Books, Borders and Bikes - Podcasts
You can now listen to the full programme of the Books, Borders and Bikes festival in podcast form here. Select the podcast you are interested in and click play. There is a short delay while the podcast loads in your browser. If you use Itunes you can download them by using the link at the bottom of this page.
A literary walk in Palestine with Orwell Prize winning author Raja Shehadeh as he discusses his new book with comedian writer and broadcaster Mark Thomas.
Profile(s): Mark Thomas , Raja Shehadeh
Allan Little in conversation with Former Secretary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, Paul Van Zyl, and President de Klerk’s defence minister Roelf Meyer as he recounts how he came to release Nelson Mandela to create the Rainbow Nation.
Profile(s): Allan Little, Paul Van Zyl, Roelf Meyer
The haunting songs of celebrated Indian singer, Vidya Shah, while William Dalrymple creates a journey through the poetry and intrigues of India’s last Mughal rule.
Profile(s): Vidya Shah, William Dalrymple
Join a discussion with Cengiz Çandar, senior political columnist of the liberal Turkish daily Radikal, Kerim Yildiz, Director of the Democractic Progress Institute, former UN diplomat and Ambassador in Ankara, Sir Kieran Prendergast and Tûba Çandar, biographer of Hrant Dink, as they talk to Mark Muller Stuart QC about the Future of Turkey.
Profile(s): Cengiz Çandar, Kerim Yildiz, Mark Muller Stuart QC, Sir Kieran Prendergast
Meet one of the world’s leading conductors, Maestro Valery Gergiev, as he talks to James Naughtie about his life, the power of music to uplift and heal, and how Russia convinced FIFA to let it host the world cup. Geoffrey Baskerville introduces.
Profile(s): Geoffrey Baskerville, James Naughtie, Valery Gergiev
Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, Britain’s former Ambassador to Afghanistan and Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan until September 2010, discusses his experiences and his memoir Cables from Kabul with Scottish journalist Magnus Linklater. A frank and honest memoir, his book describes first hand a struggle that, by the time he left, was swallowing billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money a year, and had already cost the lives of more than 2,000 coalition troops, including nearly 350 British soldiers, as well as tens of thousands of Afghans, in and out of uniform.
Profile(s): Magnus Linklater , Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles
James Naughtie, Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Tam Dalyell and Magnus Linklater discuss the likely effect of the referendum and the Leveson enquiry on the British Union.
Profile(s): James Naughtie, Magnus Linklater , Sir Menzies Campbell
Join International Criminal Tribunal judge Ben Emmerson QC, former head of UNDPA, Sir Kieran Prendergast, Roelf Meyer and Lindsey Hilsum as they discuss how to achieve stability in Syria and whether military intervention, the use of targeted drone strikes and the use of other more controversial war on terror methods leads to a more stable world.
Profile(s): Ben Emmerson QC, Lindsey Hilsum, Roelf Meyer, Sir Kieran Prendergast
Join Steve Crawshaw Pamela Hogan, Richard Demarco and Paul Van Zyl as they discuss with resident Colombian philosopher Dr. Oscar Guardiola Rivera how the arts are being used to highlight resistance and promote change around the world.
Profile(s): Dr. Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Pamela Hogan, Paul Van Zyl, Richard Demarco, Steve Crawshaw