Afua Hirsch on her favourite fictional female. Recorded at the Hay Festival 2018.
Essays from leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond.
Sarah Churchwell celebrates various stars of the silver screen from the 1930s and 1940s.
Five Screen Gods homepage
Acclaimed writer AL Kennedy explores the power of voice, and what it says about us.
Voices On, Voices Off homepage
Andrew Martin's five essays muse on the county of his birth and upbringing.
John Keats' stunningly fertile year - 1819 - celebrated by five leading contemporary poets
An Ode to John Keats homepage
Five writers explore the odder, darker corners of English tradition.
Weird England homepage
Authors meditate on a piece of music that has formed the backdrop to their craft.
Writing Music homepage
David Hepworth discusses the golden age, and recent resurgence, of vinyl records.
The Lost World of the LP homepage
Five international writers consider an epidemic from the viewpoint of their own city.
Contagious Cities homepage
Ian Sansom's inimitable imagined correspondences with some of history's greatest artists.
Letters to Artists homepage
How great artists and thinkers responded to the First World War in individual works of art
Minds at War: Series 5 homepage
Writers reflect on various organs of the human body.
A Body of Essays: Series 3 homepage
Five writers explore Ted Hughes's work 20 years after his death.
Telegraph Wires - Five Views of Ted Hughes homepage
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough examines the great fictional forests of art and literature.
Stuart Clark argues that the idea of harmony continues to underpin both science and art.
Music of the Spheres homepage
Joanna Robertson shares five personal tales about the food that has shaped her life.
My Life in Food homepage
Twm Morys with a personal perspective on five stories centring on Welsh history.
A Bard's Eye View of Wales homepage
Writer Polly Coles reads a selection of essays about the life of Italy's public spaces.
Italy Outdoors homepage
New Generation Thinker Laurence Scott asks if feelings are becoming data, do they change?
Fiona Stafford's portraits of five iconic British beaches.
The Meaning of Beaches homepage
How studying literature helps trainee doctors to develop skills of empathy and reflection.
Narrative Medicine homepage
New Generation Thinkers discuss the lessons we can learn today from figures of the past.
New Generation Thinkers homepage
Series exploring why artists are drawn to forests.
Martin Gayford, an art pilgrim who travels the world in search of rare pieces of art.
Travels for my Art homepage
Dramatist Jeff Young considers the unusual array of muses that inform his and others' work
Kaleidoscope of Muses homepage
Series in which five women writers discuss a favourite female character from fiction.
Wisdom from fictional females homepage
Michael Goldfarb remembers the books he and his contemporaries read and films they watched
To the Barricades! homepage
Tom McKinney considers the ways in which he has been affected by the sounds of birds
Five musicians write about the music that has shaped their personal lives
My Life in Music homepage