Documentary Witches of the Orient, Antonia Fraser's verse and who should be writing book reviews?
A new documentary Witches Of The Orient' looks back at the last time that Tokyo acted as host. Volleyball made its debut in The 1964 Summer Olympics. And the success of the home team in women’s volleyball became one of the most watched domestic TV events ever. French film director Julien Faraut discovered this now-largely-forgotten event and was captivated by it. The historical biographer Lady Antonia Fraser reveals an unknown aspect of her writing life as four of her poems are set to music by Stephen Hough. Two were written in and about lock-down, one wittily recalls a whirlwind American book tour book and the last is a tender memory of Harold Pinter. Just after their premiere today she told Elle Osili-Wood about them and her lifelong habit of writing verse.We continue this week’s series around debates in the book world. Tonight: reviews. Is the traditional media giving readers what they want? Does getting your book reviewed in the broadsheets matter any more? And how might the way books are reviewed be done differently, from broadening the pool of reviewers to shifting the aesthetic hurdles required to assess writing of quality? Elle is joined by Professor Sandeep Parmar, founder of the Ledbury Poetry Critics Scheme, a national programme to encourage diversity in poetry reviewing culture aimed at new critical voices along with Michael Caines, Assistant Editor at the Times Literary Supplement and founder of the Brixton Review of Books. Presenter: Elle Osili-WoodProducer: Simon RichardsonStudio Manager: Donald MacDonaldMain image: a still from the Witches of the Orient documentary film.Image credit: Courtesy of Modern Films
This week’s guest is a British author of history, novels, biographies and detective fiction - Lady Antonia Fraser.In this new LBC podcast, Rachel Johnson's Difficult Women, Rachel speaks with women who had to be a pain in the backside to get where they are today. Women who take the word difficult as a compliment not an insult. And women who had to fight, resist, insist, or otherwise be badly behaved in order to get things done.Listen and subscribe now on Global Player, or wherever you get your podcasts.
THE DRAMA OF THE GREAT REFORM BILL 1832In November 1930, the Duke of Wellington declared. ‘the beginning of reform is the beginning of revolution. Despite his fears, a bill to introduce greater democracy was duly presented to Parliament. Eminent historian, Antonia Fraser, discusses with William Waldegrave how this most divisive of bills led to a complete change in the way Britain was governed.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
INTERVIEW: Lady Antonia Fraser talks to Daniel Snowman
Reviews in History
Institute of Historical ResearchBook: My History: A Memoir of Growing UpAntonia FraserLondon, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2015, ISBN: 9780297871903; 320pp.; Price: £16.00Reviewer: Daniel SnowmanCitation: Daniel Snowman, review of INTERVI...
This week Rob is joined by the historian and crime novelist, Lady Antonia Fraser. She tells him about her conversion to Catholicism, what it was like to have her work read by her late husband, Harold Pinter, and her experience of playing Bridge with Mitsuko Uchida, including music by Byrd, Beethoven and Adams.
Antonia Fraser's memoir describes growing up in the 1930s and 1940s but its real concern is with her growing love of History. The fascination began as a child - and developed into an enduring passion; as she writes, 'for me, the study of History has always been an essential part of the enjoyment of life'.Antonia Fraser is the prize-winning author of many widely acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers. She was made DBE in 2011 for services to literature.This podcast was recorded live at our January 2015 'Writer of the month' event.
Akram Khan; the Iraq War documentaries; Antonia Fraser's Cultural Exchange
Front Row: Archive 2013
With Mark Lawson.Award-winning documentary maker Norma Percy's latest series, The Iraq War, investigates the events that led Britain and America to go to war with Iraq, with testimony from major players including Tony Blair, Jack Straw and key figures in the Iraqi government. Chris Mullin and Richard Ottaway MP discuss whether the series give us a new insight into how the war came about.To celebrate the centenary of Stravinsky's controversial ballet The Rite of Spring, dancer and choreographer Akram Khan has created a new interpretation of the piece with an original score by Nitin Sawnhey, Jocelyn Pook and Ben Frost. Akram Khan discusses his new work ITMOi (In the Mind of Igor) and explains how he went about following in Stravinsky's footsteps.In Cultural Exchange, in which leading creative minds share a cultural passion, historian Antonia Fraser champions J M W Turner's painting The Fighting Temeraire.Producer Olivia Skinner.
On Start the Week Anne McElvoy explores movements and people that have changed the political landscape. The MP Jesse Norman champions the founder of modern conservatism, the 18th century philosopher and statesman Edmund Burke. Lady Antonia Fraser brings to life the Great Reform Bill of 1832 which transformed the way Britain was governed. And one of the co-founders of the Occupy movement, David Graeber, looks afresh at the idea of democracy.Producer: Katy Hickman.