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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Vesna Goldsworthy. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Vesna Goldsworthy, often where they are interviewed.

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6 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Vesna Goldsworthy. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Vesna Goldsworthy, often where they are interviewed.

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Vesna Goldsworthy

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Thirty years ago, Vesna Goldsworthy fell in love with a young Englishman she met at a summer school in Bulgaria; she moved to England to be with him, much to the disapproval of her parents, arriving in London in 1986. Since then, she's established a reputation as a writer of great wit and originality: with her memoir, Chernobyl Strawberries; with her poetry; and in 2015 with her first novel, Gorsky, which became a best-seller and which was serialized on Radio 4. Vesna Goldsworthy is also a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

In Private Passions, Vesna Goldsworthy talks to Michael Berkeley about being brought up in Belgrade during the Communist regime. The popular idea is of an era which was grey and philistine - but in fact there was a huge amount of classical music around. And when she moved to England, her friends and family were horrified. They asked, "How could you move to a country where there is no music"? She reveals why she started writing a memoir of her Serbian childhood: because her doctors told her she was dying of cancer, and she wanted to leave a record for her son. Happily, the cancer was cured, but it taught her a lifelong lesson: not to take life too seriously.

Vesna Goldsworthy's music choices include the Romanian-Serbian composer Ion Iovanovici; an Orthodox address to the Virgin by Divna Ljubojevic; the Sephardic song, "Adio Querida", by Yasmin Levy; and a popular Russian song from the Second World War. She ends with Purcell, a composer she discovered only after she moved to a country "with no music".

Produced by Elizabeth Burke
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

Oct 29 2017

37mins

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Vesna Goldsworthy

Private Passions
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Thirty years ago, Vesna Goldsworthy fell in love with a young Englishman she met at a summer school in Bulgaria; she moved to England to be with him, much to the disapproval of her parents, arriving in London in 1986. Since then, she's established a reputation as a writer of great wit and originality: with her memoir, Chernobyl Strawberries; with her poetry; and in 2015 with her first novel, Gorsky, which became a best-seller and which was serialized on Radio 4. Vesna Goldsworthy is also a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.

In Private Passions, Vesna Goldsworthy talks to Michael Berkeley about being brought up in Belgrade during the Communist regime. The popular idea is of an era which was grey and philistine - but in fact there was a huge amount of classical music around. And when she moved to England, her friends and family were horrified. They asked, "How could you move to a country where there is no music"? She reveals why she started writing a memoir of her Serbian childhood: because her doctors told her she was dying of cancer, and she wanted to leave a record for her son. Happily, the cancer was cured, but it taught her a lifelong lesson: not to take life too seriously.

Vesna Goldsworthy's music choices include the Romanian-Serbian composer Ion Iovanovici; an Orthodox address to the Virgin by Divna Ljubojevic; the Sephardic song, "Adio Querida", by Yasmin Levy; and a popular Russian song from the Second World War. She ends with Purcell, a composer she discovered only after she moved to a country "with no music".

Produced by Elizabeth Burke
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

Mar 05 2017

37mins

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Vintage New Writers Evening: Kirsty Logan, Ruth Ware & Vesna Goldsworthy

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Ever on the hunt for new literary voices, we bring together a panel of authors and an audience of readers to explore the road to publication and what lies beyond. Working with Vintage, we welcome writers Kirsty Logan, Ruth Ware and Vesna Goldsworthy to the stage to talk to journalist and Vintage Podcast host Alex Clark.

We settle down to listen to our evening's speakers discussing the development of their work and how they secured industry support. The focus of the night is on discovering new voices in contemporary literature, providing insight into how these authors write and what it's like to be an author at the start of your career.

Glasgow-based journalist and author Kirsty Logan won the 2014 Saboteur Award for Best Short Story Collection with 'The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales' before penning breakout debut 'The Gracekeepers'—a magical tale of a floating circus adrift in a flooded world, the telling of which has been compared to the work of luminaries such as Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood.

Ruth Ware provides the dark chills of the evening in the form of debut psychological thriller 'In a Dark, Dark Wood'. Touted as the next big thing in crime fiction, this is a tale of toxic friendship and power games gone wrong as estranged friends reunite for a hen party in a woodland retreat, in a tightly-plotted whodunit reminiscent of Agatha Christie and Sophie Hannah.

Serbian poet and writer Vesna Goldsworthy is also no stranger to print, having previously published nonfiction cultural history 'Inventing Ruritania' and a memoir, 'Chernobyl Strawberries'. This year's Great Gatsby-inspired 'Gorsky' marks her first novel—the eponymous Russian oligarch of which tasks exiled Serbian bookseller Nikola to curate a model library, in an attempt to win the heart of a woman with whom both men are infatuated.

Nov 09 2015

39mins

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Worlds Literature Festival 2015: Readings by Vesna Goldsworthy and Dan Richards

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Vesna Goldsworthy and Dan Richards read at the 2015 Worlds Literature Festival

Jun 19 2015

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Worlds 15 Provocation: Vesna Goldsworthy

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Vesna Goldsworthy gives a provocation on the theme of 'Reputation' and the teaching of creative writing.

Jun 18 2015

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World Voices featuring Teju Cole, Vesna Goldsworthy and Arturo Dorado

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In celebration of Refugee Week, WCN Programme Manager Shenaz Kedar introduces this Worlds Festival event at the Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library. It features an introduction by current Norwich writer-in-residence Arturo Dorado, as well as fantastic readings by Teju Cole and Vesna Goldsworthy.

Jun 21 2012

53mins

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