Guest details for Saturday Morning 5 December 2009

8:15 Kamila Shamsie

Kamila Shamsie is one of the new wave of Pakistani novelists who have found success in both Pakistan and the West. She is the author of five novels; her most recent, Burnt Shadows, is an epic narrative shortlisted for the 2009 Orange Prize. Kamila will visit Wellington in March next year for New Zealand Post Writers and Readers Week at the New Zealand International Arts Festival 2010.

8:30 Simon Kuper

Simon Kuper is sports columnist for the Financial Times, and author of a number of books; his latest, written with Stefan Szymanski , is Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey - and even Iraq - are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport (Nation Books, ISBN: 9781568584256).

9:05 Jenny Uglow

British biographer, critic and publisher Jenny Uglow, OBE, is editorial director at Chatto & Windus. She has written biographies on Elizabeth Gaskell, William Hogarth, Thomas Bewick and the Lunar Society, and edited the Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Women and The Vintage Book of Ghosts. Her latest book, A Gambling Man: Charles II's Restoration Game (Faber, ISBN: 978-0-571-21733-5), is a study of the tumultuous first decade of the return of Charles II to the throne.

9:45 Maths with Gaven Martin

Gaven Martin is Distinguished Professor in Pure Mathematics at Massey University and the founding director of the NZ Institute for Advanced Study, which aspires to be one of the world's leading centres for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. Gaven will discuss counting.

10:10 Carole King and James Taylor

American singer/songwriters Carole King and James Taylo first performed together during their 1970 debut show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, which helped propel them both to the world stage. With their original band mates - guitarist Danny "Kootch" Kortchmar, drummer Russ Kunkel and bassist Lee Sklar - they have joined forces again for the Troubadour Reunion tour, which comes to Auckland's Vector Arena on 10 April 2010.

11:15 Colin Gibson

Colin Gibson is Emeritus Professor of English at Otago University. His research interests include Chaucer, Renaissance and later drama, New Zealand hymnology, and the interchange between literature and the visual imagination. His publications include editions of Renaissance English dramatists, seventeenth-century poetry, and a large number of hymns and songs. He has been a member of the New Zealand Hymnbook Trust's editorial panel from its inception, and has contributed hymns and musical settings to all its publications, from Alleluia Aotearoa (1992) to Hope is our Song (2009). He is Australasian editor for a Dictionary of World Hymnody, soon to be published jointly in Great Britain and America.

Music played on the programme

Music from the Vatican, featuring the voice of Pope Benedict XVI: Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven)
From the 2009 album: Alma Mater
Played at around 8:40

Topp Twins: Calf Club Day
From the 2009 album: Honky Tonk Angel
(Topp Twins Ltd)
Played at around 9:40

Carole King: Pleasant Valley Sunday
From the 2005 live album: The Living Room Tour
Played at around 10:05

James Taylor: You've Got a Friend
From the 2007 live album: One Man Band
(Hear Music)
Played at around 10:15

Carole King: Been to Canaan
From the 1972 album: Rhymes and Reasons
Played at around 10:25

James Taylor: Long Ago and Far Away
From the 1971 album: Mud Slide Slim
(Warner Bros)
Played at around 10:35

Carole King: So Far Away
From the 2005 live album: The Living Room Tour
Played at around 10:40

James Taylor: Carolina in My Mind
From the 2009 album of the 1970 concert: Amchitka
Played at around 10:50

Carole King: I Feel the Earth Move
From the 1971 album: Tapestry
Played at around 10:55

Richard Hawley: Remorse Code
From his 2009 album: Truelove's Gutter
(Mute Records)
Played at around 11:05

City of Dunedin Choir: He Came Singing Love
The 1972 hymn from the 1994 recording by Radio New Zealand
Played at around 11:20

Festival Singers: These Hills
From the 2007 album: Spirited People
(Festivity Productions)
Played at around 11:45

Manfred Mann's Earth Band: Father of Day, Father of Night,
From the 1973 album: Solar Fire
Played at around 11:55

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Carol Jones
Dunedin engineer: Rod Morgan