The author on the imperial concubine, Cixi, who ruled China for half a century
Karl Ove Knausgaard and what motivated him to expose intimate details of his life
"Our story... That wasn't anywhere" author Toni Morrison on African American literature
The novelist talks about the themes of loyalty and belonging
On writing about minorities, contradictions in society and making his readers laugh
Playwright and novelist Michael Frayn on why he wants to make his readers laugh
Historical novelist Tracy Chevalier on why she wants to bring the past to life
Why author Aminatta Forna is drawn to the topics of betrayal, love and loss
Award-winning Pakistani author Mohsin Hamid on his passion for fiction
Razia Iqbal talks to US author Paul Auster about his work, and his book Winter Journal.
The prolific writer and academic Joyce Carol Oates on how she finds work rewarding
"I'm dyslexic... I see language as objects on a page" author Richard Ford on writing
How much has changed for black Americans since Obama entered the White House?
Razia Iqbal's guest is the novelist Justin Cartwright
Razia Iqbal talks to the feminist campaigner Nawal Al Saadawi.
Razia Iqbal talks to the Egyptian author of the bestselling Yacoubian Building.
Razia Iqbal talks to him about being an immigrant in the melting pot of the United States.
Caryl Phillips on how travel and life as an immigrant has shaped his writing.
Razia Iqbal talks to her about The Woman in Black which is about to be released as a film.