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Monocle 24: Culture with Rob Bound


A one-stop shop for a world of lively reports and in-depth interviews on the newest and finest in art, film, books and the media business – and unique live music sessions from exciting international artists.

A one-stop shop for a world of lively reports and in-depth interviews on the newest and finest in art, film, books and the media business – and unique live music sessions from exciting international artists.
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A one-stop shop for a world of lively reports and in-depth interviews on the newest and finest in art, film, books and the media business – and unique live music sessions from exciting international artists.






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Something Old, Something New: Melissa Harrison and Dan Richards

Melissa Harrison and Dan Richards are friends and writers who both deal with, among other things, the natural world. They chat to Robert Bound about the books, music and places that have inspired them throughout their careers.

Duration: 00:29:14

Lisson at 50: ‘Everything At Once’

During Art Week in London, Robert Bound heads to 180 The Strand where a new exhibition called ‘Everything At Once’ is taking place as part of the Lisson Gallery’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Rob meets the people behind the show and the gallery.

Duration: 00:27:33


Holly Fisher meets Julie Shapiro, executive producer for Radiotopia – the US podcast network responsible for hit shows such as ‘99% Invisible’ and ‘Song Exploder’.

Duration: 00:25:26

Behind the scenes at Monocle: issue 107

We go from Christian-rock concerts in Nashville to painter Gary Hume’s New York studio as we meet the writers and photographers who put together the Culture section of Monocle’s latest issue. Plus: Lars Fossheim from Broen on the Norwegian band’s debut ‘I Love Art’.

Duration: 00:27:51

Something Old, Something New: Andrew Harrison and Andrew Mueller

Music journalists and old friends Andrew Harrison and Andrew Mueller are the guests on this month’s ‘Something Old, Something New’. They pick the items that have piqued their interest throughout their lives and careers.

Duration: 00:28:48

Autumn preview

We take a look at what we might be listening to, watching and reading this autumn. Robert Bound is joined in the studio by John Mitchinson, co-founder of Unbound, broadcaster and DJ Georgie Rogers, and Tim Robey, film critic for ‘The Telegraph’.

Duration: 00:28:15

Part of the action

We head to the theatre – but this theatre could be anywhere. It could be in a bar, a stairwell, an old warehouse or on the street. We’re talking immersive theatre, which isn’t a new thing but it has certainly become a trendy one. We ask industry experts what’s caused this.

Duration: 00:28:33

Technology talk

We explore the ways that technology has influenced and changed the English language with publicist Hamish Thompson and assistant senior editor of the Oxford English Dictionary Clifford Sofield.

Duration: 00:28:13

Green Man turns 15

We make our annual pilgrimage to the Green Man Festival in south Wales to meet some of the musicians who have been integral to its success and to relive some memories from the field with the festival’s return customers.

Duration: 00:28:06

The Summer Weekly

Robert Bound introduces us to the the latest addition to the Monocle family, ‘The Summer Weekly’: the newspaper we’re printing throughout August. From the nightclubs of Ibiza to music festivals in Helsinki, we take a sunny trip through the stories that have made the culture pages of our new publication.

Duration: 00:27:23

Do we need a new wave of rave?

Monocle Culture editor Robert Bound discusses the entrepreneurship and communal spirit of rave culture with DJ Norman Jay; former promoter for Bagleys and Pacha Debby Lee; and chairman of the Night Time Industries Association Alan Miller.

Duration: 00:29:54

What’s the point of literary prizes?

Off the back of last week’s Man Booker long list announcement Sharmaine Lovegrove, publisher at Dialogue Books; Anne Meadows, commissioning editor at Granta and Portobello; and Ted Hodgkinson, senior programmer of literature and the spoken word at London’s Southbank Centre, join Robert Bound to discuss the merits and problems of literary prizes.

Duration: 00:29:19

The Escapist

We dive into summer through Monocle’s sister publication ‘The Escapist’, a journal of places less explored. Robert Bound is joined by some of the team who brought the stories to life on the page and we head to one of our destinations, Bucharest, to find out about its burgeoning arts scene.

Duration: 00:27:16

Something Old, Something New: Fiona Stewart and Ben Coleman

Fiona Stewart and Ben Coleman, the mother-and-son duo behind Green Man Festival, discuss how music and the Brecon Beacons inspired 15 years of their annual bonanza.

Duration: 00:28:42

How do you write an essay?

The essay is a format that prompts a mixed response. While some marvel at the endless possibilities for ideas and considered prose, for others it’s a style of writing that brings back memories of homework and set texts. Robert Bound sits down with writer Travis Elborough to tackle what an essay is.

Duration: 00:27:46

Behind the scenes at Monocle: issue 105

In the July/August issue of Monocle, Robert Bound goes dancing in Tel Aviv and learns how to paint in Cornwall, while Andrew Mueller meets Saint Etienne as they release their new album ‘Home Counties’.

Duration: 00:28:52

Something Old, Something New: Sharmaine Lovegrove and Elizabeth Day

Tom Edwards stands in for Robert Bound in this month’s episode of ‘Something Old, Something New’. He's joined in the studio by Sharmaine Lovegrove, co-founder of Dialogue Scouting and literary editor for ‘Elle’ magazine, and journalist and author Elizabeth Day, to discuss the items that have influenced and interested them.

Duration: 00:28:47

What is the magic of Hay Festival?

As the world’s greatest celebration of literature turns 30 we find out what makes it beloved by so many.

Duration: 00:28:56

Poetry, what poetry?

We get our rhyming couplets in order with poet and novelist Joe Dunthorne, discover a collaborative project aimed at promoting poetry across different cities around the world and head to Singapore to find out why the country loves poetry so much.

Duration: 00:28:56

Behind the scenes at Monocle: issue 104

Hear from the people who put together this month’s culture section of Monocle. We find out about the factory that produces film sets for ‘Saturday Night Live’, discover what it’s like to be a TV critic and meet the woman behind a new arts concept in Toronto.

Duration: 00:29:07

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