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.
University of Notre Dame scholar Peter Holland is fascinated with William Shakespeare's influence on modern culture. As part of the Auckland Writer's Festival; Peter is giving a talks called Shakespearean Spinach, and The Role of The Critic.
Author of six novels, most recently The Bone Clocks, and translator with his wife Keiko Yoshida of The Reason I Jump, written at the age of 13 by autistic child Naoki Higishida. David Mitchell will visit New Zealand for the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival, and a WORD Christchurch Autumn Season event.
Editor for Nature magazine for over 20 years, and author of Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything, Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler, and Invisibility: the Dangerous Allure of the Unseen. He will visit New Zealand for the 2015 Auckland Writers Festival and two Royal Society of New Zealand talks.
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 .
Kim Thúy is a Canadian writer whose family fled Saigon as boat people during the Vietnam War. Her autobiographical novel Ru was an award winning bestseller - drawing on her refugee past. Her latest novel is Man. She will be speaking at the Auckland Writer's Festival in May.
Stephanie Alexander is regarded as one of Australia's great food authors and educators. She has set up several restaurants and is the author of the several cook books, including the best-selling The Cook's Companion which has sold more than half a million copies. She set up the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation in 2004, which runs gardening and cooking programmes in primary schools. Penguin has just published her memoir, A Cooks Life. She is speaking at the Dunedin and Auckland...
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.
Journalists Luke Harding, Nicky Hager and Richard King discuss freedom of speech in an era of big data, mass surveillance and the unauthorised release of information on a scale never before seen. The Press Editor Joanna Norris 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.