Colm Toibin profiles the brilliance and the madness of American poet Robert Lowell.
Matthew Parris meets financial guru Alvin Hall, whose hero is James Baldwin.
Writer and comedy star Rhona Cameron champions Charles Bukowski.
Acclaimed critic Sir Christopher Ricks discusses his passion for T. S. Eliot.
Literary critic Christopher Ricks on the annotated poems of T. S. Eliot.
Colin Johnson has an imagined conversation with his late grandmother, Maya Angelou.
Fiona Sampson considers the work of the Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz.
Writer and comedian David Baddiel explores the life of novelist John Updike.
Lenny Henry stars in a musical fantasy about TS Eliot's 1964 dinner with Groucho Marx.
Helen Lederer chooses writer, poet and barbed wit, Dorothy Parker.
Writer and actress Helen Lederer nominates the writer-poet Dorothy Parker.
Lavinia Greenlaw meets Bishop's cousin
Elizabeth Bishop's House
Novelist Bernardine Evaristo looks at how Baraka began establishing the movement.
Bernardine talks to the poets Sonia Sanchez and Nikki Giovanni, luminaries of the movement
Erin Pizzey chooses American writer Gertrude Stein.
Writer Jeet Thayil retraces beat poet Allen Ginsberg's travels round India in the 1960s.
Clare Balding is back with a new series of walks with a literary theme.
Memories of actor James Stewart (1908-1997).
Actor Jane Horrocks in conversation with her heroes, brought back to life.
Novelist Joyce Carol Oates on dealing with her first few months as a widow.
Elaine Showalter nominates the 19th-century American writer Julia Ward-Howe.
Singer-songwriter Kathryn Williams describes how Sylvia Plath inspired an entire album.
How an unlikely friendship led to Harlem poet Langston Hughes' epic 1964 BBC radio series.
Matthew Parris hears why the black activist and poet has been chosen as a great life.
Businessman Mark Constantine champions the life of Kahlil Gibran with Matthew Parris.
Short documentaries and adventures in sound inspired by the poet Mary Oliver.
Writer and campaigner Maya Angelou tells Dr Anthony Clare about her influences.
Michael Horovitz nominates fellow poet Allen Ginsberg as his Great Life.