Matthew Sweet looks at frontispieces, titles and marginalia, and hard texts. Read more
Book Parts and Difficulty
Matthew Sweet looks at frontispieces, titles and marginalia, and hard texts.
Proms Plus: Moon Landing
Richard Wiseman and Melanie Vandenbrouck discuss the impact of the first Moon landing
Proms Plus: Music and Health
Naomi Paxton discusses the latest science and clinical practice
Proms Plus: 1969 The Sound of a Summer
Poets Rachael Allen & Jacob Polley join Preti Taneja to reflect on the summer of 1969.
Proms Plus: Nordic Summers Light and Dark
The legends and landscapes that inspire composers from Finland and Russia
Revisit Spike Lee in Conversation on Free Thinking
The film-maker talks to Matthew Sweet about BlacKkKlansman & his 2000 film Bamboozled
Proms Plus: Swans
Sacha Dench & Sarah Crompton discuss swans in the natural world & on the ballet stage.
Proms Plus: Tragedy
Tragedy ancient and modern with Clare Pollard and Jennifer Wallace
Proms Plus: Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe and the gothic
Proms Plus: 'Queering' Tchaikovsky
Shahidha Bari and Rolf Hind discuss Tchaikovsky’s letters, with readings from Tom Stuart
Proms Plus: Childhood, innocence and experience
Books for children and children in books from Romanticism via the Victorians to now.
Revisit Mike Leigh in Conversation about Peterloo, politics and his Salford upbringing.
The film-maker talks to Matthew Sweet about depicting history and politics on film.
Revisit Napoleon in Fact and Fiction
Anne McElvoy looks at Napoleon's biography, caricatures and professional impersonators.
Proms Plus: Literary Hoaxes
Shahidha Bari and Nick Groom on invented monks, fake Shakespeare and a "discovered" diary
Prom Plus: What Victorians Did For Fun
Historians Kathryn Hughes & Lee Jackson discuss 19th century entertainment.
Revisit Slavery Stories, William Melvyn Kelley & Esi Edugyan
Laurence Scott meets the family of a rediscovered African American writer & 3 historians
Proms Plus: Russian Folktales
Marina Warner & Sophie Anderson enter a world of walking huts and fish that grant wishes
Proms Plus: Kipling's Jungle Books
Anindya Raychaudhuri discusses Kipling's Jungle Books with Frances Hardinge and Sue Walsh
Proms Plus: Beethoven's 9th Symphony
Seán Williams explores Beethoven’s 9th and Schiller’s accompanying text, An Ode to Joy.
Proms Plus: Nina Simone's life and legacy
Nina Simone’s achievement with Kevin Legendre, Ayanna Witter-Johnson and Zena Edwards
Proms Plus: Landscape
Horatio Clare and Testament discuss landscape’s power to inspire writers
Proms Plus: Sacrifice
Why the bible story of Jephtha caused more controversy than your average burnt offering.
Proms Plus: Letters
Ruth Ware and Shaun Usher discuss letter writing in the 21st century
Revisit Anxiety, Teenagers, University and Leaving Home
Psychologist Stephen Briers, student Ceyda Uzun and Durham Univeristy's Caroline Dower
Proms Plus: Witches & Witchcraft
Professor Suzannah Lipscomb and Dr Thomas Waters in discussion with Dr Fern Riddell
New Thinking: Fashion, AI and Sustainability
The Future Fashion Factory and changing our attitude to #fastfashion. Plus AI and colours
Tolerance, censorship and free speech.
Susan Neiman, Ursula Owen & Christopher Hampton join Anne McElvoy.
Landmark: Susan Sontag's Against Interpretation
Lauren Elkin, Lisa Appignanesi and Ben Moser on Susan Sontag's 1966 essay collection.
Back to the '80s
Alexei Sayle and Adam Mars Jones join Matthew Sweet to revisit '80s film, tv and music
Comedian Sofie Hagen, Colombian novelist Héctor Abad & Isabel Hardman join Shahidha Bari.
Surveillance, Conspiracy, and Secrets from the Archives
Matthew Sweet on surveillance capitalism, The Third Man, and Stieg Larsson's obsessions
From The Spains to LatinX
Rana Mitter talks to Jason Webster, Ed Morales, Iain Sinclair and Iwona Blazwick.
New Thinking: Places of Poetry & The Colonial Countryside Project
Incl a Welsh castle w/ more Mughal Art than India's National Museum - a new UK poem map
Rebecca Solnit, Truth, National Poetry Day.
Who holds the power? The US activist and author Rebecca Solnit talks to Shahidha Bari.
The Frieze Masters Free Thinking Conversation about Art
Michael Govan Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art talks art with Philip Dodd
Modern Dutch Writing
Laurence Scott looks at the way Dutch writers are addressing history & contemporary life
Myth making, satire and Caryl Churchill
Monsters and myths in the art of Gerald Scarfe and Kiki Smith + Caryl Churchill's plays.
East Meets West
Orientalism now with Fatima Bhutto, Ziauddin Sardar, Tom Holland, and artist Inci Eviner.
2019 Booker Prize, The Power of Ancient Artefacts
Prehistory with Mike Pitts & Renee So, plus Alex Clark & Tinuke Craig
Farpais Crìochnachaidh nam Buinn Òir
Cathy NicDhòmhnaill le farpais airson Buinn Òir a' Chomuinn Ghàidhealaich.
The Woolly episode.
From Sean the Sheep & Damien Hirst to clothiers & a knitted bikini. Shahida Bari presents.
Jason Moran and Piet Mondrian
Jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran shares his view of Mondrian's Broadway Boogie Woogie
Is integration a two-way street?
Exploring intergration and being the only brown in the village.
Sarah Brett with late night discussion on the issues and stories that matter to you.