Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss St Augustine's account of his conversion to Christianity
Mark Lawson talks to poet Les Murray.
Fiona Sampson considers the work of the Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz.
Playwright Michael Symmons Robert explores the dystopic imagination.
Richard Ingrams nominates author and journalist GK Chesterton for regularly being right.
Humphrey Carpenter talks to Richard Ingrams and Prof Denis Conlon.
from the BBC Sound Archive
War reporter Tim Butcher chooses an exploration into the strange world of Graham Greene.
James Naughtie on the novelist who was a master of moral guilt and cold war intrigue.
Kim Henry Veltman joins director Jonathan Miller to discuss the Canadian writer on media.
In an extended interview, Mark Lawson talks to novelist Muriel Spark.
John Tusa interviews writer Muriel Spark about her long career.
From the Today Programme
The controversial novelist and travel writer talks about what spurs him on to write.
The life and work of the brilliant, acerbic and unpopular poet Alexander Pope.
Who is Pope Benedict XVI? Jane Little delves into his background to find out.
as chosen by Will Self
Comedian Russell Kane nominates novelist Evelyn Waugh, with Ann Pasternak Slater helping.
Sarah Vine chooses Dante, author of the Italian literary masterpiece The Divine Comedy.
Joan Bakewell explores areas of belief with Christian feminist writer Sara Maitland.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the war poet Siegfried Sassoon.
Mark Rickards meets the author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho.
Douglas Coupland explores the ideas, sound and vision of 1960s media seer Marshall McLuhan
Michael Symmons Roberts explores why so many poets choose to become opera librettists.
Patrick Wright explores English identity through the writing of GK Chesterton.
Through the poetry of Les Murray, an autistic savant begins to see the world differently.
Ken Hollings reassesses the life and career of 1960s media theorist Marshall McLuhan.