Tracey Emin launches Radio 4's major arts series Cultural Exchange

Bernardo Bertolucci, Jeanette Winterson and Paul Weller also among 75 public figures revealing favourite works

BBC Radio 4 is lining up 75 leading public figures, including film director Bernardo Bertolucci, singer Paul Weller and novelist Jeanette Winterson, to reveal their most treasured cultural influences for what the station claims will be one of the most comprehensive arts events broadcast.

The network has already confirmed 30 names for the project, Cultural Exchange, which will see individuals selecting a single item to talk about, with the choices ranging from the King James Bible to an obscure 1960s album.

It will feature every weekday on Front Row until the end of July.

Artist Tracey Emin will launch the series on 22 April with her insights into a Vermeer painting – Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid. She describes Vermeer as "one of the first feminists", pointing to the unusual and fascinating way he depicted women. "He showed that
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Suggs found out dad died on Wikipedia

Suggs found out his father had died from Wikipedia. The Madness singer - real name Graham McPherson - did not know his drug-addict father William, who walked out on his family when he was three, and only discovered the fate of his dad when he looked himself up on the internet. Speaking in his show 'Suggs: My Life in Words and Music' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he said: 'One day my mate said, 'Have you ever looked yourself up on Wikipedia?' 'I looked myself up and there it all was. It said my father had died in 1975, aged just 40. The thing is, this website knew more about my life than me and my whole family
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