The author of the greatest contemporary version of the Iliad in War Music, Kings and The Husbands Logue reads from his new volume of Selected Poems - "Modern Poetry at its best" - Dennis Potter, "I am crazy about it" - Henry Miller Raine reads from Clay. Whereabouts Unknown, poems written whilst he was working on History: The Home Movie. :I cannot think of anyone else writing today whose every line is so unfailingly exciting" - John Carey
Lord Burford tells the true tale of William Shakespeare, the pen name used by Queen Elizabeths courtsatirist, Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, whose devastating exposes of Court Life incurred the wrath of the government and resulted in his own posthumous oblivion.
What does Tony Blair's New Labour stand for? Who better to ask than the party's "spin guru" and MP for Hartlepool? And who better to interrogate him than the great journalist and editor of The Crossman Diaries and author of The Making of the Prime Minister? Dai Smith is the biographer of Aneurin Bevan.
The writer and broadcaster presents his new novel Credo, a magnificent epic tussle of faith and passion, sensuality and Christianity set in the Dark Ages. Bragg's bestselling novels include The Maid of Buttermore, A Time to Dance and Crystal Rooms.
In 1984, Birmingham accountant Alex Goodman went for a walk in his local woods with his family. The outing turned to bloody carnage and Goodman found himself, hours later, alone in a hospital bed with no memory and no past. The 10 year odyssey that followed is the story he brought to the explorer and writer, who has written the tale as The Sett.
Recognised as the key figure in the Golden Age of British Literature for his books Elidor, The Owl Service, Red Shift and The Stone Book Quartet, Garner talks about his writing and introduces his first adult novel Strandloper which explores and melds the Dreaming of the Aborigines and the ancient green magic of England
The author of A Village Affair, The Choir, A Spanish Lover, The Rectors Wife and The Best of Friends talks about her new novel Next of Kin - a story about incomers and insiders, change and resignation, set at the tragic heart of Britain's dairy farmland.
The author of Flaubert's Parrot, Metroland and A History of the World in 10½ Chapters reads from and tlaks about his collection of stories Cross Channel. "Julian Barnes, who has an exceptional following in France, seems to have done more for Anglo-French relations than anyone since Edward VII" - Sunday Telegraph.
We follow the dangerous trail of the French poet and traveller Arthur Rimbaud - the teenage author of A Season in Hell, the enigmatic trader and gun-runner in Africa, the lover and destroyer of Valerie. Nicholl previews his forthecoming book on Rimbaud with an idiosyncratic account of the poet's extraordinary life, told largely through Rimbaud's own words. Nicholl's books include The Fruit Palace, Borderlines, his award-winning investigation of Christopher Marlowe The Reckoning and The Creature in the Map.
Festival Driector Peter Florence chairs this discussion of treasured books with comedienne Jenny Eclair and the investigative journalist Paul Foot. Eclair recommends Nell Dunn's Poor Cow. Foot recomendeds Byron's Don Juan. Florence recommendeds Graham Greene's screenplay The Third Man.
Genetics is coming uncomfortably close to the questions asked by philosophy, theology, and even politics. It deals with issues of fate, of life amd death. If everything is in the genes, what is left of free will? If man is but a glorifed ape, where is the soul? If society is just a mechanisim for ensuring that genes are transmitted, what room is there for good and evil? The Galton Professor of Genetics and Reith Lecturer explores these questions, and talks about what is really In The Blood.
The psychoanalyst address the question posed in his book, hailed by Bice Benvenuto as "The most insightful, enjoyable and uncommon treatment of male and female sexuality I have ever read" He talks to the journalist Mary Loudon, whose books of interviews are Revelations: The Clergy Questioned and Unveiled.
Foreign Correspondant Peter Godwin chairs this discussion about investigative jounalisim with Andrew O'Hagan, author of The Missing. Editor of Granta, Ian Jack, and Patrick Wright, author of The Village That Died For England.
The pre-eminent Welsh painter, internationally acclaimed for his landscape work, talks to the art critics Nicholas Usherwood and Jonathan Miles about his series of intimate portraits of friends and acquaintances painted between 1944 and 1994, published now in a book by Gomer Press.
The Editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language explores the word games that fascinate us as children, entertain us as adults, and dominate the media. Crystal has a fabulous ability to convey his wonder at the richness of language and the games we play with it.
The cracking Scots novelist Alasdair Gray reads from his new collection of stories Mavis Belfrage. Keep listening through your laughter. Gray is the sharpest , wisest reader of his own work I've heard. MacDougall introduces his novel The Casanova Papers. The Spectator called his last work The Lights Below "A Masterpiece ... one of the great Scottish novels of this century".