2/4 Jonathan Bate travels to Manchester to investigate the Peterloo Massacre.
1/4 Jonathan Bate travels to Dublin to investigate the 1916 Easter Rising.
Michael Symmons Roberts explores why so many poets choose to become opera librettists.
5/5 Writer Lucy Mangan turns to fairy tales in a search for literary solutions to the economy.
4/5 Lucy looks for economic solutions in Anthony Trollope's The Last Chronicle of Barset.
3/5 Lucy looks for economic solutions in Mark Twain's short story The Million Pound Bank Note.
2/5 Writer Lucy Mangan looks at the economic theories in The Treasure Seekers by E Nesbit.
1/5 Will Lucy find a solution to economic recovery in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?
As a part of Radio 4's Character Invasion: is this a golden age for fictional characters?
How some of the earliest American literary classics were actually written in Birmingham.