The Russian writer who exposed the grim, nightmarish world of Soviet forced labour camps
Andrew Motion talks to James Naughtie about his 10 years as Poet Laureate.
Andrew and Fiona share their thoughts on making the programme
Mary Ann Sieghart profiles Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Henri Bergson's ideas about our experience of time passing
Glenda Jackson presents a documentary in Paris about influential French writer Emile Zola.
Lenny Henry focuses on how Caribbean migration has been reflected on stage and screen.
Mark Lawson talks to Chinua Achebe for Radio 4’s Front Row. First broadcast in June 2007.
Theatre director, actress and writer Yvonne Brewster nominates poet Claude McKay.
Darcus Howe discusses his uncle, the sportsman, writer and revolutionary CLR James.
Kirill Gerstein chooses conductor, composer and virtuoso Ferruccio Busoni.
Trinidad-born writer Errol John remembered.
Dominic Lawson interviews Garry Kasparov over a game of chess.
Screenwriter Hossein Amini meets playwright and director Conor McPherson.
Booker prize-winning novelist Howard Jacobson in conversation with his heroes.
Interviewed by Mark Lawson
Reflections on the modern pioneers of the environmental movement. Today - Ken Saro-Wiwa.
Anne McElvoy explores rival liberal solutions to the 1930s Depression.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Spanish poet and playwright's work, life and death.
Exploring the life and work of India's master of the short story, Saadat Hasan Manto.
Sarfraz Manzoor tells the story of Pakistani writer Sa'adat Manto and assesses his legacy.
Michael Berkeley's guest is the Irish poet Maurice Riordan.
Michael Holroyd talks to James Naughtie about his book A Strange Eventful History.
Owen Sheers talks to Michael Berkeley about poetry, music and rugby.
Owen Sheers talks about his novel I Saw A Man. Presented by James Naughtie.
50 years after Kavanagh's death Theo Dorgan finds out why the Irish poet is so loved today
Edmund de Waal, ceramicist and author chooses Holocaust writer Primo Levi.
Why free market Austrian economics have inspired a rap video and attracted new fans.
Ian Sansom looks at the life and legacy of Soviet poet and artist, Vladimir Mayakovsky.
Irish writer Roddy Doyle joins James Naughtie to discuss his novel Paddy Clarke HA HA HA.