Latest podcasts on Literature

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11 Aug 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Anuradha Roy: 

One of India’s greatest living novelists, Anuradha Roy has been longlisted for the Man Booker prize for her writing. In this interview, she discusses her work, and inequality and nationalism in India.

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6 Aug 2018
30 min

The Monocle Culture Show - ‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer: 

This year ‘Less’ by Andrew Sean Greer picked up the Pulitzer prize for fiction, which was a surprise to critics as this accolade is rarely given to funny books. Robert Bound and writers Lucy Scholes and Andy Miller ask why this novel has been such a hit and whether we take comedy seriously enough.

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28 Jul 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Panashe Chigumadzi and Ellah Wakatama Allfrey: 

As Zimbabwe holds elections we look at its history through the eyes of Panashe Chigumadzi, a Zimbabwean-born novelist and essayist. Plus: we talk to her publisher Ellah Wakatama Allfrey of The Indigo Press about starting a publishing house from scratch.

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21 Jul 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Peter Hain: 

With an illustrious political career, Hain has been leader of the House of Commons, Europe minister and Africa minister, among other prominent positions in UK government. Originally from South Africa, he tells us about his life as an anti-apartheid campaigner and his connection with Nelson Mandela – the subject of his new book.

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14 Jul 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Tim Winton: 

As one of Australia’s foremost writers, Winton has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. He tells us about toxic masculinity and the accidents that have shaped his life.

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30 Jun 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Sir Antony Beevor: 

English military historian Sir Antony Beevor is the author of four novels and 12 non-fiction books. We discuss his latest book on the Battle of Arnhem, and the war stories that countries sometimes prefer not to be told.

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11 Jun 2018
30 min

The Monocle Culture Show - ‘The President is Missing’ by Bill Clinton and James Patterson: 

We dive into one of the biggest political thrillers of the year, co-written by former president Bill Clinton and prolific American author James Patterson. Robert Bound is joined by journalist Sarah Shaffi and Ted Hodgkinson, senior programmer for literature and spoken word at the Southbank Centre.

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9 Jun 2018
26 min

Meet the Writers - Sarah Sands: 

As the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction is announced, we speak to the chair of the judges, Sarah Sands.

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2 Jun 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - Ted Hodgkinson: 

We head to the heart of London’s cultural scene as the senior programmer for literature and spoken word at the Southbank Centre gives us a tour and talks about this year’s exciting line-up.

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19 May 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - 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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5 May 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - 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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23 Apr 2018
35 min

The Monocle Culture Show - ‘Property’ by Lionel Shriver: 

How important is it to discuss the author when you are reviewing a book? Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Katie Law, deputy literary editor for ‘The Evening Standard’, and John Mitchinson, publisher at Unbound, to review ‘Property’ – a new collection of stories by Lionel Shriver, answer this question and to provide further reading.

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7 Apr 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - 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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31 Mar 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - 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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17 Mar 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - 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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10 Mar 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - 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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24 Feb 2018
30 min

Meet the Writers - 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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22 Jul 2018
60 min

Sunday Brunch - Sunday Brunch: Writing in isolation: 

We discuss how writers deal with loneliness and meet some exciting first-time directors. Plus: the data behind literature and some Portuguese-Algarvian food.

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