Guest details for Saturday Morning 15 May 2010

Live from the Auckland studio of Radio New Zealand

8:15 Adrian Wooldridge

Adrian Wooldridge is Management Editor for The Economist, where he writes the Schumpeter column. He has also served as the weekly newspaper's Washington Bureau Chief, Los Angeles Correspondent, and Social Policy Editor, specialising in education and health care. With fellow Economist journalist John Micklethwait he has written five books on globalisation and business, most recently God is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith is Changing the World (Allen Lane, ISBN: 978-0-713-99902-0), and is about to re-release an updated edition of his 1996 book, The Witch Doctors. Adrian is a guest at the 2010 Auckland Writers and Readers Festival (12-16 May).

8:40 Julien Smith

Julien Smith is an author, consultant, and speaker who has been involved in online communities for over 15 years, and was one of the first people on the web to use podcasting. Julien is the co-author with Chris Brogan of the book Trust Agents: Using the Web to Build Influence, Improve Reputation, and Earn Trust (John Wiley & Sons, ISBN: 9780470743089), and is a keynote speaker at the Social Media Junction internet conference in Auckland (17-18 May).

9:05 Thomas Keneally

Thomas Keneally was awarded the Order of Australia in 1983 for his services to Australian literature. He has been short-listed for the Booker Prize four times, and won the 1982 Booker with Schindler's Ark, which was made into the Oscar-winning film. His latest novel, The People's Train, was published in 2009, and his most recent work is the first in a three-volume history series, Australians: Origins to Eureka (Allen & Unwin, ISBN: 9781741750690), with successive volumes to be published in 2011 and 2013. He is a guest at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

9:45 Art with Mary Kisler

Mary Kisler is the Mackelvie Curator of International Art at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. She will discuss work by Richard Bell and Tom Nicholson at the 4th Auckland Triennial, 'Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon', which runs to 20 June 2010 at five spaces in central Auckland. Mary is working on a book about European art in New Zealand's public collections. To view images under discussion from the artists, click on the Art on Saturday Morning link on the right hand side of this page.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Charlie Higson

Charlie Higson was the singer in British pop group The Higsons, and started writing for television in the late 1980s. He and writing partner Paul Whitehouse worked with comedian Harry Enfield, then went on to create and star in The Fast Show from 1994 to 2000. He has also worked as performer, writer and producer on many other shows including The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer, Shooting Stars, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), and new series Bellamy's People. He wrote four thriller novels for adults in the early 1990s and is the author of the hugely successful series about the young James Bond (SilverFin, Blood Fever, Double or Die, Hurricane Gold, By Royal Command). Last year saw the publication of his apocalyptic youth vs zombies book The Enemy (Puffin, ISBN: 9780141325026); the sequel is due out later this year. Charlie is a guest at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

11:05 John Carey

John Carey is Emeritus Merton Professor of English at Oxford University, a distinguished critic, reviewer, broadcaster, Booker judge and the author of many books, including studies of Donne, Dickens and Thackeray, and the celebrated 2005 polemic What Good are the Arts? (Faber, ISBN: 0-571-22603-5). His most recent work is the biography William Golding: The Man Who Wrote Lord of the Flies (Faber, ISBN: 978-0-571-23163-8). He is a guest at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

11:40 Rick Gekoski

Rick Gekoski started a rare-books business in 1982, and is one of the world's leading specialist dealers in modern English, Irish and American literature. He has also worked as a university teacher, publisher, critic, bibliographer and broadcaster, and will chair the judges for the International Man Booker Prize in 2011. His new book is Outside of a Dog: a Bibliomemoir (Peribo, ISBN: 978-1863-220248), and he is a guest at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.

Music played during the programme

Balkan Beat Box: Blue Eyed Black Boy
From the 2010 album: Blue Eyed Black Boy
(Crammed Discs)
Played at around 9:45

Playing Favourites with Charlie Higson

John Barry Orchestra: James Bond Theme
From the soundtrack to the 1962 film: Dr No
(United Artists)
Played at around 10:05

The Higsons: I Don't Want to Live with Monkeys
The 1981 single from the 1992 compilation: Attack of the Cannibal Zombie Businessmen
(Sartorial Records)
Played at around 10:15

Philip Glass: An Unwelcome Friend
From the soundtrack to the 2004 film: The Hours
Played at around 10:30

Taraf de Haidouks: Rind de Hore
From the 1987 compilation album: Musique des Tziganes de Roumanie
(Crammed Discs)
Played at around 10:45

Studio operators

Auckland engineer: Jeremy Ansell
Wellington engineer: Lianne Smith