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Meet the Writers

Want to know more about the authors behind your favourite books? Tune in to discover the methods of – and inspiration behind – some of the world’s most exciting writers. Every Saturday, Georgina Godwin hosts an in-depth discussion with the person behind the prose.

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Nicola Barker:

Barker has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and is a winner of the Goldsmiths prize. She discusses experimental fiction with Georgina Godwin.

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12926 May 2018
30 min

Nicola Barker: 

Barker has been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize and is a winner of the Goldsmiths prize. She discusses experimental fiction with Georgina Godwin.

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12819 May 2018
30 min

Peter Florence: 

As Hay Festival approaches, we speak to one of its founders about what makes it such an important event on the literary calendar.

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12712 May 2018
30 min

Jeremy Bailenson: 

Jeremy Bailenson is one of the most influential architects of virtual reality. He talks to Georgina Godwin about his latest book ‘Experience on Demand’, and how VR can transform education, environmental conservation, empathy and health.

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1265 May 2018
30 min

Guy Gunaratne: 

Gunaratne’s freshly published debut novel ‘In Our Mad and Furious City’ has seen him compared to Irvin Welsh, Jim Kellman and Ryan Gattiss. Here the author talks about how his second-generation immigrant narrative fed into his compelling first effort.

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12528 Apr 2018
30 min

Mihkel Mutt: 

Renowned Estonian writer Mikhel Mutt is a former head of propaganda for the government, as well as a former theatre and literary critic. He made his writing debut in the 1970s and has now published more than 40 titles. He takes Georgina Godwin through his varied career.

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12421 Apr 2018
30 min

Eddie Ayres: 

Ayres was widely known in Australia as Emma, a celebrated radio presenter. Unhappy in his own body, he gave it all up to travel to Afghanistan and teach music in a school. However an incident there led him to return to Australia and begin his transition from female to male. He tells Georgina Godwin that story.

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12314 Apr 2018
30 min

Cory Doctorow: 

The British-Canadian journalist and author – co-founder of ‘Boing Boing’, one of the most influential blogs in the world – talks about his vision for our digital world.

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1227 Apr 2018
30 min

Aminatta Forna: 

Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Aminatta Forna tells us about her life in Sierra Leone and London, her memoir on the killing of her father and her four novels, including her latest, ‘Happiness’.

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12131 Mar 2018
30 min

Adelaide Writers’ Week: 

We head to Adelaide Writers’ Week to hear from those behind the scenes, meet the directors, and befriend a kangaroo or two.

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12024 Mar 2018
30 min

Barbie Latza Nadeau: 

Barbie Latza Nadeau has been a journalist in Italy for the past 20 years and has covered crime in Europe, Italian politics, the refugee crisis and women’s issues. In this interview she talks to Georgina Godwin about two major Italian stories: Amanda Knox and the current refugee sex-trafficking crisis.

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11917 Mar 2018
30 min

Kamila Shamsie: 

This Karachi-born UK writer has penned seven novels and her latest, ‘Home Fire’, is a contemporary reworking of the Sophocles play ‘Antigone’. It’s an important read for anyone attempting to understand the world in the wake of September 11.

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11810 Mar 2018
30 min

Katharine Norbury: 

Norbury’s travelogue and memoir ‘The Fish Ladder: A Journey Upstream’ is a combination of exquisite nature writing, fragments of poetry and tales from Celtic mythology – all alongside her own extraordinary life story. She tells Georgina Godwin all about it.

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1173 Mar 2018
30 min

Shrabani Basu: 

Basu is the author of ‘Victoria and Abdul’ – now a major film starring Judi Dench. Basu tells Georgina Godwin how her background as a journalist, as well as her love of history, led to her books that tell the shared past of India and Britain.

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11624 Feb 2018
30 min

Andrew Holgate: 

What Andrew Holgate thinks influences what you read. As literary editor of ‘The Sunday Times’ his reviews and best-seller charts have a big impact on book sales. He tells us how he chooses what should be on your bookshelf.

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11517 Feb 2018
30 min

Ashok Ferrey: 

We head to the Fairway Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka to meet award-winning local author Ashok Ferrey. He tells Georgina Godwin about his journey from Oxford maths graduate to builder to one of the nation’s favourite authors.

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