The gardener and writer could transform the flora of any desert island into a magical paradise, but which works of literature would he choose to accompany him? In his 2006 conversation with Sue Lawley his track to save was The Beatles’ Hard Day’s Night, his book was The Collected Poems of Henry Vaughan and his luxury was the painting Hendrickje Bathing by Rembrandt…
Relive some of the defining moments in Ambridge history, delving into the rich archive of its scripts, to celebrate the highs and lows that have made the world’s longest running radio serial so treasured.
Does putting a monetary value on Wales’ environment help to show how important it is or does it in fact diminish it? How do we fully appreciate and recognise the value of its contribution to our health, wellbeing and economy? Morgan Parry, non-exec director of National Resources Wales, RSPB Cymru’s Katie-Jo Luxton, Alun Davies, Natural Resources Minister for Wales and The Telegraph’s Geoffrey Lean discuss.
In association with RSPB Cymru
One summer, the author was bequeathed a hundred pounds of ripening apricots, which lay on her bedroom floor – a windfall, a riddle, an emergency to be dealt with. The fruit came from a neglected tree that her mother, gradually succumbing to memory loss, could no longer tend to. From this unexpected inheritance came stories, invitations and adventures; in a library of water in Iceland, in the basin of the Grand Canyon, in the imagined emptiness of the Arctic. Chaired by Rosie Goldsmith.
In her new collection Bark the great short story writer Lorrie Moore explores the passage of time, and summons up its inevitable sorrows and comic pitfalls. Gimlet-eyed social observation, the public and private absurdities of American life, dramatic irony, and enduring half-cracked love wend their way through each of these narratives. Moore’s characteristic style is always tender, never sentimental and often heartbreakingly funny. Ferris’s dazzling new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour is about the meaning of life, the certainty of death, and the importance of good oral hygiene. They talk to Ted Hodgkinson.
Thrilling new tales of espionage from two emerging stars of the genre. An unlikely hero dives into the chaotic madness of Russia and Georgia’s deadly covert conflict, in a rapid-fire tale of corporate espionage gone awry in Morgan Jones’ The Searcher. Will Flemyng, the hero of Naughtie’s Paris Spring, is an embassy man caught up in the évenements of April 1968. For 11 years Morgan Jones worked at the world’s largest business intelligence agency. He advised Middle Eastern governments, Russian oligarchs, New York banks, London hedge funds and African mining companies. Naughtie presented the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 for 21 years, interrogating lots of the people Morgan Jones worked for. They talk to Georgina Godwin.
The peerless sketch writer yarns 20 Glorious Years In Parliament.
All over the world, Shakespeare’s plays find an audience, but often hidden within productions are thought-provoking, often controversial themes, about corruption, overthrowing power or teenage love. These areas of debate might rarely get staged, were it not for the cloak of Shakespeare’s ‘respectability’. This session discusses how Shakespeare slips by the censors, both historically and today. Simon Callow is an actor and writer. David Aaronovitch is a journalist who writers for The Times. Rachel Jolley is the editor of Index on Censorship. Alexa Huang teaches at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C
Julian of Norwich was the subject of medievalist and TV historian Janina Ramirez’s latest BBC Four documentary: In Search of the Lost Manuscript, Julian of Norwich. Drawing on the material in her latest book, Ramirez takes us further into the history of the Mother of English Literature, discussing what we know about Julian and why she deserves to be seen as a writer on an equal footing with Chaucer or Thomas More. Chaired by Peter Florence.
The broadcaster discusses her first novel. When Elizabeth Pringle, an inspirational teacher on the island of Arran dies, her will contains a surprise. She has left her home and her belongings to someone who is all but a stranger, a young mother she watched pushing a pram down the road more than thirty years ago. Now it falls to Martha, the baby in that pram, to find out how her mother inherited the house in such strange circumstances.