The presenter of the BBC Radio 4 flagship arts programme Front Row, Mark Lawson, has been in Derry for the past two days recording material for next Monday’s programme, which goes out at 7.15pm.
Lawson talked to local crime novelist Brian McGilloway, who’s Derry-based thriller ‘Little Girl’ recently topped the Amazon Kindle ebook bestseller list. The presenter also spoke to Lee Mason at the Cool Discs music shop on Foyle Street yesterday, with Record Store Day approaching on Saturday April 20th.
A visit to Creggan saw Lawson catching up with the BT Portrait of a City team, who have their big launch in the coming days.
Lawson arrived in the city yesterday and left this afternoon. He’s one of the best-known arts journalists on these islands and a ‘Front Row’ featuring Derry is another coup for the city in Culture year. It’s understood the presenter, who also has a Guardian column, is planning to return later in the year.
Monday evening’s Front Row is also expected to feature the latest Best of Young British Novelists list, as selected by Granta magazine.