Maureen O'Hara's journey from the Dublin suburbs to star of Hollywood's golden age. Read more
Queen of Technicolor
Maureen O'Hara's journey from the Dublin suburbs to star of Hollywood's golden age.
New Generation Thinkers: The Air that I Breathe
New Generation Thinker Alun Withey reflects on our desire for clean air.
Charles Dickens: Great Expectations
Sarah Dillon reveals a tale of money and passion behind Dickens's Great Expectations.
Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea
Sarah Dillon explores the arduous composition of Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea.
Jane Austen's Persuasion
Sarah Dillon discovers how Jane Austen's last completed novel, Persuasion, was written.
James Joyce's Dubliners
Sarah Dillon recounts James Joyce's epic struggle to publish his first book, Dubliners.
Literary Pursuits: EM Forster's Maurice
Exploring the long journey to publication of EM Forster's gay love story, Maurice.
Literary Pursuits - RL Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde
Sarah Dillon finds out the story behind the writing of RL Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde.
The story behind the writing of Victor Hugo's book is one of adultery, intrigue and exile.
Truman Capote: In Cold Blood
How a murder in Kansas prompted Truman Capote to write In Cold Blood.
New Generation Thinkers: The Endless Demise of the High Street
Dr Jade Halbert ponders the veracity of the long-running warnings of high street demise.
Wordsworth - Poet of the People
On Wordsworth's 250th, Jenny Uglow sets the poet in contrast to the economist Adam Smith.
New Generation Thinkers: Short Feature
New Generation Thinkers test their theories in the real world.
New Generation Thinkers: The Crankiness of CW Daniel
Dr Elsa Richardson explores the impact and legacy of radical publisher CW Daniel.
Musician Paul Purgas investigates the lost history of India’s electronic avant-garde.
Writing Across Distance
Writing Across Distance. New Sunday Feature from BBC Radio 3.
Afterwords: Toni Morrison
Reflections on American writer Toni Morrison in her own words and those of her peers.
Silent Witness - John Cage, Zen and Japan
How American experimental composer John Cage came to write his infamous silent 4’33”.
The Kershaw Tapes - Andy's Kitchen and On the Road in Africa
Andy Kershaw introduces rare recordings from his personal archive.
The Kershaw Tapes - Andy's Kitchen and On the Road in the Americas
New Generation Thinkers: Sloe Time
Nature's barbed wire - and giver of a fruit that creates a delicious warming tipple.
Cave Life For Beginners
Down down, deeper and down - Ben Cottam overnights in a cave in search of inspiration.
New Generation Thinkers: Short Feature - COVID and the Black Death; the imperfect fit
Dr Seb Falk challenges the repeated pandemic comparison of Covid-19 with the Black Death.