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Lisa Williamson

Lisa Williamson spent most of her childhood drawing, daydreaming and making up stories in her head (but never getting round to writing them down). After university, Lisa adopted a stage name and spent several happy years occasionally getting paid to pretend to be other people. Between acting roles she worked as an office temp and started making up stories all over again, only this time she had a go at writing them down. She talks about her love of American YA, her wish to be anything but ordinary and her love of Adrian Mole – despite his failin…

6th May 2021 • Interviewed by Bella • Duration: 26:27

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Claudia Winkleman

Journalist Claudia Winkleman is one of the nation’s best loved broadcasters, co-host of Strictly Come Dancing and now Celebrity Best Home Cook for BBC1; easing us into the weekend with her Saturday morning Radio Two show, Claudia is family, and part of our homes. Here you’ll discover the book that turned her from reluctant reader into bookworm, find out why teenage Claudia tucked a tea towel into her jeans and learn how she gets her children reading. She tells us how she wrote Quite, an eclectic collection of witty essays on love, life and eyel…

1st April 2021 • Interviewed by Clémentine • Duration: 25:05

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Dana Mills

Dana Mills is a political theorist, lecturer, activist, dancer and author whose books include a biography of Rosa Luxemburg, a thesis on dance and politics and a new study on dance and activism. A voracious reader, Dana doesn’t trust people who don’t read books! In this podcast, recorded during the January lockdown of 2021, on Holocaust Memorial Day, Dana spoke to Will about the importance of reading books from cultures other than your own, on the unlikely opportunities for reading, on the need to fight for our libraries and on the joys of post…

5th March 2021 • Interviewed by Will • Duration: 42:55

Quotes On Reading

Alan Bennett

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by so…

Maya Angelou

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” 

Jamaica Kincaid

“I grew up in a place where books were very, very scarce, and I loved to read. I used to read the writing on my breakfast Ovaltine over and over again because it was in front of me, and I couldn’t hel…

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