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Leigh Chambers and Alex Ruczaj present a fortnightly show featuring Cambridge-based writers.

Leigh Chambers and Alex Ruczaj present a fortnightly show featuring Cambridge-based writers.
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Leigh Chambers and Alex Ruczaj present a fortnightly show featuring Cambridge-based writers.






Bookmark: Sarah Shaw

Leigh Chambers’ featured guest is Sarah Shaw. Her memoir, Portland Place, chronicles her time as a BBC secretary in the early 1970s and the development of a very unlikely romantic relationship. We also hear from Emma Bennett, Editor of the Cambridge Art Book, on commissioning images of the city from a range of local artists. […]

Duration: 00:50:53

105 Drive with Julian Clover: Ruby Muse

Julian speaks to singer-songwriters Jools Heyes and Malcolm Heyes, collectively known as Ruby Muse.

Duration: 00:10:22

Bookmark: Helen Marshall

In the first of a new series of Bookmark, Sponsored by Heffers, Leigh Chambers talks to fantasy and science fiction writer, Helen Marshall, about the world-building in novels and using the future to reflect on the past. We also hear from performance poet, Harry Baker, on how poetry helped him overcome his shyness. And travel writer Jane […]

Duration: 00:51:19

Bookmark: Katie Dale

Last in series. Leigh Chambers speaks to YA author, Katie Dale. Katie has a raft of young adult readers and writes at a prodigious rate to satisfy them, publishing 13 book in five years. She talks about how she manages to write so quickly and dealing with challenging subject matter. We also hear from Professor […]

Duration: 00:47:32

Bookmark: Megan Hunter

Leigh Chambers welcomes Cambridge author Megan Hunter whose debut novel, The End We Start From is already receiving rave reviews and tipped to win top awards. Megan talks about why she chose to write the novel in a poetic format and how being a mother inspired the subject matter. We also hear from Sarah Turner, […]

Duration: 00:48:40

Bookmark: Dr Annie Gray

Leigh Chambers welcomes Dr Annie Gray, author of The Greedy Queen; Eating With Victoria, an examination of the diet of both the monarch and her subjects in the 19th century. We also hear from Annmarie Young co-author with former children’s laureate, Michael Rosen, of a book for young adults about refugees and migrants. And there […]

Duration: 00:51:17

Bookmark: Rosy Thornton

Leigh Chambers welcomes author Rosy Thornton who divides her time between being a lecturer in law at Cambridge University and writing award-winning novels and short stories. She tells us how her two careers interconnect and why TV heartthrob, Richard Armitage, changed her life. We’ll also hear from Words & Women Competition winner, Melissa Fu, on combining […]

Duration: 00:50:30

Bookmark: Elizabeth Haynes

Leigh Chambers welcomes crime writer, Elizabeth Haynes to the studio. Elizabeth talks about why she doesn’t plot and how she keeps her readers guessing. We also hear two more winning entries from the Rock Road Library writing competition. And book sculptor, Justin Rowe, explains how he creates his beautiful works of art.

Duration: 00:47:33

Bookmark: Umi Sinha

Leigh Chambers welcomes Umi Sinha to talk about her debut novel, Belonging, set in India and England. She tells us how her own upbringing influenced the story and why she wanted more people to know about the role of Indian soldiers in world war one. Flash fiction writer, Ingrid Jendrzejewski explains why flash is where […]

Duration: 00:49:33

Bookmark: Tony Juniper

Leigh Chambers welcomes environmental campaigner and author, Tony Juniper. Tony will talk about his journey from nature loving child to leading eco-warrior and how writing books helps him sort through his ideas. We’ll also hear three more winning entries from the Rock Road Library Writing Competition. And crime writer, Alison Bruce, talks to Victoria Innes […]

Duration: 00:49:23

Bookmark: Sean Lang

Leigh Chambers welcomes Cambridge playwright and historian Sean Lang. Sean talks about how history shapes his theatre and what events have particularly inspired him. We also talk to novelist, Helen Marshall, about the new Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy at Anglia Ruskin University. And we hear work from another young winner of the Rock […]

Duration: 00:48:51

Bookmark: Malcolm Guite

Leigh Chambers welcomes poet and priest, Malcolm Guite, who talks about how his faith influences his poetry and why he’s a fan of the sonnet. We also hear winning entries from the Rock Road Writing Competition which was open to children and young people aged 6 – 16.

Duration: 00:48:51

Bookmark: Tom Connolly

Leigh Chambers welcomes Tom Connolly who joins us to talk about his two novels The Spider Truces and Men Like Air, and why he’s inspired by particular places. Dame Gillian Beer reflects on the continuing fascination with Lewis Carroll and Alice in Wonderland. And Claire Cock-Starkey, author of books on subjects as varied as penguins, […]

Duration: 00:48:58

Bookmark: Susan Quilliam

Leigh Chambers welcomes relationship expert Susan Quilliam. Susan has written more than 21 books on the subject and, in 2008, revised the classic text The Joy of Sex. In 2015 she was named Dating Expert of the Year at the UK Dating Awards. She’ll be talking what makes a good self-help book and relationship. We […]

Duration: 00:52:20

Bookmark: Helen Callaghan

Leigh Chambers presents the fortnightly show featuring Cambridge-based writers. This week she welcomes Helen Callaghan. Helen’s debut novel, the psychological thriller, Dear Amy, was a Sunday Times bestseller. Helen will be talking about the inspiration for the novel and how she devised the twists and turns of the plot. We’ll also hear from Alexander Masters, whose book A Life Discarded sees him attempt to piece together the identity of a diarist after finding 148 abandoned notebooks in a...

Duration: 00:47:28

Bookmark: Una McCormack

Leigh Chambers welcomes Una McCormack, author of both Star Trek and Doctor Who novels. She chats to us about the challenges and opportunities presented when writing for established characters and zealous fans. We also hear from Guinevere Glasfurd and Francis Spufford on what it’s like to be shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. And Shetland author, Ann Cleeves, explains how she does – or doesn’t – plot her crime novels.

Duration: 00:47:05

Bookmark: Sarah Burton

Leigh Chambers welcomes Sarah Burton, Course Director of the Masters Degree in Creative Writing at Cambridge University. Sarah talks about the work of the Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall where the Masters is based, and what makes a great creative writing course. We also hear from Nasreen Ahsun and Jennie Caswell about their book, The Laid Back Guide to Exams and Stress. And Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, tells Victoria Innes what prompted her to...

Duration: 00:49:44

Bookmark: Nicola Streeten

Leigh Chambers welcomes Nicola Streeten. Nicola explains how the death of her two-year-old son 13 years ago inspired her graphic memoir Billy, You and Me, based on diaries written at the time. Midge Gillies talks to Alex Elbro about her book Army Wives: From Crimea to Afghanistan; The Women Behind the Men in Uniform. And Caroline Shenton discusses Mr Barry’s War, her second book about the Houses of Parliament.

Duration: 00:50:26

Bookmark – Angela Clarke

Studio guest on this weeks Bookmark is journalist and author, Angela Clarke. Angela’s memoir of working in the fashion industry, Confessions of a Fashionista, is an Amazon bestseller but she joins us to talk about her debut novel, Follow Me, the first in her Social Media Murder Series. Described as ‘chilling’ and ‘invigorating’, the novel

Duration: 00:51:26

Bookmark – Sarah Woods

Leigh Chambers and Menna van Praag present the fortnightly show featuring Cambridge-based writers. The studio guest this week isSarah Woods. The studio guest this week is travel writer, Sarah Woods. Sarah has written nine travel books and won a Guide Book of the Year Award from the Travel Writers’ Guild. On A Wing And A

Duration: 00:48:50

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