Goldsmiths Prize 11 October 2017 The Back Half: Ali Smith on the novel in the age of Trump The new NS culture podcast brings you the novelist's recent lecture on the state of the novel. Felicity McCabe for the New Statesman Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The New Statesman's new culture podcast, The Back Half, takes a break this week from regular programming to bring you Ali Smith's recent New Statesman/Goldsmiths Prize lecture on "why the novel matters in the age of Brexit and Trump". Listen on iTunes here, on Acast here or via the player below: You can read an edited version of the lecture in this week's magazine - get your copy now. Tom and Kate will be back with a regular episode next week. Find out more about the Goldsmiths Prize here. Our theme music is "God Speed" by Pistol Jazz, licensed under Creative Commons. › “Absolute hell”: what it's like working on the front line of the Universal Credit roll-out Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!