Guest details for Saturday Morning 11 December 2010

8:15 James E Young

James E. Young is Professor of English and Judaic Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Chair of the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, and the author of a number of books and articles, many concerning the Holocaust. His work extends to examining the symbolism of memorial structures, and he was appointed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to the jury for the competition that found a winning design for the World Trade Center Site Memorial, which is now under construction. Professor Young delivered a keynote lecture at the Contained Memory Conference co-hosted by Massey University at Te Papa, Wellington (9-11 December).

8:35 Pat White

Pat White is a poet, essayist and artist whose work reflects his passion for the natural environment and an exploration of the way individuals relate to the land. He has published seven poetry collections since 1977, most recently Planting the Olives (2004), and was writer in residence at the Robert Lord Cottage in Dunedin 2009-10, and at Randell Cottage, Wellington, during 2010. In 2009, he completed an MA in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters with a folio of essays entitled How the Land Lies, which has now been published as a book (Victoria University Press, ISBN: 978-0-86473-638-3). He used the Randell Cottage residency to work on a biography of West Coast writer, teacher and environmentalist Peter Hooper.

9:05 Sean Egan

British writer Sean Egan's first professional writing work was a brief stint providing scripts for the television soap opera EastEnders. He is currently a journalist specialising in popular culture, and is the author of the novel Sick of Being Me. His latest book is 50 Years of Coronation Street: the (Very) Unofficial Story (JR Books, ISBN: 978-1-90677-980-1) tracing the history of the popular television series currently screening on TV ONE.

9:45 Language with Jen Hay

Jen Hay is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Canterbury, and is the director of the New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour. Last month she won a Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, and the University of Canterbury College of Arts Research Award. She will talk about this week's launch of the NZILBB, and associated workshop in Christchurch.

10:05 Playing Favourites with Makerita Urale

Makerita Urale is a playwright, producer and documentary director. Her 1998 play, Frangipani Perfume, was the first Pacific play written by a woman for an all-female cast, and her political documentary, Children of the Revolution, won the 2008 Qantas Award for Best Maori Programme. Makerita was the 2010 recipient of the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer's Residency, and recently returned from Hawaii, where she completed her new play, The Heathen's Way. She has just taken the position of Senior Programme Adviser, Pacific Arts Portfolio, at Creative New Zealand.

11:10 Keith Bulfin

New Zealander Keith Bulfin has worked in the finance and accounting industries in South Africa, the UK, Papua New Guinea and Australia. In 1980s Melbourne, while working as a share and mortgage broker, he was convicted of conspiracy to defraud, and spent three years in prison. His friendship there with Mexican fugitives led to his recruitment by the US Department of Justice to operate a covert banking operation in Mexico for the drug cartels. He fictionalised his experiences for the new novel Undercover (Bantam, ISBN: 978-1-74166-950-3).

11:45 Children's Books with Kate De Goldi

Kate De Goldi will discuss two new books for very young readers - The Noisy Book by Soledad Bravi (Gecko, ISBN: 978-1-877467-52-3); and Duck's Stuck! by Kyle Mewburn, illustrated by Ali Teo and John O'Reilly (Scholastic, 2008, ISBN: 978-1-86943-826-5); a chapter book for junior readers (and the very old), Dawn Shops & Other Stories by J L Brisley (M.D. Latimer, ISBN: 978-0-473-16435-5); and a novel, On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Candlewick Press; ISBN: 978-0-7636-3722-4).

Music played during the programme

Plan B: Love Goes Down
From the 2010 album: The Defamation of Strickland Banks
Played at around 8:30

Ronnie Hunt and band: Theme from Coronation Street
From the 2005 compilation album: 50 of the Best All Time ITV Theme Tunes
Played at around 9:05

Playing Favourites with Makerita Urale

Huguette Tourangeau (mezzo) and Joan Sutherland (soprano) with L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, conducted by Richard Bonynge: Belle nuit, ô nuit d'amour
The "baracolle" from the 1972 recording of: The Tales of Hoffman, by Jacques Offenbach
Played at around 10:20

Bill Sevisi and Melenau Lynno: Pearly Shells
From the 2000 compilation album: Pacific Paradise
Played at around 10:35

Daphne Walker: Haere Mai
From the compilation album : Golden Hits of Daphne Walker
Played at around 10:50

King Kapisi: Screems from the Old Plantation
From the 2001 album: Savage Thoughts
(Festival Mushroom)
Played at around 11:05

Studio operators

Wellington engineer: Andrew Dalziel
Christchurch engineer: Andrew Collins