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A Good Read

Eliza Manningham-Buller and Elif Shafak

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Former MI5 head Eliza Manningham-Buller and Turkish author Elif Shafak discuss favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Choices include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's latest, Americanah. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Eliza Manningham-Buller
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak

Saturday Review

Rose Tremain; The Imitation Game; Wildefire; Allen Jones; Remember Me

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Rose Tremain's The American Lover; Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game; Roy Williams' Wildefire; Allen Jones exhibition at RSA; Remember Me on BBC1. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Razia Iqbal
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
Patrick Gale
Interviewed Guest:
Miranda Carter
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Free Thinking

Elif Shafak, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Javier Cercas

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

The lure of conspiracy theories, writing history as fiction and the public role of writer are debated at Hay by Elif Shafak, Javier Cercas, Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Shahidha Bari. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Shahidha Bari
Interviewed Guest:
Juan Vasquez
Interviewed Guest:
Javier Cercas
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Producer:
Fiona McLean

Front Row

Grimsby, Dominic Dromgoole, Poems that Make Grown Women Cry

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Arts news with Kirsty Lang, including Sacha Baron Cohen's new film Grimsby reviewed and Shakespeare's Globe's outgoing artistic director Dominic Dromgoole. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Quentin Cooper
Interviewed Guest:
Dominic Dromgoole
Interviewed Guest:
Anthony Holden
Interviewed Guest:
Joan Bakewell
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
Mick Herron

Front Row

Adrian Lester on Othello, Baileys Shortlist, Conceptual Art, Nicolas Kent

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Samira Ahmed reveals the shortlist for 2016's Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, and as part of our Shakespeare's People series, Adrian Lester chooses Othello. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
Alex Clark
Interviewed Guest:
Adrian Lester
Interviewed Guest:
Andrea Rose

Front Row

Made In Dagenham; Elif Shafak; Gold at Buckingham Palace

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LWLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 LW

Available for over a year

Made In Dagenham, the stage-musical starring Gemma Arterton, reviewed; Elif Shafak on her new novel; Gold, at Buckingham Palace; can comic books be both mainstream and subversive? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Samira Ahmed
Interviewed Guest:
Susannah Clapp
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
Kathryn Jones
Interviewed Guest:
Lisa Wood
Interviewed Guest:
Kieron Gillen

HARDtalk

Elif Shafak

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS AfricaLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Africa

Mass protests in Turkey have prompted a harsh police response. HARDtalk speaks to leading writer and political activist Elif Shafak - what is Turkey's spasm of unrest really about? Show more

Contributors

Interviewer:
Stephen Sackur
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak

Front Row

Carleen Anderson, Elif Shafak, the commuter in film

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Carleen Anderson discusses her album and stage show Cage Street Memorial, Turkish writer Elif Shafak on her controversial novel The Bastard of Istanbul and the commuter on film. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Carleen Anderson
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
Mark Eccleston

Front Row

Neruda, Casting on screen, Magnus Mills

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Author Elif Shafak reviews a new film about the poet Neruda, Batman to Broadchurch - the challenge of casting on screen, Magnus Mills on his new novel The Forensic Records Society. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Lang
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
Magnus Mills
Interviewed Guest:
Lucinda Syson
Interviewed Guest:
Victor Jenkins
Producer:
Dymphna Flynn

HARDtalk

Elif Shafak

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS EuropeLatest broadcast: on BBC WORLD NEWS Europe

HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur speaks to Elif Shafak, the Turkish novelist and writer - asking does the West get anywhere close to understanding Turkey's complex culture and politics? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Stephen Sackur
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak

Woman's Hour

Weekend Woman's Hour: Resolutions; Rape Crisis; Caring for an ex

Duration: 58 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Jenny Eclair and Viv Groskop on New Year resolutions. Visiting a Rape Crisis centre. Caring for an ex-partner in ill health. Everlasting menopause. Judith Tebbutt. Elif Shafak. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest:
Mandy Parnell
Interviewed Guest:
Jo Charrington
Interviewed Guest:
Amy Morgan
Interviewed Guest:
Diane Gaines
Interviewed Guest:
Jane Woyka
Interviewed Guest:
Jenny Eclair
Interviewed Guest:
Viv Groskop
Interviewed Guest:
Emily Holzhausen
Interviewed Guest:
Judith Tebbutt
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
Alev Scott
Producer:
Catrina Lear

Saturday Review

Upstart Crow, Midsummer Night's Dream, Knight of Cups, Louise Erdrich, Mona Hatoum

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Shakespeare meets Blackadder in Upstart Crow, Midsummer Night's Dream at the Globe Theatre, Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups, Louise Erdrich's novel LaRose, and artist Mona Hatoum. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
Denise Mina
Interviewed Guest:
Boyd Tonkin
Producer:
Oliver Jones

Free Thinking

2014 Festival

Imagining Turkey: Elif Shafak in Conversation

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Turkish writer Elif Shafak joins Anne McElvoy in conversation at Sage Gateshead. Elif talks about imagination and storytelling as well as Istanbul past and present. Show more

Free Thinking

Global anger and family conflict with Pankaj Mishra and Elif Shafak.

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Philip Dodd. With Indian writer Pankaj Mishra discussing anger and Elif Shafak talking about her latest novel, plus Douglas Murray and Julius Krein. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Philip Dodd
Interviewed Guest:
Pankaj Mishra
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
Douglas Murray
Interviewed Guest:
Julius Krein

Start the Week

Turkey: Past and Present

Duration: 43 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Amol Rajan discusses Turkey with Elif Shafak, Kaya Genç, Fadi Hakura and Bettany Hughes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Amol Rajan
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
Kaya Genc
Interviewed Guest:
Bettany Hughes
Interviewed Guest:
Fadi Hakura
Producer:
Katy Hickman

Duration: 35 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Elif Shafak, writer, is interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs. She has published ten novels and is the most widely-read female novelist in Turkey today. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Producer:
Sarah Taylor

Woman's Hour

Megan Mullally, Being Jane, The impact of TV show Girls

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FMLatest broadcast: on BBC Radio 4 FM

Available for over a year

Megan Mullally talks about playing Karen in the return of Will and Grace, and her musical collaboration Nancy and Beth. Four Janes discuss names, and what impact has Girls had? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Jane Garvey
Interviewed Guest:
Megan Mullally
Interviewed Guest:
Jane Pilcher
Interviewed Guest:
Jane Brodie
Interviewed Guest:
Jane Asher
Interviewed Guest:
Juliet Tizzard
Interviewed Guest:
Emma Sinclair Webb
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
Pandora Sykes
Interviewed Guest:
Simran Hans
Interviewed Guest:
Claire Robinson
Scenario:
Brian Dolan

Free Thinking

Jerry Brotton on Elizabethan England and the Islamic World

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Rana Mitter explores links between Elizabethan England and the Islamic world with Jerry Brotton and Elif Shafak. Plus John Breuilly on nationalism, and author Gillian Slovo. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Jerry Brotton
Presenter:
Rana Mitter
Interviewed Guest:
Elif Shafak
Interviewed Guest:
John Breuilly
Interviewed Guest:
Gillian Slovo
Producer:
Ruth Watts