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The Frozen River
A perilous winter pilgrimage to the source of Britain’s highest river
The Wells of Dee
Know Thy Selfie
Polly Coles reads the first of her essays on portraiture and our obsession with ourselves.
Portraits of Love and Hate
Polly Coles reads the next of her essays on portraiture and our obsession with ourselves.
Fame and Infamy
Polly Coles reads the third of her essays on portraiture and our obsession with ourselves.
Sitting - Our Place in the World
Heads, Bodies and Legs
Polly Coles reads the final of her essays on portraiture and our obsession with ourselves.
Odes to Essex
Billy Bragg explores the London-Essex borderland that fuelled his childhood imagination.
Washed Up in Essex
Writer AL Kennedy takes us on a watery journey through the county she now calls home.
The Refusal of Place
Writer Lavinia Greenlaw takes us back to the formative landscape of her childhood.
Brightening from the East
Writer and social historian Ken Worpole introduces us to Essex's radical past.
The Essex Way
Writer Gillian Darley celebrates the unsung and lesser-known delights of Mid Essex.
What is good acting?
Geoffrey Colman considers the art of acting and asks: what makes a great actor?
How to become an actor?
Geoffrey Colman discusses drama schools in his second Essay on acting.
On stage and on screen
Geoffrey Colman explores the differences between acting on stage and on screen.
How reality TV has changed acting
Geoffrey Colman describes the ways in which reality TV has changed acting.
The acting coach
Geoffrey Colman invites us to join him on a walk through a day as an acting coach.
Broadcaster James Burke links organisms that might not exist to a freemason’s opera.
James Burke links planetary orbits, the teeny-weeny and fake Scottish literature.
James Burke connects Italian electricity to Debussy via a baron's seances and your fridge.
James Burke touches on pine trees, chintz, bowler hats – and ends up on the ivories.
James Burke leads us via steam engines and iron coffins to the modern orchestra.
Poet Isabel Galleymore imagines herself as a limpet.
Writer and sound artist Belinda Zhawi imagines life as a southern African plains Zebra.
Writer Ned Beauman explores the world of the Devon beaver.
Playwright Sarah Kosar flies in the night sky with the soprano pipistrelle bat.
Writer Toby Litt is inspired by the world of the brown hare.
Rainsong in Five Senses
India and the Sound of Rain
Nandini Das curates essays from across the globe on five different experiences of rain.
Japan and the Taste of Rain
Australia and the Smell of Rain
Nandini Das curates global essays on five different sensory experiences of rain.
Paris and the Look of Rain
Nandini Das introduces another essay about the global differences in our response to rain.
England and the Touch of Rain
Nandini Das curates essays from across the globe on differing sensory responses to rain.
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.