How this hugely enjoyable writer "homosexualised" the English novel
Dominic Lawson interviews military historian Antony Beevor over a game of chess.
Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke talks about his admiration for Stapledon
Great Missenden is Roald Dahl country. Helen Mark discovers the writers love of nature.
Cerys Matthews unlocks her uncle's rare recordings of Dylan Thomas's friends and family.
Darcus Howe discusses his uncle, the sportsman, writer and revolutionary CLR James.
Helen Mark discovers the Oxfordshire woodland that once belonged to author CS Lewis.
Michael Berkeley’s guest is writer Deborah Levy.
Welsh poet Owen Sheers chooses Dylan Thomas for Great Lives.
BBC archive from 1948
Writer Rachel Trezise tells the story of Dylan Thomas's broadcasting life.
James Naughtie and a group of readers talk to novelist Edward St Aubyn about Mother's Milk
On the edge of JM Barrie's Kirriemuir, Helen Mark discovers the real Never Never Land.
Michael Berkeley talks former MP Chris Mullin at the 2013 Free Thinking Festival.
Felicity Evans visits 'Herriot Country' in Yorkshire, made famous by vet James 'Alf' Wight
Writer Fay Weldon and biographer Vincent Brome discuss the life of the visionary novelist.
Alive, Alive Oh! And Other Things that Matter, Episode 3
Andrew McGibbon meets Anthony Frewin who outed two of Stanley Kubrick's impersonators.
Poet Jackie Kay recalls a childhood in Glasgow which inspired her to write.
Poet and novelist Jackie Kay meets Turner Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid.
Eddie Mair and Robert Peston interview Julian Barnes.
Andrew Dickson explores a provocative attempt to commemorate the signing of Magna Carta.
Michael Berkeley’s guest is writer Lisa Appignanesi.
As a young man looking for a literary hero, poet Ian McMillan found writer Malcolm Lowry
Set in 15th century and 21st century France , the novel has Joan of Arc at its heart.
Artist Molly Parkin revisits her paper round route with actor Bob Kingdom.
Patrick Gale talks about his novel A Place Called Winter with James Naughtie and readers.
Mark Lawson talks to Poet Jackie Kay.
James Naughtie profiles the storyteller who enchanted children with his grotesque tales.
Matthew Parris finds out about the life of writer Roald Dahl from one of his doctors.