land', Jeet Thayil looks at the popularity of 'Mein Kampf' in India.

    The former US Poet Laureate Loiuse Glück reads from 'Faithful and Virtuous Night', a sequence of journeys and explorations through time and memory

    Will Abberley, one of Radio 3's New Generation Thinkers, explores the appeal of 'the dash', once considered 'sloppy' punctuation.

    And David and Ben Crystal unmask Received Pronunciation.

    Luke Kennard, Bill Wells, Aidan Moffat20150410

    Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include the poet Luke Kennard and Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat with songs from their new album, 'The Most Important Place in the World'.

    Luke Kennard, Geraldine Monk, Jeffrey Wainwright20121207

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' presented by Ian McMillan, with poets Luke Kennard, Geraldine Monk and Jeffrey Wainwright.

    Lydia Davis, Clive Wilmer20140404

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with guests including Man Booker International Prize winner Lydia Davis.

    Lynne Truss, Nancy Elizabeth, Nicholas Royle, Irna Qureshi20140418

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with guests Lynne Truss - on writing a novel in the voice of a cat, Irna Qureshi on speaking Bradford Asian English, Nicholas Royle on books he has almost given away, and the singer Nancy Elizabeth.

    Maggie Gee, Paul Heaton, Paul Muldoon, John Bevis20101119

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry and new writing.

    Ian's guests this week include Maggie Gee who performs a work in progresss, a monologue written for the ear.

    This is a new direction for the novelist who's recently been inspired to move towards drama.

    And, the singer songwriter Paul Heaton, formerly of The Housemartins and The Beautiful South, reflects on forging a solo career.

    The poet Paul Muldoon takes Ian Mcmillan through the job of building his new collection Maggot, line by line.

    And, John Bevis who has written a lexicon of bird sounds and songs explores why the words of birds are so inspiring to writers, singers and the rest of us.

    Producers: Erin Riley and Dymphna Flynn.

    Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    With novelist Maggie Gee and singer-songwriter Paul Heaton.

    Manchester International Festival20150703

    The Cabaret of the word comes this week from the Pavilion Theatre at the Manchester International Festival.

    Marina Lewycka, Stella Duffy, Chibundu Onuzo, Jonny Trunk20120309

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word, presented by Ian McMillan.

    Novelist Marina Lewycka talks about Gerrard Winstanley's standing as one of the most significant prose writers and radical thinkers of early modern England. After the Civil War, England was a fecund ground for new ideas, attitudes and actions and Winstanley and the Diggers were pioneers of 'direct action' and communal living.

    Jonny Trunk is interested in retro culture in the information age; and talks to Ian about the re-issue of Seasons - a CD made by the Radiophonic Workshop in the 1960s for 'music and movement' classes in schools. It's a mix of unexpected electronics, percussion and poetry by Ronald Duncan.

    Stella Duffy looks at her bookshelf and talks about how writers use them to set up the work that follows. She guides us through some of the prologues in literature, from the most famous - Chaucer's prologue to the Canterbury Tales - to The Taming of the Shrew, where Shakespeare reassures the audience that what they're about to see is just a play within a play, to Erica Jong's Fanny where the author must interrupt her prologue to attend to a sick dog, leaving the reader to peek at the work she's left on her desk.

    And there's new writing from Chibunda Obundu, a twenty-year-old student from London who's just published her first novel. She reads Easter Sunday, a story set in her native Nigeria and especially commissioned for The Verb.

    Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

    Ian McMillan is joined by writers Marina Lewycka, Stella Duffy and Chibundu Onuzu.

    Mark Haddon, Frances Leviston, Sarfraz Manzoor, Scouse Dialect20121019

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' with guests Mark Haddon, Frances Leviston, Sarfraz Manzoor, as well as an exploration of 'Scouse' dialect.

    Martin Simpson, Eleanor Bron, Padgett Powell, Ross Raisin20111202

    Martin Simpson is one of our greatest guitarists.

    He performs from his new CD 'Purpose and Grace' live in the studio; and talks about the troubadour tradition and his love of Anglo-American ballads.

    He is especially influenced by the American songwriter Yip Harburg who composed 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow', as well as Banjo Bill Cornett, who in the 1950s championed traditional-music making as people all around him fell for rock and roll.

    Sandeep Parmar talks about the poetry of Hope Mirrlees, whose poem Paris has been hailed as a lost modernist masterpiece.

    Eleanor Bron reads extracts from the poem, which is a journey through one day in post First World War Paris, and was considered by Virginia Woolf as 'obscure, indecent and brilliant'.

    There's new fiction from Ross Raisin, a young writer who's considered one of our most promising authors; one of America's most interesting writers Padgett Powell talks about his new book You and I.

    Produced by Jennifer Chevalier.

    With music from guitarist Martin Simpson and Sandeep Parmar on poetry by Hope Mirrlees.

    Mary Coughlan, Joanne Harris, Daljit Nagra, Rachel Rose Reid20110708

    Ian McMillan takes to the stage again in front of an audience at the Radio Theatre in London with Irish chanteuse Mary Coughlan who explains how she's pulled to songs by the lyrics.

    Novelist Joanne Harris reveals her ongoing passion for the work of Mervyn Peake.

    The poet Daljit Nagra reads from his new collection and the storyteller Rachel Rose Reid with a songstory stretching from the Peasants' Revolt to the G20 protests.

    Ian McMillan takes to the stage again with Mary Coughlan, Daljit Nagra and Joanne Harris.

    Matthew Holness/joe Dunthorne *20091218

    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language live from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, with brand new writing from Perrier Award-winning comedian Matthew Holness.

    Best known as the creator of Titan of Terror , the spoof thriller writer Garth Marenghi, Matthew introduces the audience to a brand new comedy character.

    And unable to resist some festive rapping, poet Joe Dunthorne tries his hand at hip hop - and needs a little help from the audience.

    With Ian Mcmillan.

    Featuring new writing from award-winning comedian Matthew Holness

    Mendelssohn Weekend: Victorian Literature Special20090508

    As part of BBC Radio 3's Mendelssohn Weekend, Ian Macmillan's weekly programme dedicated to poetry and the spoken word explores the literary life of the 19th century, from its grand visions and Romanticism to its more curious and eccentric writers.

    Novelist and The Verb regular Toby Litt talks about some of the lesser-known poet laureates of the period, including Robert Southey, William Wordsworth and the unfortunate Alfred Austin, Tennyson's much-mocked successor, whom Robert Browning dismissed as the 'Banjo Byron'.

    Ergo Phizmiz presents some 'pointballing', his series of eclectic experiments in sound and language, this time with a Victorian flavour and in the spirit of the nonsense poetry of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll.

    And novelist Gregory Norminton, author of Serious Things, reads The Chronic Omnibus, his new Wellsian tale of how the Victorians saw the future.

    Presented by Ian Macmillan.

    Exploring the literary life of the 19th century.

    Michele Roberts, Rachel De-lahay, Sarah Jackson, Rm Hibbert20120511

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word, with Michele Roberts whose new novel 'Ignorance' explores stories that are 'locked away like bluebottles in drawers and kept silent' after a war has ended - 'Writer's Room' playwright Rachel De-Lahay, poet Sarah Jackson - whose new collection 'Pelt' takes the reader on an unsettling journey between infancy and adulthood - and 'technically dazzling and deeply moving' musician and songwriter R.M.Hubbert.

    Poetry Proms Competition coming soon... see website for details.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Millions Poet/wnp Barbellion/beirut 39/black Wine/alice Munro
    National Poetry Day Verb20151009
    National Poetry Day Verb20151009

    For 'National Poetry Day' Ian McMillan presents a special Verb to celebrate 'undersung' poets from the past. His guests John Hegley, Angie Hobbs, Kei Miller and Michael Symmons Roberts will each explain why their chosen poet deserves more love and attention from the British public - Bertolt Brecht and Stevie Smith are just two of the writers whose talents will be sung.

    Neil Labute, Seth Lakeman20100625

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring new short fiction from writer and director Neil LaBute and music from Seth Lakeman...

    Ian Mcmillan presents new short fiction from Neil LaBute and music from Seth Lakeman.

    Neneh Cherry, David Constantine, April de Angelis20150130

    Neneh Cherry, David Constantine, April de Angelis20150130

    Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include Neneh Cherry, David Constantine and April de Angelis.

    The singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry rose to fame with her debut solo album 'Raw Like Sushi', which featured the number 1 single 'Buffalo Stance'. Cherry's latest album is 'Blank Project', and she discusses her songwriting process.

    After the death of Bertolt Brecht, 2,000 poems were discovered, which are now being translated into English for the first time. David Constantine has edited a selection of 78 poems in 'Bertolt Brecht: Love Poems' (Liveright), and discusses what we can learn about Brecht from these personal poems.

    The dramatist April de Angelis has adapted 'The Life and Times of Fanny Hill' for the stage. She tells us about working with erotic language on the stage.

    Neneh Cherry, David Constantine, April de Angelis20150130

    Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include Neneh Cherry, David Constantine and April de Angelis.

    The singer-songwriter Neneh Cherry rose to fame with her debut solo album 'Raw Like Sushi', which featured the number 1 single 'Buffalo Stance'. Cherry's latest album is 'Blank Project', and she discusses her songwriting process.

    After the death of Bertolt Brecht, 2,000 poems were discovered, which are now being translated into English for the first time. David Constantine has edited a selection of 78 poems in 'Bertolt Brecht: Love Poems' (Liveright), and discusses what we can learn about Brecht from these personal poems.

    The dramatist April de Angelis has adapted 'The Life and Times of Fanny Hill' for the stage. She tells us about working with erotic language on the stage.

    New European Writing/Kate Kilalea/Kevin Jackson/Laura Veirs/The poetry of Charles Bukowski20100122

    New European Writing/Kate Kilalea/Kevin Jackson/Laura Veirs/The poetry of Charles Bukowski20100122

    New European Writing

    Novelist Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Lazarus Project, discusses his new collection of the best European short stories, and argues that the quantity of short fiction now being written threatens the survival of the form.

    Best European Fiction 2010, Edited by Aleksandar Hemon, is out now from Dalkey Archive.

    Hennecker's Ditch

    The poet Kate Kilalea presents a brand new cycle of poems, written specially for the programme.

    Epitaphs

    The writer and film-maker Kevin Jackson has been peering at the inscriptions on grave stones for The Verb.

    Laura Veirs

    Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs's album July Flame is shot through with vivid and beautiful nature writing - she explains to Ian how a having a scientist for a father, growing up in Colorado and studying geology all contributed to her unique voice.

    July Flame is out now from Bella Union.

    New European Writing/kate Kilalea/kevin Jackson/laura Veirs/the Poetry Of Charles Bukowski20100122

    New European Writing

    Novelist Aleksandar Hemon, author of The Lazarus Project, discusses his new collection of the best European short stories, and argues that the quantity of short fiction now being written threatens the survival of the form.

    Best European Fiction 2010, Edited by Aleksandar Hemon, is out now from Dalkey Archive.

    Hennecker's Ditch

    The poet Kate Kilalea presents a brand new cycle of poems, written specially for the programme.

    Epitaphs

    The writer and film-maker Kevin Jackson has been peering at the inscriptions on grave stones for The Verb.

    Laura Veirs

    Singer-songwriter Laura Veirs's album July Flame is shot through with vivid and beautiful nature writing - she explains to Ian how a having a scientist for a father, growing up in Colorado and studying geology all contributed to her unique voice.

    July Flame is out now from Bella Union.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    New Towns20160318

    Ian's guests on the cabaret of the word include folk group The Magnetic North with their new album, 'Prospect of Skelmersdale', a project celebrating Britain's New Towns.

    Architectural critic and writer Jonathan Glancey's new book is called 'How to Read Towns and Cities (Bloomsbury). Jonathan examines the language of New Towns - why are they still called 'New' after so many years?

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Nicholson Baker, Nathaniel Mann, Lynne Murphy20140606

    Ian McMillan's guests on the cabaret of the word include the writer Nicholson Baker, whose new novel 'Traveling Sprinkler' updates us on the story of the poet Paul Chowder from his previous book 'The Anthologist'. Performer and composer Nathaniel Mann plays songs inspired by the secret language of robbers, and Lynne Murphy explains some of the differences between British and American Dictionaries.

    Nick Harkaway, Alan Hollinghurst And Toby Litt *20090918

    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly cabaret of language, which includes a new commission from novelist Nick Harkaway, who has re-imagined a much-loved classic as a deep space adventure.

    He reveals which one this is.

    Novelists Alan Hollinghurst and Toby Litt delve into the obsessive world of fiendish literary quiz Nemo's Almanac, and there are haunting songs from the American frontier by singer-songwriter MacGillivray.

    Ian Mcmillan with a commission from Nick Harkaway.

    Plus Alan Hollinghurst and Toby Litt

    Nick Harkaway, Beth Jeans Houghton And The Hooves Of Destiny20120302

    Ian McMillan's much-loved cabaret of the word returns to the Radio Theatre...

    Novelist Nick Harkaway (The Gone Away World) presents an extract from his new novel Anglemaker, read by Tom Hollander.

    The divided selves of Sony Award Winning Eartoonist Peter Blegvad encounter the god of love, Eros, with chaotic consequences.

    Beth Jeans Houghton and her fabulous band The Hooves of Destiny perform songs from their new album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose.

    And poet Gwyneth Lewis presents her new translation of The Tempest into Welsh, performed by Gwawr Loader and Ioan Hefin.

    Ian McMillan with music from Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny.

    Radio 3's cabaret of the word from the BBC Radio Theatre, presented by Ian McMillan, with music from singer songwriter Beth Jeans Houghton and the Hooves of Destiny.

    Nick Harkaway/alex Horne *20090213

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include novelist Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World, with a new commission written specially for the programme, and The Verb's Language Spy Alex Horne, who's been listening in to the language of football chants.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests are novelist Nick Harkaway, and The Verb's language spy Alex Horne

    Nicola Davies, Peter Larkin20151023

    Nicola Davies, Peter Larkin20151023

    Ian McMillan's guests this week include Nicola Davies and Peter Larkin who will be examining how we talk about the big consequences of some of the smallest things on our planet.

    Nicola Davies is a Zoologist and writer whose latest book for children is 'Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes' (Walker). Nicola explains how she finds the language to inform children about something so small, yet so important.

    The poet Peter Larkin is the author of 'Leaves of Field' (Shearsman). In a special commission for The Verb, Peter considers the impact of a catastrophic flood on a single tree.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Nicola Davies, Peter Larkin20151023

    Ian McMillan's guests this week include Nicola Davies and Peter Larkin who will be examining how we talk about the big consequences of some of the smallest things on our planet.

    Nicola Davies is a Zoologist and writer whose latest book for children is 'Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes' (Walker). Nicola explains how she finds the language to inform children about something so small, yet so important.

    The poet Peter Larkin is the author of 'Leaves of Field' (Shearsman). In a special commission for The Verb, Peter considers the impact of a catastrophic flood on a single tree.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Night Lights20030607

    Ian Mcmillan hosts the showcase of new writing and language.

    This late night edition looks at night - the light at night and night-lights.

    There's an evocation of the night in Shetland, which as we approach midsummer is growing lighter, a lament for the lost darkness of the city now it is always lit up, a letter from a lighthouse and an appreciation of the comforting glimmer in the corner of the room, the night-light.

    Northern Lights20151211

    For Radio 3's 'Northern Lights' season, Ian McMillan is looking North. Ian's guests include the linguistic anthropologist Stephen Pax Leonard. Stephen's book 'Arctic Journal' is a chronological poem inspired by a year spent in the most northern permanently inhabited settlement in the world, and much of it was written during three months without sun.

    We have a special commission from the Shetland based poet Jen Hadfield.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    On Form20160219

    Ian McMillan looks at form with guests Claudia Rankine, Don Paterson and AL Kennedy.

    Claudia Rankine's book 'Citizen: An American Lyric' (Penguin) won the 2015 Forward Prize for poetry. Her prose poetry style has raised questions about what poetry is. For Claudia, poetry is any writing concerned with the structure of feelings rather than events. The writer AL Kennedy publishes her new novel 'Serious Sweet' (Jonathan Cape) in May. For AL Kennedy being a writer means 'saying something you have to say in the best possible way'. The poet Don Paterson believes that form is always up for revision. Don Paterson won the Costa Prize for Poetry with his collection '40 Sonnets' (Faber).

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    P J Harvey, Hanif Kureishi, Salena Godden20110325

    Poet, broadcaster and Bard of Barnsley Ian McMillan presides over another evening of words with verve live from the Radio Theatre in London.

    Singer-songwriter PJ Harvey performs material from her new album and explains how war poetry influenced her songs about armed conflicts.

    Hanif Kureishi reads a new essay and the doyenne of the spoken word scene, Salena Godden, takes to the floor.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With PJ Harvey, Hanif Kureishi and Salena Godden.

    Patti Smith, Grayson Perry, Holly Pester, Anthony Horowitz20151127

    Where do you find the permission to be creative? The Verb aims to find out with Patti Smith, Grayson Perry, Anthony Horowitz and Holly Pester.

    Patti Smith has just published her second volume of memoir 'M Train' (Bloomsbury), a book that follows Patti around New York as she writes, reads and drinks coffee.

    Grayson Perry's recent exhibition at the Turner Contemporary in Margate 'Provincial Punk' examined his interests in contemporary Britain from class and taste to war.

    Anthony Horowitz has just published his second James Bond novel 'Trigger Mortis' (Orion). He explains where he gets the permission to take on another writer's most famous character.

    The poet and sound artist Holly Pester examines the phenomenon of 'vocal fry' in a special commission for The Verb.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Paul Durcan/halldor Laxness20091113

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include poet Paul Durcan, who discusses a new collection that spans 40 years of writing.

    Plus the return of the occasional Lost Laureates series, which this time focuses on Icelandic novelist Halldor Laxness.

    Ian Mcmillan talks to poet Paul Durcan about his latest collection.

    Pedro Serrano, Mark Vanhoenacker20150501

    Joining Ian McMillan on Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word' - the Mexican poet Pedro Serrano, and pilot Mark Vanhoenacker on the language of the sky.

    Persuasion20160610

    Ian McMillan's cabaret of the word examines the language of persuasion with guests including the linguist David Crystal, whose new book 'Gift of the Gab' (Yale) examines eloquence from pitch, pace, and prosody to jokes and appropriateness.

    We also hear from academic James Garvey on his new book 'The Persuaders'.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Peter Blegvad, Duke Garwood, Rachel Mars, Nat Tarrab, Paul Gubbins20150320

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Peter Blegvad/wu Ming/darrell Lloyd * *20100115

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring an encounter between Eartoonist Peter Blegvad and the writing collective Wu Ming.

    Ian also introduces fiction from new talent Darrell Lloyd, who has won several Verb writing competitions.

    Ian McMillan's cabaret of the word includes new fiction from Darrell Lloyd.

    Peter Flannery/kachi Ozumba/alec Finlay And Linda France/beccy Owen
    Peter Porter Obituary, Jacob Polley, Polar Bear, City Poems20100430

    Peter Porter obituary.

    Poets Alan Brownjohn and Eva Salzman discuss the life and work of the poet Peter Porter who died last week, asking how his Australian roots and personal tragedy impacted on a body of work which earnt him nearly every major poetry award - from the Forward Prize to the Queen's Medal.

    Jacob Polley

    A brand new commission for the award winning writer and poet Jacob Polley - part myth, part fable and part historical re-imagining, The Bugle explores an encounter between a beggar, a boy and the man in the moon.

    Polar Bear

    Performance poet Polar Bear's new work explores a new form for the spoken word in "Return", a spoken film script set in his home town of Birmingham and reveals what inspired him to explore the link between cinema and poetry.

    City Poems on smartphones

    The Guardian's former new technology correspondent, and poet, Victor Keegan discusses City Poems, a down loadable A-Z of London, which puts poems in the geographical locations which inspired them, a 21st century exploration of the nature of poetry and place.

    Peter Redgrove, Jane Urquhart20120127

    Peter Redgrove is considered on the most important poets of the late twentieth century. His poems celebrate the natural world and the human condition and are known for their visual imagination. As a new edition of his collected poems is published, his biographer and editor Neil Roberts and the novelist Gerard Woodward discuss his life and work.

    Jane Urquhart has written poetry, short fiction but is best known for her novels. She is one of Canada's leading authors - and most award-winning. She reads a new story especially written for the Verb. Jane's won praise for the way she describes the human need to remember and memorialise those who have departed in novels like the Stone Carvers and The Underpainter, which won Canada's most prestigious literary prize, The Governor General's Award.

    Presented by Ian McMillan. With a discussion on the life and work of poet Peter Redgrove.

    Philip Pullman, Hannah Silva, Beverley Nambozo, Graham Mort20131011

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan. This week guests include the author Philip Pullman, playwright and poet Hannah Silva and the writer Beverley Nambozo.

    Philip Pullman, Hannah Silva, Beverley Nambozo, Graham Mort20131011

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' presented by Ian McMillan. This week guests include the author Philip Pullman, playwright and poet Hannah Silva and the writer Beverley Nambozo.

    Pi 30020061202

    This programme celebrates the 300th anniversary of first usage of the Greek letter Pi to define the mathematical constant, with the help of public art poet Ira Lightman.

    Plus arresting performance from Canadian spoken word artist Sean Damian Bruno.

    Playwright Billy Roche, Chuquai Billy - Native American Comedian, Poet James Davies, Proms Poetry Competition20110715

    Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word presented by Ian McMillan. Actor Simone Kirby reads a new story by playwright Billy Roche, about a woman who has run away from her husband in Ireland and he finds her working in a pub in West London. Billy joins Ian from Dublin to discuss the story, and talks about the importance of its setting - the pub, like the story, is called the Dog and Bone. He'll also be explaining how he's bent on preserving the vagaries of the Irish vernacular in his work, because he thinks contemporary Irish voices are changing with outside influences.

    Chuquai Billy is the only Native American stand up comedian in the UK and he performs on the Verb. The humour is self deprecating but Billy says that's developed since he's lived in England rather than intrinsic to his Chocktaw and Lakota Sioux tribal background. He had to 'google' the meaning of his own name as he was never taught it, and was bitterly disappointed to find out it has no connection to the wilds of North America.

    James Davies describes himself as a poet and 'literary activist' and works on the spoken word scene in his home town of Manchester. His new book, Plants, contains 'unmade poems' - poems that he has written in the past and deleted. Like the poem 'Apples'.

    Apples

    Written, typed, altered, deleted.

    Poet Carol Watts joins Ian and James to give a history of the unmade poem.

    And on the first night of the Proms, a reminder about Radio 3's poetry competition. Ian writes a poem inspired by the rarely performed Rossini opera, William Tell; and music critic Susan Hitch talks about the myth of William Tell. To enter the competition, listeners are invited to write a poem based on a piece of music from this year's Prom Concerts.

    Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

    Simone Kirby reads new work by Billy Roche. Plus Chuquai Billy on Native American comedy.

    Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word presented by Ian McMillan.

    Actor Simone Kirby reads a new piece by playwright Billy Roche, about the disintegrating marriage of two Irish immigrants in London.

    Billy joins Ian from Dublin to discuss it, and talks about the importance of its setting - a pub called the Dog and Bone.

    Chuquai Billy performs Native American Comedy and James Davies reads some of his 'unmade poems' - like

    "The Green Bikini - This is not the original title of the poem.

    Deleted on 13th April 2005"

    And poetry enthusiast Carol Watts gives a run down on the form of the unmade poem.

    And on the first night of the Proms, a reminder about Radio 3's poetry competition - all you have to do is write a poem based on a piece of music that's performed at this year's Prom Concerts.

    Simon Kirby reads new work by Billy Roche.

    Plus Chuquai Billy in Native American comedy.

    Poetry Book Club - Tony Harrison20160520

    Throughout 2016 The Verb will be closely examining the work of our finest living poets with our series of 'Poetry Book Clubs', recorded in front of an audience who put their questions to the author. Ian's first guest is Tony Harrison.

    Tony Harrison grew up in working class Leeds, and this background has inspired him throughout his work, from his first collection 'The Loiners', published in 1970, to his controversial narrative poem 'v' and his work for theatre and television. Harrison says 'poetry is all I write, whether for books, or readings, or for the National Theatre, or for the opera house and concert hall, or even for TV.'

    Recorded in front of an invited audience at the University of Newcastle, Ian McMillan asks Tony Harrison to examine his 'Selected Poems' (Penguin), focusing on his 'From The School of Eloquence' sonnets exploring class and education.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Poetry Book Club - Tony Harrison20160520

    Poetry Book Club - Tony Harrison20160520

    Throughout 2016 The Verb will be closely examining the work of our finest living poets with our series of 'Poetry Book Clubs', recorded in front of an audience who put their questions to the author. Ian's first guest is Tony Harrison.

    Tony Harrison grew up in working class Leeds, and this background has inspired him throughout his work, from his first collection 'The Loiners', published in 1970, to his controversial narrative poem 'v' and his work for theatre and television. Harrison says 'poetry is all I write, whether for books, or readings, or for the National Theatre, or for the opera house and concert hall, or even for TV.'

    Recorded in front of an invited audience at the University of Newcastle, Ian McMillan asks Tony Harrison to examine his 'Selected Poems' (Penguin), focusing on his 'From The School of Eloquence' sonnets exploring class and education.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Poetry Book Club - Tony Harrison20160520

    Poetry Lab/joseph Smith20090605

    Ian Mcmillan presents the programme about language, which includes the Poetry Lab.

    Ian talks to Zoe Heller about her passion for novelist Nancy Mitford, and Forward Prize Winner Daljit Nagra has advice for aspiring poets

    There is also a new, moving short story from novelist Joseph Smith, author of The Wolf.

    Ian Mcmillan talks to novelist Zoe Heller and Daljit Nagra has advice for aspiring poets.

    Poetry Parnassus20120629

    Ian McMillan meets some of the literary stars of the Southbank Centre's 'Poetry Parnassus' - it's the biggest poetry festival ever to take place in the UK,and brings together poets and spoken-word artists from all over the world - all nations competing in the Olympics are represented.

    Prison Writing2010100120110311

    Ian McMillan presents another chance to hear a special edition of Radio 3's cabaret of the word, looking at prison writing.

    Long-term prisoner turned writer Noel Smith presents a new commission; academic Molly Murray reveals the history of 16th and 17th century prison writing, and novelist Toby Litt visits Parc Prison in Wales to learn about its innovative creative writing programme, meeting inmates and writer-in-residence Graham Hartill.

    Another chance to hear The Verb investigating creative writing in prison.

    Ian McMillan presents a special edition of Radio 3's cabaret of the word, looking at prison writing.

    Long-term prisoner turned writer Noel Smith presents a brand new commission; academic Molly Murray reveals the history of 16th and 17th century prison writing, and novelist Toby Litt visits Parc Prison in Wales to learn about its innovative creative writing programme, meeting inmates and writer-in-residence Graham Hartill.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's literary programme, focusing on prison writing.

    Proms Poetry Competition, Mohsin Hamid, Taiye Selasi, Joe Bone20110520

    Ian McMillan takes to the airwaves with Radio 3's language cabaret.

    This week, the poet and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen and the poet Ruth Padel launch the Proms Poetry Competition.

    Entrants need to submit poems inspired by music included in this year's Proms and Michael Rosen has had a go himself.

    He'll read a new poem commissioned by The Verb about a piece in the 2011 Proms programme while Ruth Padel introduces some of her favourite poems about music and offers top tips for aspiring poets.

    The author of 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist' Mohsin Hamid introduces a new short story.

    The writer Taiye Selasi makes a plea for fictional portrayals of the African middle-class which she says are lacking in contemporary novels and Joe Bone with an excerpt from a new theatrical piece, Bane 3.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With the Proms Poetry Competition, plus Mohsin Hamid.

    Rebecca Front, Ruth Padel, Caroline Bergvall20140711

    Ian McMillan's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' include the writer and actress Rebecca Front on the language of anxiety. Ruth Padel reads from her new collection 'Learning to Make an Oud in Nazareth', and the London based Norwegian poet Caroline Bergvall presents her new performance work 'Drift'

    There is also the latest in our series of short dramas about WWI, 'Sapper Dorothy' by Janys Chambers, based on the true story of Dorothy Lawrence; the only British woman to fight on the frontline.

    Rebecca Lenkiewicz20090612

    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language, which includes dramatist Rebecca Lenkiewicz, author of Shoreditch Madonna and Her Naked Skin with a new specially-written monologue.

    Plus the band The Leisure Society, nominated for an Ivor Novello Award for their song The Last of the Melting Snow.

    Songwriter Nicholas Hemming tells Ian Mcmillan his rise from bein an unknown to competing with the likes of Elbow for a major music award.

    Ian Mcmillan's guests include dramatist Rebecca Lenkiewicz, with a brand new monologue.

    Rebecca Solnit, Rozi Plain, Richard J Williams20130503

    Ian's guests this week are Rebecca Solnit, SJ Fowler, Richard J Williams and Rozi Plain.

    San Francisco writer Rebecca Solnit is the author of thirteen books about art, landscape, politics, reverie, and memory, including 'A Field Guide to Getting Lost', 'Wanderlust: A History of Walking', and 'Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West (for which she received a Guggenheim). Rebecca reads from 'The Faraway Nearby' (Granta), an 'anti-memoir' rich in magical iconography.

    Poet SJ Fowler performs new work from a touring show called 'Electronic Voice Phenomena', commissioned by 'Mercy' and 'Penned in the Margins'. Thinking about the continuing interest in contacting 'the other side' via devices such as the radio, and sound recordings, has led Steven to explore contemporary attitudes to death via Dadaist techniques, and to challenge traditional ideas of inspiration.

    http://www.electronicvoicephenomena.net/

    Richard J Williams is Professor of Contemporary Visual Cultures at the University of Manchester. He explains how a mid-life crisis led him to write his latest book 'Sex and Buildings- Modern Architecture and the Sexual Revolution' (Reaktion), and to the decision to frame his analysis as a personal journey.

    Celebrated for her 'left of centre, ethereal melodies' Rozi Plain sings 'Humans' from her latest album 'Joined, Sometimes Unjoined' (Fence/Neednowater). She also performs a new song 'Yard'.

    Richard Hawley, Simon Armitage20100507

    A live edition of Radio 3's cabaret of the word with Ian Mcmillan, featuring the celebrated Sheffield singer songwriter Richard Hawley and poet Simon Armitage.

    Producer: Laura Thomas.

    RM Hubbert, Claire Askew20160415

    Ian's guests this week include the Scottish guitarist RM Hubbert. His new album, 'Telling The Trees' (Chemikal) was written in collaboration with eleven female songwriters and vocalists.

    The poet Claire Askew's debut collection is 'This Changes Things' (Bloodaxe). Her collection examines the lives of often marginalised women. And there's more poetry from Greta Bellamacina & Robert Montgomery who present their poetic collaboration 'Points For Time in the Sky'.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    RM Hubbert, Claire Askew20160415

    Rob Colls, Paul Taylor, Stephen Law, Bidisha20130510

    Rob Colls, Paul Taylor, Stephen Law, Bidisha2013051020150227 (R3)

    This week The Verb is looking at the word 'intellectual', the idea of the 'pseudo-intellectual', and the 'public intellectual'.

    Ian's guests are Rob Colls on George Orwell and intellectualism, Paul Taylor on the post-modern, Stephen Law on Pseudo-profundity and Bidisha, whose work-in-progress novel features an intellectual President.

    This programme was first broadcast on 10th May 2013.

    Rob Colls, Paul Taylor, Stephen Law, Bidisha2013051020150227 (R3)

    This week The Verb is looking at the word 'intellectual', the idea of the 'pseudo-intellectual', and the 'public intellectual'.

    Ian's guests are Rob Colls on George Orwell and intellectualism, Paul Taylor on the post-modern, Stephen Law on Pseudo-profundity and Bidisha, whose work-in-progress novel features an intellectual President.

    This programme was first broadcast on 10th May 2013.

    Romany And Traveller Writings20130329

    Ian McMillan looks at writing from Traveller and Romany communities - with guests David Morley, Dan Allum, Candis Nergaard and Sam Lee

    David Morley grew up in the traveller community in Blackpool, and uses Romany language in his poetry. He reads poems from his forthcoming collection, 'The Gypsy and The Poet' (Carcanet), which elaborates on a real encounter between the poet John Clare and a gypsy called Wisdom Smith. David explains how Wisdom Smith came to inspire his work in a rather unusual way.

    Dan Allum runs The Romany Theatre Company, which celebrates Romany culture, and helps to challenge misconceptions about that community. He worked with a group of traveller and non-traveller writers to create a play called 'The Yellow Dress'. It takes as its starting point a traveller woman's experience of lost love during Second World War. The actress Candis Nergaard, who was also one of the writers, performs two extracts from the play.

    'The Yellow Dress' will be touring shortly, details will be posted on the company's website:

    http://www.romanytheatrecompany.com

    Sam Lee is a folk song collector and singer who travels the country unearthing hidden gems. His album 'Ground of its Own' (The Nest Collective), features his versions of songs learnt from travellers. As well as discussing the pleasures of birdsong, Sam performs 'My Ausheen', taught to him by his late mentor, Stanley Robertson, and 'Goodbye My Darling'. Sam has been nominated this year both for the Mercury Music Prize and the Songlines music award.

    Ross Sutherland20100312

    Ian Mcmillan presents a special live edition of Radio 3's cabaret of the word from the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House, with guests including poet and performer Ross Sutherland...

    Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition, with guests including poet Ross Sutherland.

    Roy Fisher, Benjamin Markovits20100611

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring a special 80th birthday interview with poet Roy Fisher and novelist Benjamin Markovits on the relationship between truth and fiction.

    Presented by Ian Mcmillan.

    With poet Roy Fisher and novelist Benjamin Markovits.

    Sara Maitland, Richard Lloyd Parry, Tony Trehy, Phil Smith20140516

    Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word' presented by Ian McMillan. His guests include Sara Maitland on Nathaniel Hawthorne, Richard Lloyd Parry on Japanese ghosts, Tony Trehy on the language of lists. To celebrate Museums at Night, Phil Smith, known as 'Crab-Man' is taking a night walk especially for The Verb.

    Sarah Hall, Anthony Browne20110415

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's language cabaret with a Verb commission from Sarah Hall, the author of The Electric Michaelangelo and How To Paint A Dead Man.

    Singer-songwriter Emmy The Great and poet Jack Underwood celebrate the Dewey Decimal classification system in an excerpt from a new show.

    And, John Schad champions experimental writing and reads from GodotOnSea.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's language cabaret, including a commission from Sarah Hall.

    Sarah Hall, Deborah Levy, John Harle, Josep Lluis Aguilo, Manuel Forcano20131018

    This week The Verb looks at the short story, the saxophone, and Catalan poetry, with Ian's guests Sarah Hall, Deborah Levy, John Harle, Steve Lodder, Josep Lluis Aguilo and Manuel Forcano.

    Sarah Hall, Deborah Levy, John Harle, Josep Lluis Aguilo, Manuel Forcano20131018

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Scottish Edition
    Scottish Edition *20100305

    Ian Mcmillan presents a special Scottish edition of Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring brand new writing from novelist Louise Welsh, poet Liz Lochhead and singer songwriter Aidan Moffat.

    Ian Mcmillan presents a special Scottish edition of Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    Sentimentality20140425

    Ian McMillan is joined by guests Professor John Carey, poet Ross Sutherland, novelist MJ Hyland and singer Barb Jungr to explore why 'sentimentality' in writing was so valued in the 18th century, and has become so taboo in contemporary writing.

    Sentimentality20150313

    Ian McMillan is joined by guests Professor John Carey, poet Ross Sutherland, novelist MJ Hyland and singer Barb Jungr to explore why 'sentimentality' in writing was so valued in the 18th century, and has become so taboo in contemporary writing.

    Shlomo *20090320

    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

    Featuring beatboxer Shlomo, artist in residence at London's Southbank Centre, and a reflection on the sweet tooth of her Scottish homeland by novelist Janice Galloway, author of Clara and the recent memoir This Is Not about Me.

    With Ian Mcmillan.

    Featuring beatboxer Shlomo and novelist Janice Galloway

    Short Story Competition Winners *20090529

    Ian Mcmillan is joined by Radio 3 Breakfast presenter Rob Cowan to announce the winner of The Verb's short story competition.

    Coinciding with the BBC's Poetry Season, Poetry Lab - the cheeky younger brother of Ian Mcmillan's hugely popular Writing Lab - returns, with some of the nation's leading poetic talents leading masterclasses in the finer points of writing poetry.

    This time, Forward Prize winner Daljit Nagra gives advice on how to write the perfect opening to a poem.

    Plus music from George Pringle, and a guide to Arabic literature by celebrated Egyptian novelist and author of The Yacoubian Building, Alaa Al-Aswany.

    Ian Mcmillan and poet Daljit Nagra discuss how to write the perfect opening to a poem.

    Simon Armitage, Josienne Clarke With Ben Walker, Jane Haynes20141010

    Ian's guests include Simon Armitage on putting together 'Paper Aeroplane' his selected poems, folk-music's rising stars Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker with songs which delight in nostalgia, especially as experienced by the young, and psychotherapist Jane Haynes on the mysteries of the anacoluthon sentence, especially as found in Proust.

    Simon Rich, John Bramwell20130215

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with guests Simon Rich and John Bramwell.

    Simone Felice20100416

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring a brand new commission from American songwriter and novelist Simone Felice.

    Ian Mcmillan presents a new commission from songwriter and novelist Simone Felice.

    Sophie Woolley/alex Horne/public Poetry *20090925

    Ian Mcmillan's spoken word cabaret features a new commission from writer and performer Sophie Woolley, an audacious linguistic experiment from the programme's Language Spy Alex Horne, plus poet Alec Finlay on an exciting public poetry project.

    Sophie Woolley/alex Horne/sam Lee And Thomas Mccarthy
    Sounds of Shakespeare20160422

    Ian McMillan hosts late night entertainment in the Radio 3 pop-up studio in the RSC's Other Place theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon with a roundtable of writers celebrating Shakespeare's linguistic fireworks. Benet Brandreth, a rhetoric coach, has written a new novel imagining Shakespeare's lost years and Nell Lyshon imagines a fictional meeting with Spanish literary titan Cervantes who died on the same day in 1616. We also hear from poet Wendy Cope with her new poems, commissioned by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

    Part of Radio 3's Sounds of Shakespeare weekend (22-24th April) celebrating 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

    Sounds of Shakespeare20160422

    Stardust: Three Monologues Of The Dead20020511

    Ian Mcmillan hosts a weekly showcase of new writing and performance.

    Tonight, featuring a work for radio from Irish writer John Banville, `Stardust: Three Monologues of the Dead'.

    Steven Connor, Ron Silliman, Hanna Tuulikki, Richard Lloyd-parry20140314

    Ian's guests include Steven Connor on the language of sobs and stutters, the poet Ron Silliman, composer and perfomer Hanna Tuulikki and Richard Lloyd-Parry.

    Steven Isserlis, David Vann, Alison Carr20110128

    Ian McMillan bursts onto the air with Radio 3's language and literature cabaret.

    This week the cellist Steven Isserlis performs excerpts from his musical fairy stories for children and characterises the distinctive storytelling voice of the cello.

    The novelist David Vann sets out his theory that American writers unconsciously turn to Anglo-Saxon words when they're evoking landscape and scale.

    And writer Alison Carr introduces a new story about a man who has only a million words left to say - as told by his wife, who never stops talking.

    Producer: Erin Riley.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    Cellist Steven Isserlis and writers David Vann and Alison Carr.

    Suzanne Vega, Blindsided, Zaffar Kunial20140131

    Suzanne Vega, Blindsided, Zaffar Kunial20140131

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word with guests including Suzanne Vega, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Simon Stephens and Zaffar Kunial.

    Taiye Selasi, Alisdair Roberts, Robin Robertson20130412

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with guests Taiye Selasi, Alasdair Roberts and Robin Robertson

    Telling Tales20160205

    Telling Tales20160205

    The Verb celebrates National Storytelling week with a programme dedicated to the art of telling tales.

    Ian's guests include the singer songwriter Boo Hewerdine and the storyteller Rachel Rose Reid.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Telling Tales20160205

    The Verb celebrates National Storytelling week with a programme dedicated to the art of telling tales.

    Ian's guests include the singer songwriter Boo Hewerdine and the storyteller Rachel Rose Reid.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Tenth Anniversary Special20120406

    Ian McMillan celebrates ten years of 'The Verb' - Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word', and finds what the number ten means to writers.

    So why did the medieval master Boccaccio thread 'ten' through his epic compendium of stories 'The Decameron'? Will authors ever learn to love decimal terms like 'kilometre' - Catherine Blyth asks whether there's more linguistic pleasure to be had from pounds and ounces. Poet Paul Farley reads from his new collection 'The Dark Film', and singer Liz Green's work has been described as magical - she shares one of her recent incantations from an album called '10'.

    Terms And Conditions20150220

    The Cabaret of the Word examines 'Terms and Conditions' with guests Kerry Andrew, Tom Chatfield and Nick Harkaway.

    The composer Kerry Andrew has previously performed on The Verb as 'You Are Wolf'. She returns the the programme to launch our 'Terms and Conditions' series with a specially composed song on the theme. Kerry performs alongside the other members of her vocal ensemble 'Juice', Sarah Dacey and Anna Snow.

    Tom Chatfield is the Verb's Techno-linguist and he's here to explain what lurks behind the Terms and Conditions online. What are we missing when we tick a box and don't read the text? Tom Chatfield is the author of 'Netymology'.

    The novelist Nick Harkaway discusses his latest novel, 'Tigerman', set on the fictional island of Mancreu.

    Terry Deary, Christian Bok, Kerry Andrew, Drama From Peter Blegvad And Kevin Jackson20110429

    Ian McMillan introduces Radio 3's language cabaret with Verb regulars Peter Blegvad and Kevin Jackson who present a radiophonic drama extravaganza.

    There's performance from You Are Wolf and the Canadian poet Christian Bök explains how he has encoded his work into the DNA of a bacterium in a bid to make his work live forever.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With Terry Deary, Christian Bok and Kerry Andrew.

    Tessa Hadley, Jane Draycott, Daniel Morden And Ira Lightman On Bob Dylan20110513

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's language cabaret with a Verb commission from Tessa Hadley, who writes about families and relationships in a way that is subtly subversive and difficult to pin down.

    Jane Draycott reads from her new translation of The Pearl, the fourteenth century poem by the unknown writer of the Gawain poem, and talks about how she recreated the imaginative intensity of the original.

    Storyteller Daniel Morden breathes new life into the tale of Sleeping Beauty as he performs the opening of his new version which concentrates on the themes of love, separation and reunion.

    May sees the 70th birthday of Bob Dylan, and conceptual poet Ira Lightman celebrates his lyrics, and illustrates them on the ukelele.

    Ian McMillan presents a special commission from Tessa Hadley

    The Backwards Verb20151016
    The Backwards Verb20151016
    The Backwards Verb20151016
    The Backwards Verb20151016
    The Backwards Verb20151016
    The Backwards Verb20151016
    The Backwards Verb20151016

    The Backwards Verb20151016
    The Backwards Verb20151016

    Ian McMillan presents a 'backwards' cabaret of the word - and revels in language that goes in the wrong direction. Language enthusiast and podcast host Helen Zaltzman will celebrate the joys of the 'backcronym', sound artist and composer Tim Atack lets us into the fascination of sound played backwards, and novelist Toby Litt changes the reverse gear by considering the literary pleasure involved in making time stand still. Welcome to the Verb, or should we say - the Brev.

    The Ballina Whalers20150717

    This week on the 'Cabaret of the word' we're celebrating the summer with music from shanty band the The Ballina Whalers.

    The Christmas Verb20141219

    For the Christmas Verb Ian McMillan will be joined by Guy Garvey lead singer of Elbow to explore the art of writing songs described as encounters with the 'mysteries of the human heart' and to explore why Guy is 'happiest on the inside of a good song'. The Verb will also be getting inside the language of the carol, and there'll be spoken word from John Hamilton May, one of our 'Verb New Voices'.

    The Language Of Bureaucracy20150403

    Ian McMillan explores the language of bureaucracy with writer and academic Paul Taylor, and the poet and artist Heather Phillipson.

    The Letter Q20120224

    This week The Verb celebrates the letter Q and considers its curious influence on literature.

    The Letter Q20121026

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word' - this week he''s joined by Toby Litt, Ira Lightman, Leafcutter John and Sharon Olds who will be celebrating the letter 'Q'.

    The List Of Rig20040207

    Ian Mcmillan with another late night showcase of new writing, topical language and hi-octane performance.

    Tonight, a new commission - 'The List of Rig' - by award winning young playwright Joanna Laurens, whose risk-taking, poetic plays have caused much excitement among audiences and critics.

    'The List Of Rig' is a funny and unusual Old Norse story about the creation of the class system.

    The Love Song Of J Alfred Prufrock20150612

    The Verb celebrates 100 years of TS Eliot's 'The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock' with a landmark reading of the poem by Jeremy Irons. Ian McMillan also invites Eliot enthusiasts like Professor Robert Crawford, author of 'Young Eliot', to revel in and respond to the language of the poem.

    The Medical Verb With Mj Hyland, Roger Kneebone, Carol Watts, Chloe Moss2012092120130322

    Ian McMillan scrubs up to explore the pleasures and the pains of 'medical language'. His guests include the surgeon Roger Kneebone and the poet Carol Watts - Carol was invited by Roger to experience the closed world of the operating theatre, and has been inspired to write a sequence of poems called 'Instruments'.

    Novelist M.J.Hyland shares new writing from the latest edition of Granta (Medicine) in which she explores the language of diagnosis, and explains how she dealt with being told she had Multiple Sclerosis.

    And a new drama commission for The Verb - playwright Chloe Moss offers an insight into the language of victimhood with her play 'Because I'm worth it'. (Rpt)

    Produced by Faith Lawrence.

    The Medical Verb With Mj Hyland, Roger Kneebone, Carol Watts, Chloe Moss20120921

    Ian McMillan scrubs up to explore the pleasures and the pains of 'medical language'. His guests include the surgeon Roger Kneebone and the poet Carol Watts - Carol was invited by Roger to experience the closed world of the operating theatre, and has been inspired to write a sequence of poems called 'Instruments'.

    Novelist M.J.Hyland shares new writing from the latest edition of Granta (Medicine) in which she explores the language of diagnosis, and explains how she dealt with being told she had Multiple Sclerosis.

    And a new drama commission for The Verb - playwright Chloe Moss offers an insight into the language of victimhood with her play 'Because I'm worth it'.

    Produced by Faith Lawrence.

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word.

    The Monochrome Verb20150710

    The Verb explores a 'monochrome' world - with new poetry from Tom Chivers, John Harvey's 'The Story of Black', and a new commission from poet and musician Rommi Smith

    The Poetry Of Christina Rossetti, Anthony Joseph20111216

    Radio 3's Cabaret of the word presented by Ian McMillan.

    Dinah Roe talks about the poetry and life of Christina Rossetti, daughter of the exiled Italian poet Gabriele Rossetti whose family lit up the cultural life of Victorian London.

    Anthony Joseph performs new poetry set to music.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With Dinah Roe on Christina Rossetti, and Anthony Joseph.

    The Q Special20121026
    The Q Special20121026
    The Q Special2012102620150327 (R3)

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's Cabaret of the Word - in this programme he is joined by Toby Litt, Ira Lightman, Leafcutter John and Sharon Olds who will be celebrating the letter Q.

    Toby Litt is an acclaimed novelist whose books are named in alphabetical order. It was his idea to celebrate the letter Q on The Verb, and to that end he has been commissioned to write a poem in quatrains almost entirely composed of Q-words.

    Sharon Olds is one of the leading voices in US contemporary poetry; her new collection Stag's Leap has just been shortlisted on this side of the Atlantic for the TS Eliot Prize. Sharon reads a poem called Q and explores the significance of the letter Q in Stag's Leap - which details the break-up of her marriage.

    Leafcutter John is a musician and artist who has created a Q soundscape especially for The Verb, incorporating samples of many voices saying Q words, Q in morse code and a baby's first Q.

    Ira Lightman is a conceptual poet who also makes public art and performance pieces. He explores the Q-ness of the French writer Raymond Queneau for The Verb.

    This programme was first broadcast on 26th October 2012.

    The Q Special20121026

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, celebrating the letter Q.

    The Role of Gender in Creativity20150306

    The Role of Gender in Creativity2015030620160311 (R3)

    Ian McMillan's guests include writer and mythographer Marina Warner, Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, composer Sarah Angliss and singer-songwriter Zara McFarlane. They'll be considering the role of gender in creativity.

    The Role Of Gender In Creativity20150306
    The Role Of Gender In Creativity20150306
    The Role Of Gender In Creativity2015030620160311 (R3)

    Ian McMillan's guests include writer and mythographer Marina Warner, Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry, composer Sarah Angliss and singer-songwriter Zara McFarlane. They'll be considering the role of gender in creativity.

    The Sentence20121130

    Special

    Do we really need 'The Sentence'? Why are sentences in the writing of Americans like John Cheever so evocative?

    And how does the sentences get on with its poetic cousin 'the line'? To find out, Ian McMillan is joined by guests A.M. Homes, Glyn Maxwell, Ronnie Cann and Martin Creed.

    Martin Creed is a British artist and musician. He won the Turner Prize in 2001 for Work No. 227: the lights going on and off - an empty room in which the lights went on and off. His artwork for the Olympics was Work No 1197, 'All the Bells in a Country Rung as Quickly and Loudly as Possible for Three Minutes'. He performs two songs from his album 'Love to You' (Moshi Moshi) and explains that his songs rarely contain 'proper' sentences.

    Professor Ronnie Cann holds the Chair in Linguistic Semantics at Edinburgh University - he takes the role of 'sentence doctor' in the programme, and explores whether sentences really exist in natural speech.

    Glyn Maxwell is an award-winning poet and playwright, whose new book 'On Poetry' (Oberon) invites would-be poets to consider the importance of the breath and the contribution of the white space on the page during the writing process. It's been described by one reviewer as the 'best book about poetry that he's ever read'.

    A.M. Homes is the acclaimed author of the novels, 'This Book Will Save Your Life', 'Music For Torching', 'The End of Alice', 'In a Country of Mothers', and 'Jack', as well as the short-story collections, 'Things You Should Know' and 'The Safety of Objects'. She reads from her new book 'May We Be Forgiven' and discusses the character of the 'American sentence'.

    The Snow Verb20130118

    Ian McMillan presents The Verb - and this week it's a 'Cabaret of Snow' with guests John Burnside, Gillian Clarke and Gavin Francis.

    John Burnside has written eleven collections of poetry - the last of which, 'Black Cat Bone' won the 2011 T.S.Eliot Prize. He's also the author of five works of fiction, and acclaimed memoirs. John reads from his new collection of short stories 'Something Like Happy' (Jonathan Cape), which all meditate, in different ways, on cold weather. He explains why he finds snow and ice so appealing, both in fiction and in life.

    Gillian Clarke has been the National Poet for Wales, was recently awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry; her last poetry collection 'Ice' was nominated for the 2012 T.S.Eliot Prize. Gillian reads poems about the sound of ice-scapes, snow memories and the pleasures and difficulties of being snowed in.

    Gavin Francis is the author of 'True North - Travels of Arctic Europe' and a new memoir 'Empire Antarctica - Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins' (Chatto and Windus). He recalls the sound of his breath freezing when he spent a winter at the South Pole, the comforting presence of penguins, and the influence of 'endurance narratives' on our perception of Antarctica.

    John Burnside has written eleven collections of poetry - the last of which, 'Black Cat Bone' won the 2011 T.S.Eliot Prize. He's also the author of five works of fiction, and acclaimed memoirs. John reads from a new collection of short stories 'Something Like Happy' (Jonathan Cape), which all mediate on cold weather. He explains why he find snow and ice so appealing both in fictional narratives and in life.

    Gillian Clarke has been the National Poet for Wales, was recently awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and her last poetry collection 'Ice' was nominated for the 2012 T.S.Eliot Prize. Gillian reads poems about the sounds of ice-scapes, snow memories and the pleasures of being snowed in.

    The Surreal Verb20131206

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word'. This week, The Verb is looking at 'The Surreal' with poet Ira Lightman, artist and writer Charlotte Cory and Michel Remy, editor of 'On The Thirteenth Stroke of Midnight: Surrealist Poetry in Britain'.

    The Verb At Christmas20151218

    Joining Ian McMillan and a studio audience to celebrate Christmas Verb style at Media City are musician Laurence Owen, who tackles Christmas Film Cliches and Verb New Voice Kamal Kaan who presents his piece 'As The Cloud Takes Its Last Breath'.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    The Verb At Octoberfest, Sheffield20121012

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the word'. This week it comes from the BBC's Octoberfest at The Crucible in Sheffield, with guests Charlie Higson, Blake Morrison, Luke Wright, John Watterson and Helen Mort.

    Charlie Higson is an actor, comedian and writer - best known to parents for his performances as comic characters like Swiss Toni and Sir Ralph Mayhew on The Fast Show, and to their children for his Young Bond series, which has now sold over a million copies in the UK. Charlie is a huge fan of horror films and books, and talks to Ian about 'Sacrifice', the latest in his zombie series for teens (Puffin).

    Luke Wright is a poet who writes satirical tales about British life from his vantage point in East Anglia. Originally an Essex boy, Luke performs a poem inspired by the songs of a Yorkshire man - the late Jake Thackray, and explains why he thinks it's time for a Thackray revival.

    Musician John Watterson tours as Fake Thackray, taking Jake's songs to venues across the UK. He performs 'Little Black Foal' and 'Rain on the Mountainside'.

    Blake Morrison was born in Burnley, and grew up in Skipton. His books include two poetry collections, Dark Glasses and The Ballad of the Yorkshire Ripper; two bestselling memoirs, And When Did You Last See Your Father and Things My Mother Never Told Me; a children's book, The Yellow House; several play adaptations and libretti; and three novels, including South of the River and The Last Weekend. He lives in south London and is Professor of Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College. Blake reads from A Discoverie of Witches, a collaboration between Smith/Doorstop and Lancaster Litfest.

    Helen Mort has published two pamphlets with tall-lighthouse press, 'the shape of every box' and 'a pint for the ghost', a Poetry Book Society Choice for Spring 2010. Five-times winner of the Foyle Young Poets award, she became the youngest ever poet in residence at The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere. Helen reads poems specially commissioned for The Verb which explore the music and place names she grew up with in Chesterfield and Sheffield. Her collection 'Division Street' is out soon from Chatto and Windus.

    Produced by Faith Lawrence.

    The Verb At The Edinburgh Festivals20150918

    The Verb returns from its summer break with a programme recorded at the BBC Tent at the 2015 Edinburgh Festivals. Ian's guests are Mark Doty, Mae Martin, Denise Mina and Will Pickvance.

    Mark Doty is the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and is the only American poet to have been awarded the T. S Eliot Prize. He reads from his new collection 'Deep Lane' (Cape).

    The stand up Mae Martin was brought up in Canada and now lives in the UK. Mae has an ear for the peculiarities of everyday speech, so we've asked her to keep her very own 'Overheard at the Festival' diary.

    Crime Writer Denise Mina has just published the fifth book in her Alex Morrow series, 'Blood, Salt, Water (Orion).

    The performer Will Pickvance is a pianist and composer. 'Alchemy of the Piano' is his latest Edinburgh hour, where he combines music and storytelling in a show about what the piano means to him.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    The Verb At The Free Thinking Festival20141107

    This week the 'Cabaret of the word' comes from Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas at Sage Gateshead, the first of two Verbs which explore the role of limits within language, poetry, reading and as part of the creative writing process.

    The Verb In The Great War20140704

    As part of Radio 3's 'Music in the Great War' season, The Verb is visiting Bateman's, the home of Rudyard Kipling, now run by the National Trust. With guests Peter Curran, Gary Yershon, Penelope Shuttle and John Greening we examine grief, Kipling, and the poetry of WWI.

    The Verb In The North - Zadie Smith, Michael Symmons Roberts, The Eccentronic Research Council, Yursa Warsama20120914

    The Verb in the North

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word', presented by Ian McMillan. Zadie Smith, Michael Symmons Roberts, The Eccentronic Research Council and Yursa Warsama join him to celebrate the programme's new home at MediaCity.

    Michael Symmons Roberts presents the first poem ever to be written about the BBC's new home at MediaCity, Salford Quays (especially commissioned for The Verb). His poetry has won the Whitbread Poetry Award, and been shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Forward Prize, and twice for the T.S. Eliot Prize

    Zadie Smith talks about representing the suburb of Willesden in her new novel NW. White Teeth was her first novel -she's also written The Autograph Man and On Beauty, which was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2005 and won The Orange Prize for Fiction 2006.

    The Eccentronic Research Council discuss their album '1612 Underture' - an electronic concept album which explores the trial of the Pendle Witches in 17th century Lancashire.

    Yursa Warsama, performance poet and theatre practitioner, presents poetry from her film 'Music's in the Bones'. it's set in Manchester and was commissioned and developed for a project called '10 by 10', by the Eclipse Theatre Company Ltd. It's one of ten films by different writers all set in UK cities. You can watch it here:

    http://thespace.org/items/e0000qce.

    Tim Lott, Nell Leyshon, Kathryn Williams20120420

    Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word', presented by Ian McMillan, comes from the Radio Theatre - his guests include novelist Tim Lott whose new book 'Under the Same Stars' is the tale of a road-trip across America taken by two brothers, Nell Leyshon who'll explain how she rose to the challenge of giving a 19th century farm girl a voice in her novel 'The Colour of Milk', whilst singer Kathryn Williams "without doubt one of the most authentic folk voices in the country" shares music from her new collaboration 'The Pond' - a melting pot of vintage beats, 1960s pop, and Eastern flavoured loops.

    Ian McMillan is joined by Tim Lott, Nell Leyshon and Kathryn Williams.

    Tim Minchin, Galician Poetry, Blake Bailey, The Life Of Harold Massingham20110408

    Ian McMillan's cabaret of the word.

    Tonight's programme includes work in progress from American biographer Blake Bailey who's now writing a memoir.

    How has writing the lives of others impacted upon the way he is approaching his own life? Recently returned from Galicia, the part of Northern Spain with ancient Celtic connections, Fiona Sampson introduces poetry from the region with two writers Marilar Aleixandre and Xesús Fragar.

    Time Travel Special20150109

    Time Travel Special2015010920160212 (R3)

    Ian McMillan explores the language of time and meets himself coming back on a special edition of 'the cabaret of the word'. Guests include the celebrated novelists William Gibson and Geoff Ryman on the narrative possibilities opened up by time travel, poet Ira Lightman distorts our perception of time with a commissioned performance, and producer and sound artist Sally Rodgers presents new music inspired by Iannis Xenakis.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Time Travel Special20150109
    Time Travel Special20150109
    Time Travel Special20150109

    Ian McMillan explores the language of time and meets himself coming back on a special edition of 'the cabaret of the word'. Guests include the celebrated novelists William Gibson and Geoff Ryman on the narrative possibilities opened up by time travel, poet Ira Lightman distorts our perception of time with a commissioned performance, and Sally Rodgers producer and sound artist presents new music inspired by Iannis Xenakis.

    Toby Litt, Will Ford, Tom Chatfield, Hanna Tuulikki20140228

    Ian McMillan's guests are the dramatist Will Ford, Toby Litt on Kafka, Tom Chatfield on the internet and language change and the composer and performer Hanna Tuulikki.

    Tom Mccarthy, Leontia Flynn, Short Stories, Verb New Voices20110923

    Ian McMillan with Radio 3's Cabaret of the word.

    Tom McCarthy, critically acclaimed for his novel "C" presents new writing and discusses his work.

    Leontia Flynn is a rising star in the world of poetry.

    She's been celebrated as an orginal poet and in her new collection Profit and Loss, she examines a fugitive life, including a reaction to the banking crisis of 2008.

    Leontia reads from the collection and talks about the contemporary poetry scene in her native Northern Ireland.

    Ian and writers Alison MacLeod and Tom Rachman discuss the short story's ability to depict the modern day as the Small Wonder short story festival opens at Charleston, Sussex.

    And there's more from The Verb's new voices, a scheme run between Radio 3 and the Arts Council, supporting emergent talent on the spoken poetry scene.

    This week we feature poets from Norwich.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    With Tom McCarthy, Leontia Flynn and poets from Norwich.

    Tony Parsons, Grace Nichols, King James Bible, Poetry And Emotion
    Tracy Chevalier20100521

    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word, this week featuring a brand new commission from Tracy Chevalier.

    Chevalier shot to fame with Girl with a Pearl Earring, her second novel, which sold 4 million copies worldwide and was turned into a film starring Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson.

    Her writing since then has taken in the lives of other historical and cultural figures, from poet William Blake in 'Burning Bright' to fossil hunter Mary Anning in 'Remarkable Creatures.'

    Chevalier is one of a host of celebrated novelists including recently Lionel Shriver, Neil LaBute, Sue Townsend and Neil Gaiman to have written for The Verb, which features every week a new piece of short fiction especially commissioned for the programme.

    Presnted by Ian Mcmillan.

    Featuring a new commission from Tracy Chevalier.

    Tracy Chevalier, Toby Litt, New Labour Fiction, Xhosa Poetry
    Traditional Ballads20031108

    Ian Mcmillan presents the showcase of new writing, language and performance.

    This week the programme discusses traditional ballads, with performance from June Tabor whose new album features Sir Patrick Spens and Lord Maxwell's Last Goodnight among others.

    Turkish Literature - Orhan Pamuk20100212

    As part of Radio 3's focus on Turkey, Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of Radio 3's cabaret of the word, focussing on Turkish literature, and featuring an interview with Orhan Pamuk and an exploration of the Turkey's influential poetic avant-garde in the 1950s, the Ikinci Yeni.

    McMillan talks to Pamuk, who is as controversial figure in his own country as he is feted abroad, about the political stance he has taken on issues such as the history of Turkey's relationship with its Armenian population, and the personal cost to him of that stance.

    Pamuk also discusses his new novel, The Museum of Innocence, and its portrayal of a Turkish elite stranded between the traditions of their own country and the shallow distractions of Western consumerism.

    Ian will also be exploring the lasting influence of the poets who made up the Ikinci Yeni, or Second New, Turkey's avant garde poetry scene in the 1950s.

    The work of Ece Ayhan, Ilhan Berk and their colleagues remains little-known outside Turkey, and yet their influence is discernible in the work of many contemporary Turkish writers, Orhan Pamuk among them.

    The programme will also feature the best new Turkish writing and profile the English writers who have chosen to make Istanbul (one of this year's European Capitals of Culture) their home.

    Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition focusing on Turkish literature.

    With Orhan Pamuk.

    Val Mcdermid, Jane Rogers, John Gallas, Nicola Davies20120622

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word' with Jane Rogers, Val McDermid, John Gallas and Nicola Davies.

    Valerie Bloom, Lars Saabye Christensen Masterclass, Ergo Phizmiz20120120

    Valerie Bloom performs new writing especially comissioned for The Verb, and talks about her use of the Creole language and the importance of oral story telling in her work.

    Poet Kenneth Stevens has translated the award winning Norwegian writer Lars Saabye Christensen, and presents a Verb masterclass on his work - novels such as the Model and The Half Brother.

    And composer, writer and artist Ergo Phizmiz presents a scientific-operatic treatise on the art and mechanics of turning things upside down.

    With Valerie Bloom, Kenneth Stevens on Lars Saabye Christensen, and Ergo Phizmiz.

    Verb New Voices From Arc In Stockton-on-tees20111021

    Ian McMillan takes to the stage in front of an audience at ARC in Stockton-on-Tees to introduce the last of the Verb New Voices performances.

    Two emerging spoken word artists, Degna Stone and Michael Edwards premiere the pieces they've developed over the Summer.

    Richard Milward, whose novels 'Apples' and 'Ten Storey Love Song' gave an insight into the bleak, fascinating and sometimes shocking lives of Middlesbrough teenagers.

    For The Verb he'll be performing a commissoned piece about how he writes.

    Local playwright and performer Alison Carr returns to The Verb with a work in progress entitled 'The Illumination Of Beatrice Munroe'.

    And, why writers all over the country look forward to an envelope post-marked Stockton.

    Ian McMillan introduces Verb New Voices from ARC in Stockton-on-Tees.

    Verb New Voices From Birmingham20111007

    Ian McMillan takes to the stage in front of an audience at MAC in Birmingham to introduce the first of the Verb New Voices performances.

    Two emerging spoken word artists, Fatima Al Matar and Bohdan Piasecki premiere the pieces they've developed over the Summer.

    Novelist, biographer and playwright David Lodge first started exploring ideas around consciousness in his novel 'Thinks' ten years ago.

    Now, he's adapted the book for the stage and called it Secret Thoughts.

    For The Verb he reflects on what working in different genres has taught him about how his characters think.

    The memorist Sathnam Sanghera wrote about secrets, lies and family love in his memoir of his Wolverhampton childhood 'The Boy With The Topknot'.

    For The Verb he reads a commissioned piece about eating beef for the first time, by mistake.

    And, the writer Catherine O'Flynn champions Birmingham in fiction.

    Ian McMillan from Birmingham, with The Verb New Voices, David Lodge and Sathnam Sanghera.

    Verb New Voices, Philip Langeskov, Professor Karmadillo, Evaluating Spoken Word Poetry20111014

    Ian McMillan takes to the stage in front of an audience at Norwich Arts Centre to introduce the second of the Verb New Voices performances.

    Two emerging spoken word artists, Deborah 'Debris' Stevenson and John Osborne premiere the pieces they've developed over the Summer.

    The Norwich-based writer Philip Langeskov has studied creative writing at the prestigious University of East Anglia and is a hotly tipped writer of short stories.

    For The Verb he reads a new piece inspired by landscape of Dunwich on the Suffolk coast, a place which fired the writing of the late W.G Sebald whose 'Rings Of Saturn' confirmed him as the bard of this part of England.

    Professor Karmadillo is on a mission to make science fun and accessible by performing songs of science on topics ranging from particle physics to genetics.

    He performs his classic song 'You Must be Mendel' for the Verb.

    And Chris Gribble from the Writer's Centre Norwich and poet Tim Clare discuss how to evaluate spoken word poetry.

    Ian McMillan introduces the second of the Verb New Voices performances.

    Viv Albertine, Hollie Mcnish, Selena Godden20140613

    Ian McMillan?s guests on the ?cabaret of the word? include singer-songwriter and former Slits guitarist Viv Albertine, whose memoir ?Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys? (Faber) is an account of surviving the male-dominated punk scene. Poet Hollie McNish performs from her work-in-progress album and book, Salena Godden recalls her childhood in Hastings in ?Springfield Road?, which also tells the story of her journey writing the book, and Gary Robinson explains how the language of the Native American Choctaw tribe became a useful tool in WWI.

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    Ian McMillan's guests include Charles Fernyhough, author of 'Pieces of Light' (Profile). Charles is Professor of Psychology at Durham University, where he is leading the 'Hearing The Voice', an interdisciplinary research project that aims to better understand the experience of hearing voices.

    The poet SJ Fowler celebrates the avant garde in his work and he has written a new piece for us inspired by the work of 'Hearing of the Voice'. Fowler's latest collection of poetry is 'Enthusiasm' (Test Centre).

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    Ian Mcmillan presents a special edition of the language and literature programme focusing on war poetry.

    Poet Paul Farley examines the debt contemporary war poetry owes to Wilfred Owen and poets Richard Burns, Salah Niazi and Adriana Diaz-Enciso discuss their own writing, which deals with conflicts in the Balkans, Iraq and Central America.

    Wendy Cope And Vesna Maric20090501

    Ian Mcmillan talks to poet Wendy Cope about The Audience, her witty new poetic portraits of classical concert goers.

    Written to be performed by Cope herself, along with the Endellion String Quartet, The Audience profiles such concert stalwarts as the Cougher, the Drinker, the Critic and the Traditionalist.

    Bosnian author Vesna Maric remembers cult Croatian trainer brand Starta.

    Her memoir of coming to the UK as a refugee from the war in Bosnia, Bluebird, was BBC Radio 4's Book of the Week in early 2009.

    She takes a look at the curious cult history of Startas, the Croation trainer brand she grew up wearing.

    Ian Mcmillan presents the weekly programme about language.

    Wendy Cope, Barb Jungr, Joanne Harris20120525

    Radio 3's 'cabaret of the word' at the Radio Theatre is presented by Ian McMillan.

    Ian's guests at this recording include Wendy Cope who's been called the "wittiest of contemporary English poets", one of the nation's most respected interpreters of popular song, the multi-talented Barb Jungr, and the novelist Joanne Harris - who'll be talking about revisiting the characters from Chocolat in her new book 'Peaches for Monsieur le Curé'.

    Poetry Proms Competition coming soon... see website for details.

    Producer: Faith Lawrence.

    Wendy Cope, Joanna Bourke, Tim Clare, Richard Lloyd Parry20141128

    Ian's guests on the 'cabaret of the word' are Wendy Cope, whose new book is 'Life, Love and the Archers: Recollections, Reviews and Other Prose'. Joanna Bourke discusses the language of pain and Richard Lloyd Parry on the popularity of Lafcadio Hearn on Japan. The poet Tim Clare is celebrating the Oxford University Press word of the year, 'Vape', with some 'experimental etymology'.

    Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales20111104

    launches this year's BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking festival of ideas with a lecture on how the internet will continue to radically change our world

    American internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales has created the most referenced source of knowledge on the planet.

    His ever-expanding invention Wikipedia has over 19 million free articles, is one of the internet's top five websites, and has revolutionised our access to information.

    Time magazine named him one of the world's most influential people.

    Jimmy Wales' talk about the internet marks the start of three weeks of Free Thinking broadcasts on Radio 3.

    It was recorded earlier tonight in front of an audience at The Sage Gateshead and presented by Philip Dodd.

    This year's festival theme is Change: exploring the mania for change sweeping the globe.

    Speakers include the Foreign Secretary William Hague, Germaine Greer, Giles Fraser, Susie Orbach, Linda Colley, Charles Jencks, Kevin Fong and Margaret Drabble.

    Plus original live drama by Skins writer Jack Thorne, and music from the Mercury nominated band Maximo Park.

    Now in its sixth year, the Free Thinking Festival takes place at The Sage Gateshead 4 - 6 November and is produced and broadcast by BBC Radio 3.

    It's a platform for today's innovative thinkers, who debate the ideas shaping our world.

    Go to www.bbc.co.uk/freethinking for more details.

    Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales launches the 2011 Free Thinking ideas festival.

    Will Eaves20120210

    New writing and poetry from Radio 3's cabaret of the word, presented by Ian McMillan.

    This week The Verb is excited to present an extract from Will Eaves' forthcoming novel This Is Paradise. Telling the story of the Allden family over several decades, from the awkward youth of son Clive to the illness of matriarch Emily, The Verb has periodically featured extracts of This Is Paradise as a work in progress, and now follows it to publication.

    With Ian McMillan. Will Eaves reads an excerpt from his forthcoming book This Is Paradise.

    Will Self, Dannie Abse And Fred D'aguiar *20090522

    In a special edition from the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House, for Radio 3's Poetry Season, Ian Mcmillan talks to veteran poet Dannie Abse about his six decades of writing.

    American poet Fred D'aguiar reads salty tales of adventures on the high seas from his new collection The Pirate Songbook.

    And novelist Will Self presents a preview of his latest book, Walking to the World, which charts his journey from the late JG Ballard's house in Shepperton to The World in Dubai, a collection of artificial islands shaped like countries.

    A special edition featuring Will Self, Dannie Abse and Fred D'aguiar

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    Ian Mcmillan presents Radio 3's cabaret of the word in front of an audience at the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House.

    He talks to veteran poet Dannie Abse about his six decades of writing.

    American poet Fred D'aguiar reads from his collection Continental Shelf, and reveals new work The Pirate Songbook - with a little musical help from Meone.

    Novelist Will Self presents an extract from book, Walking to the World, which charts his journey from the late JG Ballard's house in Shepperton to The World in Dubai, a collection of artificial islands shaped like countries.

    And writer and performer Zena Edwards presents tales from the London Underground - Tube Sage (R)

    Producer Belinda NaylorLaura Thomas.

    William Boyd, Czeslaw Milosz Tribute, New Voices20110610

    Ian McMillan returns with Radio 3's language cabaret of the air featuring the writer William Boyd with a master-class on screen-writing and a sneak preview of his adaptation of his own novel Restless.

    The poet and critic Fiona Sampson pays tribute to the Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz in the centenary year of his birth.

    And, the first chance to here the Verb New Voices, emergent talent on the spoken word poetry scene.

    Presented by Ian McMillan.

    William Boyd gives a masterclass in screenwriting.

    William Boyd, Naomi Alderman, Peter Blegvad, Alex Horne20110211
    William Boyd, Naomi Alderman, Peter Blegvad, Alex Horne20110211

    Ian McMillan presides over The Verb, Radio 3's language cabaret, live from the Radio Theatre in London. This week the novelist, screenwriter and super-fan William Boyd marks the centenary of the birth of the poet Elizabeth Bishop. The novelist and games writer Naomi Alderman campaigns for better writing in the world of online gaming. The resident eartoonist Peter Blegvad presents another bemusing, amusing sound sculpture and comedian and language spy Alex Horne is on the trail of words with verve.

    Ian McMillan presides over The Verb, Radio 3's language cabaret, live from the Radio Theatre in London.

    This week the novelist, screenwriter and super-fan William Boyd marks the centenary of the birth of the poet Elizabeth Bishop.

    The novelist and games writer Naomi Alderman campaigns for better writing in the world of online gaming.

    The resident eartoonist Peter Blegvad presents another bemusing, amusing sound sculpture and comedian and language spy Alex Horne is on the trail of words with verve.

    Ian McMillan is joined by William Boyd, Naomi Alderman, Peter Blegvad and Alex Horne

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    Ian McMillan's presents a Verb special on the language of Hilary Mantel, in which the Man Booker Prize winning novelist unpicks her unique approach to writing historical fiction.

    Producer: Jessica Treen.

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    Ian McMillan's 'Cabaret of the Word' looks at writing for young people and celebrates the language of Beatrix Potter, born 150 years ago. Ian's guests include Young Adult writer Robert Muchamore.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

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    Ian McMillan's 'Cabaret of the Word' looks at writing for young people and celebrates the language of Beatrix Potter, born 150 years ago. Ian's guests include Young Adult writer Robert Muchamore.

    Producer: Cecile Wright.

    Writing Mid-life20130301

    Ian McMillan presents Radio 3's 'Cabaret of the Word', celebrating the writing of mid-life, with guests Sharon Olds, Kathleen Jamie, Alain de Botton and Paul Taylor.

    1.The Poetry of Mid-life

    Sharon Olds has been celebrated for the 'chivalry and grace' she showed in poems from her latest collection 'Stag's Leap', which was awarded the T.S.Eliot Prize. Her work explores the difficulty of remaking the self in mid-life, after the break-up of a long marriage. Sharon reads three poems for The Verb, and talks about the origin of the astonishing images she found for the experience of separation.

    Essayist and poet Kathleen Jamie reads from her new collection 'The Overhaul' (Picador) which won this year's Costa Poetry Prize. She talks to Ian about the way in which her book relates to the experience of mid-life and the writing process, how both can feel like a 'waiting game'. Kathleen also talks about the importance of 'listening' for poems rather than 'finding a voice'.

    2.Writing the Mid-life Crisis

    Paul Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Communications at Leeds University, whose most recent publication is 'Zizek and the Media' (Polity Press), philosopher and writer Alain de Botton has just published 'Religion for Atheists' (Penguin). Together they discuss the language of the male mid-life crisis, its place in our culture, and whether contemporary writers have a responsibility to explore kindness, virtue and sacrifice in mid-life as well as relationship breakdown.

    Young Artists Day - The Young Verb20150504

    As part of Radio 3's Young Artists Day celebration, The Verb presents a special cabaret of the word showcasing young writers and performers, recorded in front of an audience at MediaCity.

    The ever-youthful Ian McMillan's guests will include: the novelist Samantha Shannon (23 year-old Samantha Shannon is the author of 'The Bone Season' and 'The Mime Order'. She began writing and sending her work to publishers at just 15 and was only 20 when she sold the rights to her seven-book series) and the talented Manchester-based performance poet 17 year-old Isaiah Hull - a member of the Young Identity collective.

    Ian will also announce the winners of this year's prestigious Verb New Voices scheme. In association with Arts Council England and a range of writing organisations, The Verb will be mentoring four new writers from across the North to produce innovative new work for radio. Ian will introduce the very youngest of the winners on this show.

    Producer: Jessica Treen

    BBC Radio 3's Young Artists Day.

    Radio 3 salutes some of the new and upcoming talent active in the arts today under the age of 25. As well as hearing from young choreographers, composers, musicians and writers throughout the day, Radio 3 will be playing music of great composers in their youthful periods, alongside recordings of seminal performers made when they were young.

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    A series by novelist Elena Lappin which follows the fortunes of Marty Himmelfarb, a writer discovering unlikely success in the world of spam.

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    Ian Mcmillan introduces the first in a series of three new short drama commissions, created by writers attending a workshop at the BBC writersroom, a scheme that seeks out and encourages new British writing talent in film, television and radio.

    The project is part of the writersroom's Sparks programme, where writers attend a workshop and collaborate in small groups in creating short dramas especially for radio.

    The three best entries are then chosen to feature on The Verb.

    Ian Mcmillan presents a new drama written specially for The Verb, from BBC writersroom.

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    Ian Mcmillan introduces the second in a series of three new short drama commissions, created by writers attending a workshop at the BBC writersroom, a scheme that seeks out and encourages new British writing talent in film, television and radio.

    The project is part of the writersroom's Sparks programme, where writers attend a workshop and collaborate in small groups in creating short dramas especially for radio.

    The three best entries are then chosen to feature on The Verb.

    Ian Mcmillan presents a new drama written specially for The Verb, from BBC writersroom.

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    Ian Mcmillan is joined by celebrated, and often controversial, American dramatist Neil LaBute, writer-director of In The Company of Men, Your Friends and Neighbours and The Shape of Things.

    Neil reads a new monologue, I Love This Game, about an obsessed baseball fan whose passion for his favourite sport brings unexpected - and unpleasant - consequences for him and his family.

    Plus writer, performer and verbal virtuoso Inua Ellams, who presents extracts from The 14th Tale, his one-man show about a mischievous boy growing up in Nigeria, Dublin and London.

    Ian also introduces the last in a series of three new short drama commissions, created by writers attending a workshop at the BBC writersroom, a scheme that seeks out and encourages new British writing talent in film, television and radio.

    The project is part of the writersroom's Sparks programme, where writers attend a workshop and collaborate in small groups in creating short dramas especially for radio.

    The three best entries are then chosen to feature on The Verb.

    Ian Mcmillan talks to Neil LaBute about his monologue, entitled I Love This Game.

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    For the final programme in the current series, The Verb becomes 'The Sentence' as Ian Mcmillan introduces new writing and performance about nouns, verbs, adjectives and other parts of speech.

    There's an original story from Toby Litt, written without verbs, and a new poem by Kenneth Steven mourning lost verbs like yealming, pleaching and ethering.