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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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Polish literature at The London Book Fair:

Born and based in rural Poland, Olga Tokarczuk trained as a psychologist – but after discovering she was more neurotic than her clients she quit to became an author. We visit the London Book Fair to speak to her about her unconventional books – and also meet Andrzej Sapkowski, author of The Witcher series.

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6825 Mar 2017
30 min

Polish literature at The London Book Fair: 

Born and based in rural Poland, Olga Tokarczuk trained as a psychologist – but after discovering she was more neurotic than her clients she quit to became an author. We visit the London Book Fair to speak to her about her unconventional books – and also meet Andrzej Sapkowski, author of The Witcher series.

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6718 Mar 2017
28 min

The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature : 

It’s the Middle East’s largest celebration of the written and spoken word and brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to promote education and the love of reading and writing. We visit the Dubai festival to hear from crime writer Piyush Jha and editor of India’s ‘Screen’ magazine Priyanka Sinha Jha. We also hear from musicians, poets and some of the voices behind the festival.

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6611 Mar 2017
29 min

Jeffrey Archer : 

This week’s sun-drenched episode comes from the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in Dubai. Georgina Godwin catches up with Jeffrey Archer, whose books have been published in 97 countries, in more than 37 languages and sold more than 270 million copies worldwide. We also hear from the festival CEO Isobel Abulhoul, who tells us why she started the annual event back in 2009.

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654 Mar 2017
29 min

Catherine Mayer: 

The momentum of the feminist movement has increased in recent years. This year alone an estimated 4.8 million people have protested for gender equality and, in 2015, the UK parliament saw the birth of the Women’s Equality party. Journalist and bestselling author Catherine Mayer is a founding member and her latest book ‘Attack of the Fifty Foot Women’ draws on her experience as ‘Time’ magazine’s editor at large and uses illuminating accounts to outline the process of founding the political party.

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6425 Feb 2017
30 min

Steve Crawshaw: 

On ‘Meet The Writers’ this week Georgina Godwin meets Steve Crawshaw, senior advisor at Amnesty International, to discuss his most recent book ‘Street Spirit: The Power of Protest and Mischief’.

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6318 Feb 2017
24 min

Steven Uhly: 

Born in Germany in the 1950s with Bengali ancestry, Steven Uhly is no stranger to racism. But his Spanish stepfather enriched him with the culture of Spain and life in Köln made him feel as German as the rest of the city’s residents. We ask Uhly what it means to be German and he tells us about his life and writing career and his latest book ‘Kingdom of Twilight’.

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6211 Feb 2017
26 min

Héctor Abad: 

We take you to Hay Festival Cartagena de Indias in Colombia to introduce one of the most talented post-Latin American Boom writers, Héctor Abad. He’s a journalist, a novelist and now he’s written a memoir about his relationship with his father, including his shocking murder by paramilitaries.

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614 Feb 2017
22 min

Literature inspired by the Greek crisis: 

This week Georgina Godwin speaks to Theo Chiotis, a poet, literary theorist and editor and translator of the anthology ‘Futures: Poetry of the Greek Crisis’. His work has appeared all over the world and he’s translated contemporary British and American poets into Greek and classical Greek dramas into English.

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6028 Jan 2017
30 min

Kate Hamer: 

Hamer is the author of bestselling debut novel ‘The Girl in the Red Coat’; she’s now followed it up with ‘The Doll Funeral’. She shares her writing techniques – “When I write I see it like a film; it unfolds in the same way” – and talks about the influence of fairytales on her contemporary fiction.

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5921 Jan 2017
29 min

Max Porter: 

One of the biggest literary successes of 2016, Max Porter’s ‘Grief is a Thing with Feathers’ is a book about Ted Hughes’s crow coming alive. He talks about his astonishing debut – “this was an unpublishable eight pages of A4 paper” – the influence of Ted Hughes and how poetry and a crow might mend broken hearts.

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5814 Jan 2017
26 min

Books of Buenos Aires: 

Argentina’s capital has more bookshops per capita than any other city in the world. For this week’s show we step out of the studio to explore a few of its best: Eterna Cadencia, El Ateneo Grand Splendid and a secret shop in the neighbourhood of Villa Crespo. We discover why the city is so passionate about literature and explore the country’s contemporary writing and publishing industry.

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577 Jan 2017
30 min

Lord Hindlip: 

The record price achieved at the sale of Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ made world headlines but what of the man who sold the painting? Lord Hindlip presided over that sale and many more of huge importance by one of the leading auction houses, Christie’s. He’s now written a highly personal and entertaining account of life at the firm: ‘An Auctioneer's Lot: Triumphs and Disasters at Christie's’.

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5631 Dec 2016
30 min

Joe Dunthorne: 

We meet Welsh novelist, poet and journalist Joe Dunthorne, who made his name with his debut novel ‘Submarine’, later adapted into a film of the same name by Richard Ayoade. He graduated from the University of East Anglia’s Creative Writing MA, where we was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. His second book ‘Wild Abandon’ won the Society of Authors’ Encore award.

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5524 Dec 2016
30 min

Ruth Padel: 

The British poet, novelist, conservationist, critic and author joins Georgina Godwin for a festive chat about her latest book 'Tidings: A Christmas Journey'.

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5417 Dec 2016
26 min

Reverend Richard Coles: 

We hear from a man who has had three top-10 chart hits as a member of the Communards, plays the saxophone and keyboard – and is now an Anglican vicar. Reverend Richard Coles tells Georgina Godwin about his difficulties as a gay teenager, his pop success and his transition to a member of the clergy.

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