Poet Elizabeth-Jane Burnett swims the River Avon in search of inspiration.
From the Source
Swimming the Avon
Hay Festival 2019
Reflections on Daniel Defoe's 1719 novel, Robinson Crusoe, from the 2019 Hay Festival.
Horatio Clare explores the castaway myth.
Alex Wheatle reflects on Robinson Crusoe's themes of imperialism and slavery.
Alys Conran reflects on what it's like to read Robinson Crusoe as a novelist.
The Essay from Hay Festival 2019
Dodo: Music Monologues
First of 5 monologues by young writers responding to and incorporating a piece of music.
The Dead Dad Show: Music Monologues
The second of five dramatic monologues by young writers.
Reluctant Spirit: Music Monologues
Third of five dramatic monologues by young writers.
Every Night: Music Monologues
Part of five dramatic monologues by young writers.
Le Festival de Men: Music Monologues
Part of Radio 3's Take Five week of young artists.
An elderly woman finds herself trapped in a small aircraft heading for disaster.
The Dead Dad Show
A would-be comedian has a strange encounter on the train from London to Edinburgh.
A young girl with a disability describes her relationship with her mother.
A man with compulsive cravings finds unexpected solace when he meets a young woman.
Le Festival de Men
A young woman looks for love at the first-ever Festival de Men.
The Well-groomed Georgian
Alun Withey on what made 18th-century men shave off centuries of manly growth
Sword to Pen. Redcoat and the rise of the military memoir
Emma Butcher on the publishing phenomenon that was the traumatised Napoleonic Redcoat
Comrades in Arms
Tom Smith on the East German Military's fascination with its soldiers' sexuality
The well-groomed Georgian
Alun Withey on what made 18th-century men shave off centuries of manly growth.
Sword to Pen: Redcoat and the rise of the military memoir
Emma Butcher on the publishing phenomenon that was the traumatised Napoleonic Redcoat.
Under the Influence
Jon Boden on the influence of apocalyptic science-fiction on him as a folk singer.
New Generation Thinkers
Philip Roscoe asks whether our expectations of the lone entrepreneur are unrealistic.
Emma Rice reveals the influences that stamp her work as a theatre director.
Parallels and Paradoxes
Shahidha Bari examines the ideas behind the founding of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Shobana Jeyasingh on how different dance traditions inform her choreography.
Light in the Dark
Alexandra Harris explores the history of artificial light through literary sources.
Photographer and artist Tom Hunter on the impact that Vermeer has had on his work.
Looking beyond the Dead
Zoe Norridge ask why photos of Africa fix perceptions of the continent at its worst times.
Indian-born choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh reflects on the influences shaping her dances.
The Canon of Comics
Jon Adams compares the work of modern comic book enthusiasts to ancient biblical scholars.
Catch 22, Recycling fashion, Fred D'Aguiar, Wu Mali
Anne McElvoy watches George Clooney in Catch-22 on TV and looks at recycling fashion.
Amrit Matharu sits in for Mobeen
Breast is best: how do boobs affect your confidence?
Sarah Brett with late night discussion on the issues and stories that matter to you.
The Art of the Loop
Composer Matthew Herbert takes a critical look at looping and sampling in modern music.