Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas Podcast

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MOMENTS OF CLARITY: Nicole Flattery (Show Them a Good Time) discusses her acclaimed debut collection and the short story form, with Booker-nominee Donal Ryan.
"HORROR UPON HORROR'S HEAD ACCUMULATES": War correspondents and sufferers from PTSD Ben Anderson and Ed Vulliamy talk about the enduring nightmare of shell shock and post-traumatic stress disorder with neuroscientist Shane O'Mara.
"IMMOBILITY IS GASOLINE FOR THE IMAGINATION": Sinead Gleeson talks about her remarkable memoir of resilience, Constellations, with Anne Enright.
FIDELITY AND REPRESENTATION IN STORY-TELLING: Hisham Matar (Anatomy of a Disappearance, The Return) and Christina Lamb (I am Malala, The Girl from Aleppo) talk with BBC journalist Kirsty Lang about constructing narratives from real-life events.
SEX, LIES AND THE GENERATION GAP: Agony-aunt Philippa Perry considers how searching for love, and staying sane, have changed with the advent of social media and shifting values.
Historian and passionate cultural commentator Simon Schama luxuriates in what he calls 'the performing tumble of language' with fellow writer William Dalrymple.
Welcome Prize winner Mark O'Connell talks about his extraordinary book Notes from an Apocalypse where he documents the strange word of 'preppers' and Doomsdayers, with journalist and curiosity-shop Misha Glenny
Sonali Deraniyagala - whose book Wave tells of experiencing her family being carried away to their deaths by the 2004 Tsunami which she survived - and Mary Cregan, whose graceful memoir The Scar chronicles a descent into depression - talk to neuroscientist Shane O'Mara about finding the resolve to live with personal trauma.
US scholar and author James Shapiro and Irish Times journalist Fintan O'Toole discuss the subversion of laughter - and everything else - in Shakespeare.
THE VULVA REVOLUTION: Lynn Enright (Vagina: A Re-education) and Naomi Wolf (Outrages: Sex, Cesnorship and the Criminalisation of Love) discusses sexual taboos, repression and the power of knowledge with BBC broadcaster Kirsty Lang. 
Michael Morpurgo (War Horse) and Clare Morpurgo (founder of the charity Farms for City Children) talk about their initiative to bring the skills of farming and the outdoor life to inner-city kids.
Award-winning journalists Lindsey Hilsum (In Extremis) and Ben Anderson (Holidays in the Axis of Evil) give an illustrated talk about the life and death of the war correspondent Marie Colvin. Including film footage.
ONE MINUTE TO MIDNIGHT: Tim Smit (Eden Project) and Lucy Siegle (Turning the Tide on Plastic) suggest 11th hour actions to save our planet.
Prolific writer Anthony Horowitz (author of the Alex Rider series, and the most recent James Bond novels) talks about the inspirations and experiences that drove him to such immense success. Questions come from a live audience of children.
MAKING IT NEW: Storyteller Kevin Barry (Night Boat to Tangier) discusses creativity, freshness, energy, influence and collaboration, with musician David Kitt. Includes readings and music.
WHAT WOULD HITCHENS SAY NOW?: Martin Amis remembers Christopher Hitchens with Julian Barnes.
ONE STEP AT A TIME: Neuroscientist Shane O'Mara (In Praise of Walking) talks with Jerry White (Nobel prize winner and landmine survivor) about walking to clarity. Moderated by pioneer weaver of ideas and keen walker Andy Middleton.
RWANDA, 25 YEARS LATER: Giles Duley, founder of the Legacy of War Foundation, gives an illustrated talk about his continuing work with genocide survivors in Kigali with war correspondent Ben Anderson.
PARENTS, YOU WILL WANT TO KNOW THIS: Psychotherapist Philippa Perry (The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)) discusses encouraging game-changing strategies with journalist Roisin Ingle.
UP AGAINST THE WALL: Investigative journalists Carl Bernstein and Ed Vulliamy discuss real-life 'Narcos', Trump's wall, migrants and law and crime along the US-Mexico border. Moderated by Misha Glenny (McMafia)
THE MIRACLE OF SHAKESPEARE: Fiona Shaw (actor, theatre and film director) and James Shapiro (scholar and author) explore the inventiveness and transformative nature of Shakespeare's language and its changing resonance for each generation. Readings by Fiona Shaw.
This week, four award-winning war correspondents - Christina Lamb (I Am Malala and chief foreign correspondent for The Sunday Times), Lara Marlowe (The Things I Have Seen and correspondent with The Irish Times) and Lindsey Hilsum (In Extremis: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin and International Editor for Channel 4) and Ben Anderson (No Worse Enemy and conflict reporter for Vice) - discuss the challenges, ethics, insights and consequences of covering conflict zones. These are some of the bravest writers working today, with a common cause to drive them on: telling the world about injustice, so that the injustice will stop. Listen to the free podcast here:
Writer and activist Sinead Burke discuss the importance of how our individual rights should inform fashion design, and how plenty of other life choices also need a rethink, with Sinead Gleeson Listen to the free podcast here:
Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes and Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon chew the cud on the 'the good things in life'. It was Sunday Morning, June 2019, and it felt like the right time to discuss how to avoid poisoning one's friends in the kitchen, the reverential love of music by writers, rare herbs that grow in people's hedges, and so on. Listen to the free podcast here:
DALRYMPLE'S INDIA: William Dalrymple has been for some years the most eloquent chronicler of Indian history. This talk draws from his recent book The Anarchy: The Fall of the Mughal Empire and the Rise of the East India Company, a gripping parable of gore and deceit, of unimaginable opulence and intolerable starvation, a cautionary tale of the rise of the East India Company and a supreme act of corporate violence in history. Listen to the free podcast here
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The Festival of Writing and Ideas
Podcast Status
Jan 10th, 2020
Latest Episode
Oct 28th, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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