Body of Essays at The Wellcome Collection
Live event to be recorded for BBC Radio 3
Wednesday 12th September 2018
19.00 – 20.30



Join us to listen to five writers as they read moving and comical personal essays, each focusing on a different body part. All the 15-minute readings will be recorded for later broadcast as part of ‘The Essay’ series on BBC Radio 3.

About the performers

Kayo Chingonyi chooses the blood, and reveals a tragic personal story of HIV AIDS and his native Zambia.

Patrick McGuinness explores the grottiness of the labyrinthine ear.

A L Kennedy homes in on the ability of our nose to conjure memories.

Abi Curtis considers how our eyes both connect us to and alienate us from the world.

Imtiaz Dharker casts the liver as the true seat of our feelings.


More information on the evening and where to book tickets can be found at here.



Behind the Scenes: Miroslaw Balka
BBC Radio 4
18th July 2018


Polish artist Miroslaw Balka gives Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern, an epic tour of the small, cramped spaces that are his studio, store and home in Otwock, near Warsaw. These rooms are packed with what seem mostly to be discarded everyday objects – offcuts of old wood, springs, a shock absorber, handles and hooks, a bag of ancient fir tree needles, a string of used soap, a tin can of ash, a doorway. Some of these items belonged to his grandparents and parents, some collected from skips or lying by the road – they resonate with memory and history as they become his materials – revealing as much about his own life as that of modern Poland.


Miroslaw Balka was born in 1958, he grew up in post Nazi-occupied, Communist Poland with its distinct and powerful Catholic church. He experienced the extremes of Martial Law in the early 1980s and soon the end of the Communist era later that decade.

With Phyllida Barlow, Juliet Mitchell, Kasia Redzisz, Anda Rottenberg, Andrew Nairne, Zbigniew Nosowski, Zuza Golińska and Tymon Bryndal


Big Drums on Little Carriacou
BBC Radio 4
5th June 2018
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Zakia Sewell returns to the home of her grandparents, Carriacou, a tiny island off the coast of Grenada, to learn about the island’s Big Drum tradition – an African ritual passed down through generations since the slavery era.

Her great grandfather belonged to a Big Drum group called the Lambert Brothers, who performed an African drumming ritual for the Queen when she visited Grenada in 1965.  She’ll talk to drummers and drum-makers who keep the tradition alive, and with local historians and folklorists on the tiny island, she learns how the Eastern Caribbean has maintained its connection to Africa for over 300 years.


Caribritish: Children of Windrush
BBC Radio 4
8th & 15th June 2018

In a pair of programmes to mark the 70th anniversary of the docking of the Empire Windrush, Hugh Muir explores what it means to be British Caribbean today. Recorded in Britain and the Caribbean, Hugh acts as a pivot between the different generations, drawing out the shifting sense of connection to the ‘homeland’ and the ‘adopted land’.

Behind Hugh is his old dad, now living in Jamaica, who he visits in the first programme. He arrived to Britain on a mission to better himself and return home in the 1950s.

In front of him, are the younger British Caribbeans: his daughters, the producer Zakia and others. In the second programme he asks whether the legacy and experience of the Windrush generation is still important to them today. Through their passions, work, aspirations and preoccupations we’ll hear if there is a strong connection to the language, culture and heritage of the Caribbean, and how younger people experience this in Britain today.



Alison Turnbull: Butterflies
BBC Radio 4
18th June 2018

Colombian-born artist Alison Turnbull and Blanca Huertas, curator of butterflies at the Natural History Museum, set out on a mission to the region of Base Choco in Colombia. The region has the most butterflies and moths in the world, and while Blanca seeks new species variations, Alison considers the symmetry, mimicry, movement and scale of these incredible insects.

It’s the trip of a lifetime, though the contradictions of the area are impossible to ignore: while the region has suffered from isolation due to decades of bandits and drug protectionism, its remoteness has allowed for an ecology in which butterflies thrive. But the developers are moving in…

Alison and Blanca’s journey takes in ecology, conservation and the collaboration of art and science.


Aarhus European City of Culture 2017
Conversations in Time




‘Conversations in Time’ brings together an audiobook of Suzi Gablik’s important book Conversations Before the End of Time, first published in 1995, along with a series of new conversations inspired by Gablik’s original dialogues. The book was driven by what she believed was a crisis point for art, humanity and the environment.

These conversations and the audiobook of Gablik’s original book are distributed within the Public Programme ‘Conversations in Time’, part of the European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017.

“Aarhus 2017 is delighted to partner with Cast Iron Radio to bring ‘Conversations in Time’ to people across the world via podcasting. These specially curated conversations open up ideas and stories that interrogate and contemplate the place and role of art and creative pursuits as we push into the next decades of the 21st century.” Juliana Engberg, Programme Director

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