Guest information for Saturday 28 June 2008

8:12 Geoffrey Smith

Geoffrey Smith is the director of The English Surgeon, which follows brain surgeon Henry Marsh as he openly confronts the dilemmas of the doctor/patient relationship on his latest mission to the Ukraine. The documentary will screen during the 2008 New Zealand International Film Festivals from July.

8:30 Anne de Courcy

Anne de Courcy has a long career in journalism and has written ten books, including Diana Mosely, Debs at War. Her new book, Snowdon: The Biography (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, ISBN: 978-0297852759), is the first book about the celebrated British photographer who married and divorced Princess Margaret that has been written with his full consent and co-operation.

9:05 Nicholson Baker

American novelist Nicholson Baker (The Mezzanine, Vox, Fermata) is also known for his non fiction writing, and criticism of what he sees as the unnecessary destruction of paper-based media by libraries. His latest book, Human Smoke: the Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilisation (Simon & Schuster, ISBN: 978-1-847-37303-8), is a collation of transcripts that questions the commonly held belief that the Allies wanted to avoid war at all costs but were forced into action by Hitler's crusade.

9:45 Nick Atkinson

After living in Provence for 18 months, New Zealand adventurer and sailor Nick Atkinson has been cycling through Norway and is now in Bodo, just north of the Arctic Circle, preparing to go to the Lofoten Islands. He plays saxophone and keyboards for the funk band Supergroove, who split in 1997, but reunited in 2007 and toured the country over the summer.

10.00 Martin Edmond

New Zealand writer Martin Edmond is based in Sydney. His 2007 book, Waimarino County & Other Excursions (Auckland University Press, ISBN: 978-1-86940-391-1) includes essays on childhood, dreams, Alan Brunton, and the Rosetta Stone, and is a finalist in the Biography category of the 2008 Montana Book Awards.

11:05am Michael Bond

Michael Bond is the creator of Paddington. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first book of adventures of the bear from darkest Peru, and sees the publication of the first new Paddington book in many years: Paddington Here and Now (HarperCollins, ISBN: 978-0-00-726940-2).

11:40am Jo Randerson

Award-winning writer and performer Jo Randerson is curating the exhibition My House Surrounded by a Thousand Suns at TheNewDowse in Lower Hutt (5 July to 26 October). The recipient of a New Zealand Mental Health Media Grant, Randerson's show includes work from individuals formerly known as 'outsider artists', including those with experiences of mental illness and intellectual disability, inspired by her recent trip to Belgium's Guislain Museum.She is the first guest at Conversation, a series of talks with theatre artists and practitioners, hosted by BATS Theatre in Wellington on the last Monday of each month. On Monday 30 June from 7:00pm, Jo will talk to Christian Penny from Toi Whakaari about her work, motivations and dreams, and answer audience questions. Entry is by koha, find out more here.

Music played on the programme

The Four Tops: Walk Away Renee
The 1968 single from the compilation album: 19 Greatest Hits
Played at around 10:15

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Time Will Tell
From the 1978 album: Kaya
(Tuff Gong/Island)
Played at around 10:30

Mariza: Ha Uma Musica Do Povo
From the 2005 album: Transparente
(Times Square Records)
Played at around 10:50

Freddie Williams & The Master Singers: Paddington Bear Theme
From the 1976 album: Paddington's Party Record
Played at around 11:10

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Chris Adams
Pre-record engineers: David Knowles, Steve Burridge, Shannon McKenna, John Roberts