BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking
Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
New critical biographies of Sylvia Plath and Seamus Heaney and a reissue of Anne Sexton’s poems prompt a conversation for National Poetry Day about our image of a poet. Shahidha Bari is joined by New Generation Thinkers Sophie Oliver and Peter Mackay and biographer Heather Clark. And she talks to Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi about her new novel, which mixes modern feminism and Ugandan folk beliefs in the story of Kirabo becoming a woman and moving from village life to the city during the period when Idi Amin expelled the Ugandan Asian minority from the country.
Producer: Emma Wallace