Rosie Goldsmith

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Release date: 5th February 2021
Interviewed by: Clémentine

Rosie Goldsmith is an award-winning journalist specialising in arts and foreign affairs. In twenty years at the BBC, she travelled the world, presented several flagship programmes, such as Crossing Continents and Front Row, and interviewed some of our leading cultural and literary figures, from Margaret Atwood to Edmund de Waal and Antony Gormley.

Rosie is a linguist and has lived in Europe, Africa and the USA. Today she combines journalism with chairing and curating arts and literary events and festivals for leading cultural organisations. Known as a champion of international literature, translation and language learning, she promotes them whenever she can. She is Founder and Director of the European Literature Network, editor of The Riveter magazine and was Chair of the Judges of the EBRD Literature Prize from 2018–2020. Rosie works with major cultural projects and institutions, such as Future Library Norway and the Victoria and Albert Museum London.

In this podcast, recorded during the January lockdown, Rosie tells Clémentine about the joy of reading, her professional literary discoveries and how authors have much more power than they often realise.

On this podcast, Rosie mentions the following books: The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante, Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell (Hamnet coming soon in paperback), The Odyssey by Homer, Virgil’s Aeneid, The Comple Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery, Heidi by Johanna Spyri, Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter, Hamlet by Shakespeare, After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell, Instruction for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell, The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell and The Distance Between Us by Maggie O’Farrell.

Rosie also mentions D.H. Lawrence, Axel Scheffler, Zadie Smith, Kate Atkinson, David Mitchell, Alberto Moravia, Günter Grass, Helen Dunmore, Doris Lessing, Rachel Cusk, Linda Grant, Carol Shields, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Deborah Levy, Elif Shafak, Ben Okri, Elena Ferrante and John le Carré.

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