This week on The Word, Harriett Gilbert discusses the work of the 18th
century writer William Ireland – the real-life con-artist who forged
and staged Shakespearian plays – and the subject of Peter Ackroyd’s
latest novel. But after fictionalising the lives of several real
people in The Lambs of London – does Ackroyd feel that the historical
novelist has something in common with the forger?
The Lebanese-Brazilian author Milton Hatoum talks about his first
novel Tale of a Certain Orient. He tells Harriett Gilbert how growing
up in a multi-cultural society on the edge of the rain forest
influenced his writing, and how the richness of Brazil is down to the
mix of immigrant cultures.
And we report from the first Kuala Lumpur International Literary
Festival, and meet some of the young writers from the region. Alfian
Sa’at, Bernice Chauly and Ayu Utami discuss their concerns about
censorship, sex, and how to make a living as a writer.
That’s all on The Word, with Harriett Gilbert.
Peter Ackroyd – The Lambs of London – published by Chatto & Windus –
Milton Hatoum – Tale of a Certain Orient – published by Bloomsbury –
New South East Asian Writers discussion:
Ayu Utami – novels: Saman (1998), Larung (2000)
Alfian Sa'at – collections include: 'A History of Amnesia' and 'One