The Monocle Weekly

Soosan Lolavar, Morten Strøksnes and Alex Preston

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23 July 2017

Episode 420

48 minutes


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We speak to musician and composer Soosan Lolavar about her new opera on immigration “ID, Please”. Plus, Norwegian author Morten Strøksnes reflects on his new book “Shark Drunk” and writer Alex Preston joins us to talk about the simple pleasures of birdlife – as detailed in his new publication “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”.

23 July 2017

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Introduction

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Monocle’s Henry Rees-Sheridan joins Robert Bound and Tom Edwards to look at the coming week ahead.

9 minutes

Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

Soosan Lolavar

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Composer Soosan Lolavar’s opera about immigration “ID, Please”, being performed as part of London’s Tête à Tête opera festival, stirred a curious case of life imitating art recently. She joins The Weekly to discuss why her British-Iranian heritage became a factor while working in the US.

14 minutes

Chapter 3

13 minutes

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Chapter 3

Morten Strøksnes

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Norwegian writer Morten Strøksnes’s new book is “Shark Drunk – The Art of Catching a Large Shark from a Tiny Rubber Dinghy in a Big Ocean”. He chats to Monocle’s Fernando Augusto Pacheco about the experiences that informed the book.

13 minutes

Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Alex Preston

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Author Alex Preston is best known for his celebrated novels set in contemporary urban settings. But his latest book is a compendium of birdlife found in the UK called “As Kingfishers Catch Fire”. Rob Bound joins Alex to discuss why rural England came calling.

12 minutes

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