BBC Radio 3: Free Thinking
Helen Mort and Blake Morrison; Oulipo
Teaching writing – mentors Helen Mort and Blake Morrison compare notes. Plus as Georges Perec’s memoir I Remember is published in English for the first time, we look at the rules of writing proposed by the Oulipo group which was founded in 1960 by Raymond Queneau and François Le Lionnais. Georges Perec (1936 – 1982) came up with a “story-making machine” and created a novel in which the letter ‘e’ never appears. Queneau’s Exercices de Style recounts a bus journey ninety-nine times. Shahidha Bari talks to Adam Scovell and Lauren Elkin about Oulipo.
Producer: Ruth Watts