The Jack Reacher author Lee Child investigates the unusual life of author John D Macdonald
A fragmentary look at the writer Susan Sontag through her own words and those of her peers
Novelist Julie Myerson pays a very personal tribute to Daphne du Maurier.
Colm Toibin profiles the brilliance and the madness of American poet Robert Lowell.
Michael Berkeley's guests is writer on families Andrew Solomon.
A re-examination of George Kennan's 1957 Reith Lectures, 'Russia, the Atom and the West'.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss WH Auden's life and his poetry from the 1930s.
Clare Balding explores the Cornish countryside which inspired Daphne Du Maurier's novels.
Writer and comedian David Baddiel explores the life of novelist John Updike.
Should we remember Henry Kissinger as America's wise strategist or its ruthless operator?
Lavinia Greenlaw meets Bishop's cousin
Elizabeth Bishop's House
Reflections on the modern pioneers of the environmental movement.
BBC Radio 4 Front Row interview with Philip Roth 27 June 2011
Writer Jeet Thayil retraces beat poet Allen Ginsberg's travels round India in the 1960s.
From TheLady in Scarlett Radio 4, 1989
Actor and comedian Jack Whitehall in conversation with his heroes – brought back to life.
Colm Toibin presents an intimate portrait of American poet John Ashbery, who died in 2017.
Novelist Joyce Carol Oates on dealing with her first few months as a widow.
Short documentaries and adventures in sound inspired by the poet Mary Oliver.
Michael Horovitz nominates fellow poet Allen Ginsberg as his Great Life.
Norman Mailer speaking in the last major broadcast interview of his life.
American novelist Philip Roth, 1933-2018.
Writer Bea Campbell chooses pioneering environmental protection scientist Rachel Carson.
Reflections on the modern pioneers of the environmental movement. Today - Rachel Carson.
How the poem helped in her struggle with gender identity
Michael Berkeley’s guest is the American novelist Richard Powers.
The creation and unexpected afterlife of WH Auden's poem September 1, 1939.
Historian and writer Sir Simon Schama converses with his heroes brought back to life.