Radio New Zealand Nastional: 5 December 2009
8:15 Kamila Shamsie
Kamila Shamsie is one of the new wave of Pakistani novelists who have found success in both Pakistan and the West. She is the author of five novels; her most recent, Burnt Shadows, is an epic narrative shortlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize. Kamila will visit Wellington in March next year for New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week at the New Zealand International Arts Festival 2010.
8:30 Simon Kuper
Simon Kuper is sports columnist for the Financial Times, and author of a number of books; his latest, written with Stefan Szymanski , is Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey - and even Iraq - are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport (Nation Books, ISBN: 9781568584256).
9:05 Jenny Uglow
British biographer, critic and publisher Jenny Uglow, OBE, is editorial director at Chatto & Windus. She has written biographies on Elizabeth Gaskell, William Hogarth, Thomas Bewick and the Lunar Society, and edited the Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Women and The Vintage Book of Ghosts. Her latest book, A Gambling Man: Charles II's Restoration Game (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, ISBN: 978-0-571-21733-5), is a study of the tumultuous first decade of the return of Charles II to the throne.
9:45 Maths with Gaven Martin
Gaven Martin is Distinguished Professor in Pure Mathematics at Massey University and the founding director of the NZ Institute for Advanced Study, which aspires to be one of the world's leading centres for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. Gaven will discuss counting.
10:10 Carole King and James Taylor
American singer/songwriters Carole King and James Taylor first performed together during their 1970 debut show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, which helped propel them both to the world stage. With their original band mates - guitarist Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar - they have joined forces again for the Troubadour Reunion tour, which comes to Auckland's Vector Arena on 10 April 2010.
11:15 Colin Gibson
Colin Gibson is Emeritus Professor of English at Otago University. His research interests include Chaucer, Renaissance and later drama, New Zealand hymnology, and the interchange between literature and the visual imagination. His publications include editions of Renaissance English dramatists, seventeenth-century poetry, and a large number of hymns and songs. 'He has been a member of the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust's editorial panel from its inception, and has contributed hymns and musical settings to all its publications, from Alleluia Aotearoa (1992) to Hope is our Song (2009). He is Australasian editor for a Dictionary of World Hymnody, soon to be published jointly in Great Britain and America.