Radio 3 Essay

              Radio 3 Essay

              Authored essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, themed across a week. Each episode is full of insight, opinion and intellectual surprise from one expert voice. The Essay is broadcast on BBC Radio 3 Monday to Friday 10.45pm. We aim to include as many episodes of The Essay in the podcast as we can but you'll find that some aren't included for rights reasons.

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              • Why I Write: Frank Cottrell Boyce

                Thu, 28 May 15

                Duration:
                13 mins

                Screenwriter and novelist Frank Cottrell-Boyce found a global audience as the writer of the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. He comes to Hay to discuss the subject `Why I Write'.

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              • Why I Write - Horatio Clare 27 May 2015

                Wed, 27 May 15

                Duration:
                13 mins

                The writer Horatio Clare grew up near Hay-on-Wye and set his first book against that backdrop. He returns to the landscape to echo George Orwell's famous question 'Why I Write'.

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              • Essay:Why I Write - Alex Clark 26th May 2015

                Tue, 26 May 15

                Duration:
                15 mins

                Literary journalist and writer Alex Clark has written many of our leading publications, and is a former Booker and Granta judge. She comes to Hay to ask 'Why I Write'.

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              • Why I Write - Daniel Hahn 25th May 2015

                Mon, 25 May 15

                Duration:
                15 mins

                Recorded in front of an audience at the Hay festival, five writers take George Orwell's title Why I Write as a starting point for their own explorations. Today we will hear from writer editor and translator Daniel Hahn.

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              • 22 May 15: The Meaning of Trees: The Birch

                Fri, 22 May 15

                Duration:
                15 mins

                A third series of these popular tree essays is again written and presented by experienced essayist, Fiona Stafford, Professor of Literature at Somerville College Oxford, explores the symbolism, importance, topicality and surprises of five more trees common in the UK. Across the series of essays, our ambiguous relationship with trees is explored. The three series have prompted an illustrated book of the essays planned for 2015.

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              • 21 May 15: The Meaning of Trees: The Holly Tree

                Thu, 21 May 15

                Duration:
                16 mins

                A third series of these popular tree essays is again written and presented by experienced essayist, Fiona Stafford, Professor of Literature at Somerville College Oxford, explores the symbolism, importance, topicality and surprises of five more trees common in the UK. Across the series of essays, our ambiguous relationship with trees is explored. The three series have prompted an illustrated book of the essays planned for 2015.

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              • 20 May 15 The Meaning of Trees: The Cherry Tree

                Wed, 20 May 15

                Duration:
                16 mins

                A third series of these popular tree essays is again written and presented by experienced essayist, Fiona Stafford, Professor of Literature at Somerville College Oxford, explores the symbolism, importance, topicality and surprises of five more trees common in the UK. Across the series of essays, our ambiguous relationship with trees is explored. The three series have prompted an illustrated book of the essays planned for 2015.

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              • 19 May 15: The Meaning of Trees: The Cypress

                Tue, 19 May 15

                Duration:
                16 mins

                A third series of these popular tree essays is again written and presented by experienced essayist, Fiona Stafford, Professor of Literature at Somerville College Oxford, explores the symbolism, importance, topicality and surprises of five more trees common in the UK. Across the series of essays, our ambiguous relationship with trees is explored. The three series have prompted an illustrated book of the essays planned for 2015.

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              • 18 May 15:The Meaning of Trees:The Horse Chestnut

                Mon, 18 May 15

                Duration:
                16 mins

                A third series of these popular tree essays is again written and presented by experienced essayist, Fiona Stafford, Professor of Literature at Somerville College Oxford, explores the symbolism, importance, topicality and surprises of five more trees common in the UK. Across the series of essays, our ambiguous relationship with trees is explored. The three series have prompted an illustrated book of the essays planned for 2015.

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              • Shadow of Kafka_5of5_Jeff_Young

                Fri, 15 May 15

                Duration:
                14 mins

                Franz Kafka means many things to many people. Five leading writers explore the breadth of his thinking, his world and how his work still resonates for them. Part of In the Shadow of Kafka, Radio 3’s series highlighting the work and influence of Franz Kafka.

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