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Roxanna Panufnik

Our guest this month is composer extraordinaire Roxanna Panufnik, one of Britain’s best loved composers. She studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music and, since then, has written a wide range of pieces – opera, ballet, music theatre, choral works, orchestral and chamber compositions, and music for film and television – which have been performed all over the world. She is renowned for her choral and multi-faith works (such as Love Abide; or Dance of Life: Tallinn Mass for the Tallinn Philharmonic) and for her love of music from around t…

4th June 2021 • Interviewed by Clémentine • Duration: 28:35

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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

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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