Melvyn Bragg, Elizabeth Day, Stephen Fry, Simon Oldfield and Eliza Bonham Carter feature in an episode dedicated to art and literature.

In this programme, we explore how the interaction between art and literature both enhances and reflects our lives.

We’ve told stories and created art since human civilisation began. Art and literature can touch us deeply, galvanise us into action, elicit big ideas and, sometimes, horrific acts.

Our studio guests in this programme are very special: they have made the creative partnership of art and literature their lives and professions.

Melvyn Bragg is an author, broadcaster and champion of the arts. He is joined by Eliza Bonham Carter from the Royal Academy of Arts. Completing our panel are the co-founders of Pin Drop, former gallery owner Simon Oldfield and acclaimed author Elizabeth Day.

The programme also features Stephen Fry reading Bethan Roberts’ short story, Ms. Featherstone and The Beast, winner of the Pin Drop Short Story Award in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts.

Listen to Melvyn Bragg,  Eliza Bonham Carter, Simon Oldfield and Elizabeth Day discuss art and literature

Elizabeth Day reads an extract from her short story, On Heat

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