In York, author and academic Sophie Coulombeau finds a city and self changed by motherhood Read more
Sophie Coulombeau - Walking Matilda
In York, author and academic Sophie Coulombeau finds a city and self changed by motherhood
Top of the Bill
Adrian Edmondson on the pursuit of laughter
Adrian Edmondson remembers a riotous act from the early days of alternative comedy.
Susan Calman on Victoria Wood
Susan Calman recalls how first seeing Victoria Wood helped shape her own career.
Mark Watson on The Simpsons
Comedian Mark Watson on The Simpsons and the show's impact on his own work.
Deborah Frances-White on Fleabag
Deborah Frances-White remembers the very first appearance of Fleabag.
Stephen K Amos on Redd Foxx
Comedian Stephen K Amos on American performer Redd Foxx and his impact on his own career.
The Art of Apology
Poet Helen Mort reflects that saying sorry is often not just about contrition.
Poet Helen Mort explores non-apology through some of the poems that have shaped her.
Poet Helen Mort explores whether apologies sometimes stand in for a failure to understand.
Poet Helen Mort explores over-apologising through some of the poems that have shaped her.
Poet Helen Mort reflects on when apology stands in for a sense of sorrow and guilt.
Women Writers to Put Back on the Bookshelf
Charlotte Turner Smith
The Romantic poet who inspired Wordsworth is profiled by Sophie Coulombeau.
Lady Mary Wroth
The English Renaissance poet whose reputation at court was ruined by her writing.
The Scottish writer whose comic heroine Miss Marjoribanks bucks 19th-century conventions.
A Yorkshire-born writer with a European outlook who campaigned for World War Two refugees.
Zoe Norridge describes translating the testimony of a Rwandan survivor.
Home Sweet Home
Madeleine Bunting begins a new series examining the many dimensions of what we call home.
Writer Madeleine Bunting reflects on some astonishing instances of homesickness.
Madeleine Bunting reflects on the emotional fallout of not having a place to call home.
Madeleine Bunting considers the personal and political facets of a controversial concept.
In the final part of her series, Madeleine Bunting imagines the home of the future.
Higher Thoughts and the Meaning of Welsh Mountains
Jon Gower explores the five mountain ranges of Wales.
The Black Mountains
The Brecon Beacons
The Preseli Mountains
Paul Robeson in Five Songs
1. No More Auction Block
The life and struggle of Paul Robeson through song. Shana Redmond on No More Auction Block
2. Ol' Man River
Susan Robeson tells how her grandfather transformed Ol' Man River into a song of defiance
3. The Canoe Song
Mathew Sweet unravels the complex threads of Paul Robeson's rendition of the Canoe Song.
4. Zog Nit Keynmol
Tayo Aluko explores Paul Robeson's anguished 1949 Moscow performance of Zog Nit Keynmol.
Under the Influence
Jon Boden on the influence of apocalyptic science-fiction on him as a folk singer.