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A weekly show all about audiobooks recorded at the RNIB Talking Book studios. We talk to your favourite authors and narrators, along with reviews and news about new audiobooks. Presented by Red Szell in Camden and produced by Robert Kirkwood in Glasgow, you'll find a new episode here every Friday at 1pm plus bonus content such as longer uncut interviews and episodes of our occasional extra show, The Book Group. Talking Books is a free service from RNIB giving access to over 30,000 fiction an ...
 
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This week we're coming from The British Library, and the award ceremony for this year’s Yoto Carnegie Medal. Yusef Salaam tells us about his experience as a member of the Exonerated Five and how it fed into 'Punching the Air'. We go back to 2021 winner, Jason Reynolds, who examines the walk home from school in 'Look Both Ways'. Lynne Livingstone, M…
 
Waiting is an inevitable part of life, whether it’s in the waiting room of a GP surgery or waiting for lockdown to end.As part of the Waiting Times project, Dr Michael Flexer, a publicly engaged research fellow at the University of Exeter, explores different concepts of waiting and suggests that some forms of waiting – for seeds to grow, for the cu…
 
A Thriller Special! Scott Kershaw reveals how a spate of dog-nappings inspired his chilling high-concept thriller ‘The Game’. Femi Kayode transports us to Nigeria for his tense thriller, ‘Lightseekers’. CJ Tudor tells us how an innocent game with her daughter morphed into her creepy debut 'The Chalk Man'. And we return to Scott Kershaw for the Book…
 
Understanding James Joyce's eye troubles gives you a different way of reading his book Ulysses. That's the contention of Cleo Hanaway-Oakley, who shares her research with presenter Shahidha Bari. Emma West has delved into the history of the Arts League of Service travelling theatre, who went about in a battered old van performing plays, songs, ball…
 
Bill Paterson is a founding member of the 7:84 company established by John McGrath, his wife Elizabeth and her brother to create radical, popular theatre. Fusing techniques popularised by Bertolt Brecht with Scottish performance traditions, their best-known play The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black, Black Oil (1973) explored class struggle, the cle…
 
This week we will be taking a look at more of the books short-listed for this year’s Yoto Carnegie Medal. Katya Balen helps us find some inner-city wilderness and ponders our possessions in 'October, October'. Phil Earle takes us to London during the blitz, where a gorilla changes the life of an angry boy in 'When the Sky Falls'. Sue Divin looks to…
 
Witches, statues, God's body, the Ottomans, medieval church going and seventeenth century England as a "devil land" are the topics explored in this year's shortlisted books. Rana Mitter interviews the authors ahead of the announcement of the winning book on June 22nd.The six books are:The Ottomans: Khans, Caesars and Caliphs by Marc David BaerThe R…
 
Covert queer communities are examined as Naomi Paxton is joined by Dr Tom Hulme and Dr Ting Guo.Tom Hulme is senior lecturer in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen's University Belfast. As part of the research project Queer Northern Ireland: Sexuality before Liberation, Tom draws on under- or never-before used arch…
 
This week we're celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Sarah, Duchess of York, will share some royal reminiscences and explore her own lineage through her new historical romance ‘Her Heart For a Compass’. Robert Kirkwood discovers some Crown jewels in the RNIB Library. Onjali Q Rauf takes us on a right royal adventure as ‘The Boy at the Back of …
 
In Amia Srinivasan's book The Right To Sex she discusses some of the most hotly controversial topics of today: sex work, pornography, the nature of sexual liberation. What can and should a philosopher bring to these debates?Also, we explore one of the philosophical techniques informing Srinivasan's work: genealogy. First named by Friedrich Nietzsch…
 
Images of Cyril and Methodios adorn libraries, universities, cathedrals and passport pages in Slavonic speaking countries from Bulgaria to Russia, North Macedonia to Ukraine. But the journeys undertaken as religious envoys by these inventors of the Cyrillic alphabet have led to competing claims and political disagreements. Mirela Ivanova's essay co…
 
Sculptures like mouldy fruit, sea creatures that look like oil, blocks of ice carved from a melting glacier and transported to a gallery, reforesting a disused quarry: Vid Simoniti looks at different examples of environmental art and asks whether they create empathy with nature and inspire behaviour change or do we really need pictures of loft insu…
 
The discovery of goffering irons, the tools used to shape ruffs, by an archaeological dig in North America, gives us clues about the way the first English settlers lived. Lauren Working's essay looks at the symbolism of the Elizabethan fashion for ruffs. Now back in fashion on zoom, they were denounced by Puritans, shown off in portraits of explore…
 
Robert Kirkwood takes us to Dumfries House in Ayrshire for the Boswell Book Festival, the world's only festival of biography and memoir. We hear from Keith Brymer Jones, host of the Great Pottery Throwdown and author of Boy in a China Shop, Katherine McInnes tells us about the Snow Widows left behind by Scott's ill-fated South Pole mission, Andrew …
 
The first of our Yoto Carnegie Medal specials! Julian Sedgwick blends prose and manga to revisiting the aftermath of the Fukishima nuclear catastrophe in 'Tsunami Girl'. Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock tackles teen issues in her series of short stories 'Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town'. Manjeet Man explores the things we have in common, no matter where w…
 
The man who killed Gandhi is the subject of a new play opening at the National Theatre by Anupama Chandrasekhar. She's one of Rana Mitter's guests along with Balkrishna Doshi, a Riba Gold Medal winner for his buildings, which include low-cost housing and research into environmental design. He studied with Le Corbusier and historian Vikram Visana jo…
 
How decoding Erewash, Trent, Averham and other field, river and place names from old maps can help us understand flooding patterns in Britain. Dr Richard Jones, Associate Professor of Landscape History at the University of Leicester is one of Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough’s guests. Her second guest is Dr Rebecca Wright, a Social and Cultural Histori…
 
This week, we’re focussing on blind authors: Fiona Scott-Barrett charts the journey of her book ‘The Exit Facility’ from first concept to fully accessible print and audiobook. 84-year-old debut author Jill Fry describes what life was like for her as a low-vision child in her memoir ‘Born Too Soon’. Blind crime writer Mark Hardie shares some of the …
 
Ahead of the Yoto Carnegie Medal, we will be considering how children’s books approach some of the more sensitive topics life has to offer: LD Lapinski takes us to a dark place in the final adventure with her Strangeworlds Travel Agency Kwame Alexander gets poetic as he considers bereavement in his novel 'Rebound'. Angie Thomas addresses gun violen…
 
What made him great? Celebrated as a military leader, Alexander took over an empire created by the Persians. Julia Hartley's essay looks at two examples of myth-making about Alexander: The Persian Boy, a 1972 historical novel by the English writer Mary Renault and the Shānāmeh or ‘Book of Kings’, an epic written by the medieval Persian poet Abdolgh…
 
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