Two deep thinkers discuss faith, fundamentalism, hope and humanity. Distinguished New Zealand theologian and author Lloyd Geering faced a heresy trial in 1967 for daring to question fundamental teachings of the Presbyterian Church, and aged 100, he is still a lively and provocative commentator. American journalist Sarah Sentilles explains why she decided not to become ordained as a priest, and how her spiritual beliefs have changed over time. They speak with writer Kate De Goldi.
Professor of Contemporary Poetry and Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Britain's poet laureate, visiting New Zealand for the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival.
Philip Ball writes on all sorts of science-related topics, including theories of colour, invisibility, and music. Eva catches up with him ahead of his talks at the Auckland Writers Festival and for the Royal Society.
Emily St John Mandel's latest novel 'Station Eleven' recently won the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction. She visits the Auckland Writers Festival this week, and tells Eva about what's behind it.
Professional falconer whose work in raptor research and conservation projects informed the writing of her book, H is for Hawk. She will visit New Zealand in May to speak at the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival , the Dunedin Writers Festival , and a WORD Christchurch Autumn Season event .
Rebecca Macfie, Lloyd Jones and Gaylene Preston discuss dealing creatively with tough stuff through non-fiction, family memoir, and television drama at the 2014 Christchurch Word Writers and Readers Festival. Finlay Macdonald is in the chair.
The UK journalist discusses the extraordinary story of Edward Snowden, and considers the action of spy agencies and their mass surveillance of populations the world over. Harding's interaction with the spies was sometimes sobering, sometimes absurd.
An intensely personal memoir by one of the country's leading writers of fantasy, exploring the roots of her interest in alternative reality, and intertwining her own story, and that of her family into a remarkable account of a writer and her times.
Zia Haider Rahman is a Bangladeshi-born novelist whose circuitous route to writing his first book included stints as a Wall Street banker and an international human rights lawyer. His book In the Light of What We Know is a cerebral and poetic journey in which two former friends, both of whom who are South-Asian and become friends at University, reconnect twenty years later.
Dirty tricks - power, politics and vasts amounts of money. Britain's phone-hacking scandal has made for a compelling story. In fact, George Clooney has just announced he's making a movie about it. We'll talk to the Guardian journalist who started it all, Nick Davies. He spent eight years uncovering the full extent of not only hacking at the News of the World, but how other British institutions were caught up in the practice.
The eminent historian Professor Margaret MacMillan explores the origins of the First World War, and the contemporary parallels to what happened a century ago. With Kate Hunter in the chair, this session was recorded at the 2014 NZ Festival's Writers and Readers Week.
In a very wide-ranging conversation Diarmaid MacCulloch talks with Peter Biggs about religious belief in the modern world. As well as authoring a number of award-winning books- including Reformation, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 2004 and 'A History of Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years' - Diarmaid MacCulloch has presented three BBC television series, is Professor of History of the Church at the University of Oxford, a Church of England deacon, a British...
Just what is it about Sweden and crime writing? One person who is a star in the genre is Camilla Läckberg. She has sold more than 10 million books in 55 countries, outselling even Steig Larson of the famed Millenium trilogy.