Saturday Morning guests for 8 March 2008

8:12 Foreign Correspondent: Sameh Habeeb in Gaza

Sameh Habeeb is a Palestinian journalist based in Gaza City.

8:25 James Meek

British writer James Meek has worked as a journalist since 1985, and published several short-story collections and novels, including the 2005 "Siberian western", The People's Act of Love (Text, ISBN: 9781921145506), and his latest novel, We Are Now Beginning Our Descent (Text, ISBN: 9781921351259). James is a guest at a number of events at Writers and Readers Week from 11-16 March, during the 2008 New Zealand International Arts Festival.

9:05 Sir Jackie Stewart

Scottish race car driver Sir Jackie Stewart won 27 Grand Prix races and was world champion three times on the Formula One circuit. An advocate for driver safety, he worked as a television sportscaster after his retirement. His autobiography, Winning Is Not Enough (Headline, ISBN 13: 9780755315383), is published with an accompanying bonus visual book enhancement DVD with over 50 minutes of unseen footage.

9:45 Kate's Klassic: All Quiet on the Western Front

Kate Camp will discuss All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque, translated from the German by Brian Murdoch (Vintage, ISBN: 0-099-48347-5), originally published in 1929 as Im Westen Nichts Neues.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Ben Kemp

Poet and musician Ben Kemp has been living in Tokyo for six years, where he contributes songs, guitar and vocals to Uminari, a "Poly'nAsian" band featuring Japanese musicians Koyu Suzuki (bass, vocals), Mitsuru Ogata (flute) and Taro (percussion). Ben Kemp and Uminari are touring New Zealand in support of Ben's third studio album, The Un-Cut Apple (Suzuki/Ode), playing in Wellington on Thursday 13 March and Christchurch the following night. Ben's new collection of poetry, The Monks Who Tend the Gardens with Tiny Scissors (Printed Matter Press) will be published later this year.

11:05 Food with Geoff Lawton

Geoff Lawton is a world-renowned designer of permaculture, or permanent agriculture. His work on the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive ecosystems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems has taken him to ecological "badlands" and areas of extreme cultural conflict around the planet, as well as more peaceful areas like the Rainbow Valley Farm north of Auckland, where he has flown in from Cuba to help teach a residential course. Geoff is the founding director of the acclaimed Permaculture Research Institute, which works in more countries and co-ordinates more projects on the ground than any other similar institute.

11:30 Akram Khan

British-Bangladeshi dancer and choreographer Akram Khan is an associated artist of Sadler's Wells Theatre and has been awarded an MBE for his services to the UK dance community. He has collaborated with artists as diverse as writer Hanif Kureishi, musician Nitin Sawhney, and pop star Kylie Minogue. Sacred Monsters, his 2006 duet with Rudolf Nureyev's protégée Sylvie Guillem, explores the boundaries between ballet and Indian classical kathak, and will be performed at the 2008 New Zealand International Arts Festival on 7 and 8 March. Akram will also give a Festival lecture and demonstration on 8 March.

Music from Playing Favourites with Ben Kemp

Ben Kemp & Uminari: Tenatee's Jukebox
From the 2008 album: Inside the Un-cut Apple

Tim Buckley: Wayfaring Stranger
Recorded in 1967 prior to the sessions for his album Happy Sad. From the 2006 compilation box set: Forever Changing: The Golden Age of Elektra Records 1963-1973

Ben Kemp: Muddy Eyes, Starlight
Live version in Radio New Zealand studio of a track from the 2008 Ben Kemp & Uminari album: Inside the Un-cut Apple

Ben Kemp and Mitsuru Ogata: Juni Gatsu (poem)
Live version in Radio New Zealand studio

Ben Kemp and Mitsuru Ogata: Frangipani
Live version in Radio New Zealand studio of a track from the 2006 Ben Kemp album: Papatu Road (Suzuki)

The Playing Favourites segment of the Saturday Morning programme is repeated at 4.06am on the Thursday morning following initial broadcast.