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A Good Read

Julian Clary and Janet Ellis

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Comedian Julian Clary and former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis talk favourite books with Harriett Gilbert. Choices include Mischief, a collection of short stories by Fay Weldon. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Julian Clary
Interviewed Guest:
Janet Ellis
Producer:
Sally Heaven

Poetry Please

Robert Burns and More

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough with listeners' requests, including poetry by Robert Burns, Ben Okri and Gerard Manley Hopkins and readings by Sir Ian McKellan and Liz Lochhead. Show more

A Good Read

Caroline Lucas and Rod Liddle

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Green MP Caroline Lucas and columnist Rod Liddle debate books with Harriett Gilbert, including Flight Behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver and Red or Dead by David Peace. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Caroline Lucas
Interviewed Guest:
Rod Liddle
Producer:
Sally Heaven

A Good Read

Bidisha and Gillian Reynolds

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Writer and broadcaster Bidisha, radio reviewer Gillian Reynolds and presenter Harriett Gilbert choose favourite books including Wide Sargasso Sea and John Le Carre's first novel. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Bidisha
Interviewed Guest:
Gillian Reynolds
Producer:
Sally Heaven

Poetry Please

Rural Miscellany

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough presents listeners' favourite poetry on a rural theme, including works by Robert Frost, John Clare and Wendell Berry, recorded in his native Kentucky. Show more

A Good Read

Adam Hills and Steven Pinker

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Comedian Adam Hills and psychologist Steven Pinker discuss favourite books with Harriett Gilbert, including The Outsider, by Camus, and Richard Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Adam Hills
Interviewed Guest:
Steven Pinker
Producer:
Sally Heaven

A Good Read

Victor Adebowale and Rachel Unthank

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Lord Victor Adebowale and musician Rachel Unthank join Harriett Gilbert to discuss favourite books. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Victor Adebowale
Interviewed Guest:
Rachel Unthank
Producer:
Sally Heaven

A Good Read

Lionel Shriver and Mae Martin

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Lionel Shriver, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin, and comedian Mae Martin talk with Harriett Gilbert about books they love. One is an American classic unknown in the UK. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Lionel Shriver
Interviewed Guest:
Mae Martin
Producer:
Sally Heaven

Poetry Please

Philip Larkin

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Hull is 2017's European Capital of Culture, and Roger McGough is joined by Sean O'Brien, Douglas Dunn and Paul Farley to celebrate the city's most famous librarian, Philip Larkin. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Roger McGough
Interviewed Guest:
Sean O'Brien
Interviewed Guest:
Douglas Dunn
Interviewed Guest:
Paul Farley
Producer:
Sally Heaven

A Good Read

Rick Edwards and George Lamb

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Presenters Rick Edwards and George Lamb join Harriett Gilbert to talk favourite books, including Dave Eggers' Heroes of the Frontier and Queen of the Tambourine by Jane Gardam. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Rick Edwards
Interviewed Guest:
George Lamb
Producer:
Sally Heaven

Poetry Please

The Lakes and the Caribbean

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough with a miscellany, including poetry from the Lakes and the Caribbean as well as a trilogy for worriers. The poetry comes from Stevie Smith, Matt Harvey, and others. Show more

Poetry Please

John Masefield and the Sea

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough marks 50 years since the death of John Masefield with a programme full of poetry about the sea, from the Odyssey to the Ancient Mariner to the Mermaid at Zennor. Show more

A Good Read

Loyd Grossman and Skin

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Food lover Loyd Grossman and singer Skin from rock band Skunk Anansie talk to Harriett Gilbert about their favourite books, which include The Underground Railroad. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Loyd Grossman
Interviewed Guest:
Skin
Producer:
Sally Heaven

Poetry Please

Wounds and Scars

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Roger McGough presents a selection of poetry requests on the theme of wounds and scars. Including poems specially recorded for the programme by Hollie McNish. Show more

A Good Read

Rebecca Root & Jake Arnott

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

The Long Firm author Jake Arnott and actor Rebecca Root nominate favourite books for discussion with Harriett Gilbert, including a Kurt Vonnegut classic and a graphic novel. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Jake Arnott
Interviewed Guest:
Rebecca Root
Producer:
Sally Heaven

A Good Read

Martin Lewis and Tanita Tikaram

Duration: 30 minutes

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

Available for over a year

Martin Lewis and Tanita Tikaram join Harriett Gilbert to talk about books they love, including the first in CJ Sansom's Shardlake series and the novel Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Martin Lewis
Interviewed Guest:
Tanita Tikaram
Producer:
Sally Heaven