guest host while Kim Hill is on leave.

Guest details for Saturday Morning 4 July 2009

8:15 Frances Kennedy

Frances Kennedy is a New Zealand journalist based in Rome. She will discuss the controversy surrounding Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister of Italy.

8:30 Armando Iannucci

Scottish, writer, performer, producer and director Armando Iannucci has an extensive history in British radio and television (On the Hour, The Day Today, The Armando Iannucci Shows, Time Trumpet). His debut feature film, In the Loop, is an adaptation of the BBC TV series The Thick of It, satirising Anglo-American politics in the 21st century. In the Loop will screen in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin over coming weeks as part of the 2009 New Zealand International Film Festival.

9:05 Scott Horton

Law professor Scott Horton writes on legal and national security affairs for Harper's Magazine and The American Lawyer, among other publications. He writes the No Comment column on the Harper's website, and contributes to The Daily Beast.

9:30 Jennifer Sturm

Auckland writer and researcher Dr Jennifer Sturm is the editor of Anna Kavan's New Zealand: a Pacific Interlude in a Turbulent Life (Vintage, ISBN: 9781869791339). This collection of unpublished stories and examination of previously unseen letters written during a two-year stay in New Zealand during the 1940s offers an insight into the turbulent life of the experimental writer and artist, who struggled with bouts of depression, insecurity and heroin addiction, and had many unconventional love affairs. Jennifer Sturm will talk about Anna Kavan at a free public lecture at Takapuna Library in Auckland from 6:00 to 7:30pm on Wednesday 8 July.

10:10 Playing Favourites with Gary Henderson

Auckland-based playwright and director Gary Henderson is the author of a number of successful plays for adults and young people, including Skin Tight, An Unseasonable Fall of Snow, and Home Land. He currently teaches playwriting at the School of Performing and Screen Arts at Unitec New Zealand. His new play for young audiences, Stealing Games, looks at the privatisation of children's play. It was commissioned by Capital E National Theatre for Children in Wellington, and will play at the theatre from 4-11 July before touring nationwide throughout July and August.

11:15 Janene Tomelty

Janene Tomelty is a cosmetic advisor with over 20 years experience in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. She is the author of Relax...Its only BOTOX (A&A Book Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9805055-3-5).

11:40 Children's Books with Kate De Goldi

Kate De Goldi will discuss the children's classic novel Peter Pan and Wendy by J. M. Barrie, and Peter Pan in Scarlet, by Geraldine McCaughrean (Oxford University Press, ISBN: 0-19-272620-X). McCaughrean, the "best children's writer alive" according to Kate, was selected in 2005 by Great Ormond Street Hospital to write this sequel.

Music played on the programme

The Verlaines: Tomorrow Without You
From the forthcoming 2009 album: Corporate Moronic
Played at around 9:30

Lloyd Cole: Perfect Skin
From the 1984 album: Rattlesnakes
Played at around 11:35

Playing Favourites with Gary Henderson

Matthews Southern Comfort: Woodstock
The 1970 single
Played at around 10:20

Neil Young: Old Man
From the 1971 album: Harvest
Played at around 10:40

Jacques Brel: Amsterdam
The live 1964 recording from the 2004 compilation album: Infiniment
Played at around 10:55

Rosanne Cash September When It Comes
From the 2003 album: Rules of Travel
Played at around 11:05

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Lianne Smith
Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Christchurch engineer: Anna Veale