Katherine recalls the contents of an old volume when walking home in the fading light.
Richard Mabey reflects on a bird that has inspired poets and musicians - the nightingale.
Bidisha on Carl Jung's Red Book, where the psychiatrist recorded experiments on himself.
Writer Ian Sansom reflects on the role of swimming in life and literature.
A first-timer attends his first ever Prom concert.
Poet and archaeologist Peter Didsbury extols the joys of rain.
Nigel Forde presents an evocation of summer, drawn from recordings in the BBC archive.
John Cheever's story about a young American woman who graces Europe's glamour spots.
Meg Rosoff celebrates a Hungarian children's classic novel by a contemporary of Bartok.
Novelist Louise Doughty investigates the influence of left-handedness on creativity.
Louise Walsh asks if the first British envoy to Tibet had two children with a local woman.
Andrew McGregor explores the intricate craft of making a violin bow.
Bill Nighy reads a summery tale of love and friendship by Guy de Maupassant.
A charming tale about friendship and old age by acclaimed Finnish writer, Tove Jansson.
Kate Clanchy on the importance of the summer house to people in Scandinavia and Russia.
Horn player and humourist Ian Fisher reveals what really happens off the concert platform.
Tom Service profiles the World Orchestra for Peace, founded in 1995 by Georg Solti.
Barbara Kelly goes in search of composer Maurice Ravel in the 9th arrondissement of Paris.
Lesley Chamberlain tells the stories of children displaced by the Russian Revolution.
Edward Jones reflects on caring for his wife through dementia and the new love they found.
Christopher Cook tells the story of a 19th-century maverick and wine-lover.
A thought-provoking story about identity by award-winning writer Jeremy Dyson.
Matthew Sweet investigates the weird and wonderful incidental music of Doctor Who.
An excerpt from the diaries of Leo Tolstoy's wife Sofia.
Five writers talk about the temporary jobs they took before taking up writing full time
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Thomas Franke on the growth of English language being used today in German.
JG Ballard's story in which a dangerous rabble comes close as Mozart rings out from villa.
Julian May on Lord Franklin's voyage to the Northwest Passage and the song about it.
A man confronts the former policeman who had a hand in his own father's fate years before.
Irene Nemirovsky's story about a dislocated Parisian at the onset of the Second World War.