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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: Preti Taneja

Preti Taneja talks about her epic debut novel, We That Are Young, which is set in India and inspired by King Lear. We also hear from Elena Mannion of Pikku Publishing about the joys of running a small press. And University Challenge superstars Bobby Seagull and Eric Monkman discuss their new quiz book. Presented by […]

Duration: 00:49:38

Bookmark: Clare Mulley

Leigh Chambers welcomes award-winning historical biographer, Clare Mulley. Clare talks about her latest book The Women Who Flew For Hitler which examines the contrasting but strangely parallel lives of two female pilots awarded medals for their services to the Third Reich. We also hear from Writer-In-Residence for the A14, Daisy Johnson, on finding poetry in […]

Duration: 00:52:21

Bookmark: Justin Miles

Leigh Chambers welcomes explorer and author Justin Miles whose uses his expeditions around the world to support global education projects. He explains why he decided to become an explorer after suffering brain damage in an accident, and how he uses his books to encourage young adventurers. We also hear from performance poet, Neil Hilborn, whose […]

Duration: 00:49:12

Bookmark: Judith Lennox

Leigh Chambers welcomes Judith Lennox to the show. Judith has sold over three and a half million books worldwide. She tells Leigh what motivates her and how living with scoliosis has influenced her writing. We also hear from children’s author, Victor Watson, on why he likes to set his stories during world war two. And […]

Duration: 00:50:17

Bookmark: Hina Belitz

Bookmark welcomes Hina Belitz whose debut novel, Set Me Free, deals with issues of immigration, domestic violence and arranged marriages. She’ll also reveal how her own arranged marriage caught the attention of Morgan Freeman. We also hear from Joanne Limburg discussing her memoir Small Pieces about coming to terms with her brother’s suicide. And children’s […]

Duration: 00:50:06

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

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