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Writers at Warwick

Warwick Arts Centre has been hosting live literature events, known as 'Writers at Warwick', for over ten years. Previous speakers include Salman Rushdie, Derek Walcott, Michael Moore, Alan Bennett, Wendy Cope, Sarah Waters, Julian Barnes and Umberto Eco. This series presents the most recent recordings of the Writers at Warwick programme.

Blake Morrison, 2008

16:36 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Maureen Freely interviews Blake Morrison on his novel 'And When Did You Last See Your Father?' and the making of the subsequent film.

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Michele Roberts, 2008

16:39 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Michele Roberts discusses her memoirs, 'Paper Houses: A Memoir of the 70s and Beyond.'

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Lee Harwood - All the Wrong Notes, 1982

16:22 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Lee Harwood reads from All the Wrong Notes and some of his other more recent work.

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An Interview with Lee Harwood, 1980

16:22 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Lee Harwood discusses his notion of the poem as shared text between poet and reader, maintaining narrative line and the importance of poetry readings and collaborations.

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Lee Harwood - Wish You Were Here and other poems, 1980

16:23 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Lee Harwood reads from a selection of his work.

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Lee Harwood - Sea Journals and other poems, 1978

16:23 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Lee Harwood reads from a selection of his poetry and prose.

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Anne Stevenson - Green Mountain, Black Mountain - 1982

16:22 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Anne Stevenson reads a selection of her poems and talks about contemporary women's poetry and the use of rhyme in her work.

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A L Kennedy - Indelible Acts, 2002

16:11 Mon 05 Jan 2009

A L Kennedy reads from her book of short stories and discusses the responsibility to the subject involved in biography, the problems which arise from pigeonholing authors and striking the balance between entertaining the reader and entertaining herself.

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Alan Hollinghurst - The Spell, 1999

16:09 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Alan Hollinghurst reads an extract from his novel The Spell and discusses writing from a gay perspective, his tragicomic approach to life and writing, and how he came to write his first novel The Swimming-Pool Library in a desk diary.

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Melvyn Bragg - The Soldier's Return, 1999

16:06 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Melvyn Bragg talks about his novel The Soldier's Return. He discusses the death of his father which inspired The Soldier's Return, his reasons for choosing to write it as a novel rather than an autobiography and gives advice on getting published.

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Lisa Appignanesi - Love and the Novel

16:04 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Lisa Appignanesi considers the subject of love and the novel and reads extracts from her book The Things We Do For Love. She discusses the treatment of love throughout the history of the novel, in particular the work of Henry James.

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Roy Hattersley - 2000

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Roy Hattersley and discusses his life, his approach to writing and Blood and Fire, his biography of William and Catherine Booth, the founders of the Salvation Army.

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Life Writing - 2000

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Why is biography so popular a form in the English-speaking world? What are its advantages and dangers? Is it true that in the case of biographies of writers and other artists, interest in the life tends to eclipse serious discussion of the work?

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Maureen Freely and Jane Stevenson - 2000

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Maureen Freely and Jane Stevenson answer questions on to what extent they choose their subjects or their subjects choose them, the importance of research and the tension between accurate historical language and capturing the spirit of a conversation.

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Joanne Harris - Five Quarters of the Orange, 2001

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Joanne Harris reads from her novel Five Quarters of the Orange, and discusses the family history that has inspired some of her books.

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Alan Jenkins - Harm, 1999

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Alan Jenkins reads a selection of his poetry and discusses practitioners of form in the 20th century such as Auden and Eliot, how the formal aspects of poetry are a way of bringing order to life and whether happiness can inspire poetry.

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George Szirtes - Reel, 2005

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

George Szirtes reads poems from his collection Reel and talks about the relationship between the covers of his books (paintings by his wife Clarissa Upchurch) and his poetry, taking inspiration from Greek myth and how he plans his books.

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David Morley - Invisible Kings, 2005

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

David Morley reads poems from his collection The Invisible Kings

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David Morley - New Voices, 1991

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

David Morley reads a selection of his poetry and discusses his transliterations of the poems of Osip Mandelstam.

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Allen Fisher - Unpolished Mirrors, 1982

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Allen Fisher reads a selection of his poetry.

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Alain de Botton - 2004

16:24 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Alain de Botton discusses status anxiety, how it operates today and how the notion of status has changed historically with Christianity and Western Philosophy.

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Michael Billington, 2008

16:40 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Margaret Shewring interviews Guardian theatre critic and author Michael Billington

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Michael Frayn, 2008

16:40 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Michael Frayn talks about his work, experience of the theatre and latest book 'Stage Directions'

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David Morley reads from The Invisible Kings

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Poet David Morley reads from his latest collection The Invisible Kings.

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Zoe Brigley reads from The Secret

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Poet Zoe Brigley reads from her debut anthology, The Secret.

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Jacqueline Wilson - 2007

16:41 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Jacqueline Wilson talks about how she started writing, the origins of Tracy Beaker and the adaptation of her book The Suitcase Kid.

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Jim Crace

12:25 Mon 05 Jan 2009

Jim Crace discusses his 'Work In Progress', his approach to writing, the role of literature and the challenges of the past tense.

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