Literature Matters: The democracy of reading
January 30, 2018
With Philip Pullman, Erica Wagner
Philip Pullman talks to Erica Wagner about his writing life and the books that have shaped him.
February 12, 2018
With Malika Booker, Nick Makoha, Kim Moore
Malika Booker reads her poems alongside Nick Makoha and Kim Moore
Can literature solve poverty?
February 15, 2018
With Kerry Hudson, Aaron Reeves, Sarah Shaffi, Kit de Waal
Do you need money to access literature? If not, why are there comparatively few working-class writers? Can literature play an active part in reducing financial hardship?
March 13, 2018
With Rupert Christiansen, Aida Edemariam, Sigrid Rausing, Philippe Sands
What compels writers to share their private stories? Four memoirists discuss.
Muriel Spark at 100
April 26, 2018
With Ali Smith, Robin Baird-Smith
Ali Smith looks at 100 years of Muriel Spark.
Literature Matters: Identity and idealism
May 21, 2018
With Lisa Appignanesi, Hari Kunzru
Hari Kunzru reflects on what literature means to us; whether its meaning changes when you develop from a reader into a writer; and whether fiction should have political ramifications.
Crowned with green
June 7, 2018
With Liz Lochhead, Michèle Roberts
Liz Lochhead performs her poems and speaks about her writing life.
June 20, 2018
With Sarah Churchwell, Alan Hollinghurst, Hermione Lee, Elaine Showalter
We celebrate Virginia Woolf’s 1925 novel ‘Mrs Dalloway’.