Culture with Robert Bound

How do you write an obituary?

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16 January 2017

Episode 275

29 minutes


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It was a busy year for the obituaries desk at newspapers the world over as some of our favourite cultural figures have bade farewell. We speak to Harry de Quetteville of ‘The Telegraph’ about how an obituary is written and Will Hodgkinson, chief rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’, joins us in the studio to discuss how the death of David Bowie has played out in the press over the course of a year.

16 January 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Harry de Quetteville

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Former editor of the obituary page at 'The Telegraph', Harry de Quetteville tells us how you go about writing an obituary. Some key concerns: planning ahead, choosing who deserves to grace the page and what you should write about.

12 minutes

Chapter 2

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Will Hodgkinson on Bowie

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Will Hodgkinson, rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’, talks about how the death of David Bowie has played out differently in the press compared to other notable deaths from last year.

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